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Winter Maintenance 2016-2017- Salting Routes – Tipperary

Tipperary County Council’s Winter Maintenance Schedule 2016/17.


Priority 1 Routes (Red)  –  Priority 2 Routes (Blue).

The winter maintenance period lasts from mid October to the end of April each year. Tipperary County Council are constantly striving to improve its winter maintenance service; however, neither the local authority nor Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) (formerly the NRA) has a statutory obligation to pre-salt roads. The aim, however, is to keep priority roads safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.

Having regard to the Council’s resources in terms of finance, equipment and staffing levels and to maximise benefit to road users, winter maintenance of roads in Tipperary is prioritised on the following basis:-
Priority 1: M7 Motorway, M8 Motorway, National Roads, and Regional Roads of strategic importance, e.g. Expressway Bus routes, access to Train and Bus Depots, Hospitals, Ambulance routes, and Fire Stations.
Priority 2: Regional Roads with high volume of traffic using the road and access to major schools and industries.
Priority 3: Other regional roads, town streets and local county roads are on a priority basis.
(In extreme weather events Priority 1 routes will take precedence over Priority 2 routes in terms of allocation of available resources).

The Council has a quid pro quo agreements with Waterford, Limerick, and Kilkenny County Councils to treat routes in each other’s areas to increase efficiency of treatment routes and have three storage barns with a total capacity of approx 2,700 tonnes of salt, which is sufficient to treat a 5 day snow event. Eleven crews are rostered to pre-salt Priority 1 and Priority 2 Routes (approx. 1,010 Km) before the onset of expected icy conditions. These spreaders can have snow blades fitted in the event of snow.

It is common for a variance in road temperatures to occur across the county, which may result in only some of the routes being pre-treated on any particular night.

In the event of dangerous road conditions i.e. black ice, white frost, snow, flooding, muck or any other unscheduled and therefore hazardous condition, the responsibility remains for the road user to drive at an appropriate speed with all due care and attention and in accordance with all prevailing conditions.

Remember Tipperary County Council are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.


Tipperary (Thurles) Library To Host Discussion On 1916 Rising

Tipperary Library Service to host a panel discussion on the 1916 Rising.

Executive Librarian (Thurles Library), M/s Ann-Marie Brophy reports:

As 2016 draws to a close, Tipperary County Council Library Service will hold an author panel event; same entitled: – ‘1916: Remembering the Rising’.

The Source Arts Centre

The Source Library

Join our panel discussion to remember, reflect and re-imagine this pivotal period in Irish history. The panel will feature writers who have approached the subject in diverse and interesting ways. Chaired by Mr Fran Curry, broadcaster with Tipp FM and he will be joined in conversation by M/s Marita Conlon-McKenna, Dr Fearghal McGarry, and M/s Mary Morrissy. The event will take place on Thursday 24th November, at 7.00pm in the Source Library & Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Panel Discussion – Guest Members.
Marita Conlon-McKenna is a well known author of fiction for both children and adults. Her latest novel, ‘Rebel Sisters’, is set in Ireland during the 1916 Rising and is based on the real life Gifford sisters – Muriel, Grace, and Nellie – three young women at the very heart of the Rising. ‘Rebel Sisters’ has been shortlisted for the ‘Popular Fiction Book of the Year’ at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

Dr Fearghal McGarry is based in Queen’s University, Belfast, and is the author of many books about Irish modern history, including ‘The Rising: Ireland, Easter 1916’. Much of his recent research on the Easter Rising of 1916 has focused on the role of memory and commemoration in Irish history.

Mary Morrissy is the author of ‘The Rising of Bella Casey’, which explores the life of Bella Casey, an ambitious young schoolteacher, and her relationship with her brother, the celebrated Irish playwright Sean O’Casey.

As stated, the panel will be chaired by Mr Fran Curry, well known broadcaster from Tipp FM. This free event is presented by Tipperary County Council Library Service and has received funding from the Tipperary 2016 Programme.

For further information:
Please contact M/s Ann-Marie Brophy, (Executive Librarian), Tipperary County Council Library Service at Telephone: 0761 06 6100.

Promises to be a ‘must attend’ event for lovers of Irish History.


Death Of Carmel Maher, Fennor, Thurles

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 9th November 2016, of M/s Carmel Maher, Fennor, Urlingford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary / Kimmage, Dublin

M/s Maher passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Nurses and Staff at St. James’ Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Maher will repose at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford, on Friday from 4.00pm until 6.00pm; to arrive at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe, at 6.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday at 11.30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Fennor Cemetery, Urlingford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please, however donations, if desired, to Cancer Research Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Biddy Ryan To Be 2016 Inductee Into LGFA Hall Of Fame

biddy_ryanYesterday saw Tipperary’s M/s Bridget (Biddy) Ryan introduced as the 2016 inductee into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame (LGFA). One of the founding members of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, she attended the first ever meeting of the LGFA at Hayes Hotel here in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary back in 1974.

M/s Ryan has held a long association with Ladies Gaelic Football, having played with Co.Tipperary through the 60’s and early 70’s, before retiring just before the first ever Ladies Gaelic Football All Ireland Final in 1974. Same final featured Tipperary; the team of which she was then acting Secretary, and who defeated Offaly in October of that same year.

Since 1974, M/s Ryan has continued her  involvement in an administrative capacity with Co. Tipperary, and currently holds the Post of Chairperson of the Tipperary Ladies County Board.

M/s Ryan is also one of the founding member of her local club in Ardfinnan, and remains both a member and an Administrator of that club. She will officially be inducted into the Ladies Gaelic Football Hall of Fame on Saturday next at the ‘TG4 All Stars’ which will be held in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.

Congratulations and thank you for your huge contribution to sport.


Thurles To Templemore Road – Temporary Closure

Tipper cocoA decision has been made (Under the Temporary Closing of Roads Act, 1993-2015, [section 75 of the roads act 1993] roads regulations, 1994), by Tipperary County Council to close the Thurles to Templemore Road (N62) at Kilkillahara, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This closure is necessary to facilitate road resurfacing works and same will come into effect from 06.00hrs on Monday 21st November 2016, until 18.00hrs on Friday 2nd December 2016.

Northbound traffic will be diverted at the Thurles Link Road (Jimmy Doyle Road) via the R498 to Borrisoleigh and the R501 Borrisoleigh to Templemore road, with Southbound traffic being diverted vice versa.

Local access only will be fully facilitated during this period and Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience which may be caused.