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Tipperary – Second Road Fatality In Two Days

GardaA man, aged in his early 70’s, has died after he was struck by a car here in north Co Tipperary.

The incident happened at Lahinch on the Borrisokane to Portumna (N65) road at around 9.30 am this morning. The man is understood to have been propelling a bicycle some 3km outside Portumna, when he was struck by a car driven by a 51 year old female.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the collision, however the cyclist sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. His body has since been removed to University Hospital Limerick, where a post mortem will be carried out later today.

The road was closed pending a forensic collision examination and diversions were put in place.

Gardaí in Borrisokane are appealing for witnesses to contact them on Tel: 067-27101, or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800-666-111 or indeed any Garda station.

This death today is the second such incident on Tipperary roads this week, with a motorcyclist in his 70’s also killed, following a collision with a car close to Templemore; mid-morning on Wednesday last.  This now brings to 17 the number of people killed on roads in Tipperary this year.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has stated it is greatly concerned about the high level of road fatalities nationally, this year.  The RSA also confirm that 189 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, 18 of which were killed in County Tipperary alone.

In 2013, 190 people were killed in road accidents, latter the highest number killed when figures are compared with the previous seven years.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Upperchurch Christmas Night Hike Sunday Next

Annual Upperchurch Christmas Night Hike


The now annual festive ‘Christmas Night Hike’ will take place once again this year in Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on this coming Sunday evening, (Dec. 21st) next.

This most enjoyable of annual events will start from the Community Centre in the village, beginning at at 6.30 p.m. sharp and registration prior to this walk is €5 for adults with children free.

Please do note the earlier than usual starting time this year, with the hike taking to the Knockalough trail, thus ensuring that the ground under foot remains reasonably dry.

Expect the usual Christmas seasonal prayers, readings, carols and reflections, so much enjoyed in previous years, with the usual festive fare supplied for inner warmth.

Complimentary tea and sandwiches will also be available in the hall afterwards, followed by some seasonal festivity later, supplied as always by the local hostelries located in this most picturesque of upland Tipperary villages.

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Staff Removed From Two Roscrea Disability Units

HSEThe Health Service Executive (HSE) has stated that ten staff, together with one agency worker, have been removed from their duties at two care units responsible for the caring of adults with intellectual disabilities, situated in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

In their statement the HSE says that the Daughters of Charity order, which operate these units on their behalf, have taken this step having receiving a number of complaints from one individual; thus placing “off duty” without prejudice, eleven employees as a protective measure.

The HSE and the centre’s management have notified the health and social services watchdog HIQA and the Gardaí, regarding these alleged complaints.

This investigation comes to light just a week after the HSE announced a separate investigation into care standards at Aras Atttracta, a disability centre in Co Mayo.

The HSE statement further emphasises that staff and clients should make complaints where they become aware of abuse, bad practices or improper attitudes towards any vulnerable person and maintain that they will respond quickly to any such complaints in an appropriate and expeditious manner.

Other complaints can be made directly to the HSE by emailing

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Elderly Male Dead Following Motorcycle Collision.

gardaA male motorcyclist has regrettably died following a road traffic accident, one mile approximately from Templemore, near Thurles in Co Tipperary.

It is understood that a car and a motorcycle collided at Cloone Cross, Templemore, at around 11.55am yesterday morning.

The motorcyclist involved, understood to be aged in his 70’s, was seriously injured and was rushed to University Hospital in Limerick, where last night he was pronounced dead. The driver of the car was reported as not injured in the collision and the road remained closed yesterday morning for forensic investigation.

Area Gardaí from Templemore are investigating this incident and have appealed for witnesses to contact them at Templemore Garda Station on Tel: 0504 32630, or on the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The deceased elderly man has not been, as yet, officially named until next of kin have been notified.

So far in 2014, 188 people have now died on Irish roads (16 of which died in Co Tipperary) and of which 21 overall deaths involved motorcyclists.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Tipperary Woman Loses Claim Against Killarney Hotel

Thurles Club For DancingA 76-year-old Tipperary woman, Ms Eileen Britton, has failed in her claim against the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, after slipping as she left the ballroom floor during an annual event known as the Lisdoonvarna Gathering, some five years ago.

At around 1.50am on the morning of Saturday November 27th in 2009, Ms Britton of  Twomileborris, Thurles, Co Tipperary; then aged 71 years, had been leaving the dance floor, in the company of her husband, when she slipped and fractured her left wrist in two places.

Judge James O’Donohoe, sitting at the Circuit Civil Court in Tralee and who had adjourned this case from last Thursday in Killarney, for judgement having heard evidence for some three hours, found in favour of the Killarney hotel establishment.

Ms Britton, who admitted she was wearing dancing shoes with three-inch high heels, maintained the floor was unusually slippy and she had seen other people also slipping.  The Gleneagle Hotel had vehemently denied accusations of using any form of dance powder on its floor, stating it was against the strict policy of the hotel to use any such substances on their maple floor, latter substances normally used in an effort to aid the easy foot movements of those dancing.

Summing up today Judge O’Donohoe stated that the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney was a very well run establishment and was equally well maintained and Ms Britton, he stated, was involved in a somewhat hazardous activity, given her age.

Judge James O’Donohoe also awarded costs against Ms Britton.

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