Massive Security Cordon For Queen’s Visit To Tipperary

Queen Elizabeth - Welcome To Your Home County

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is due to visit Cashel and Fethard in Co.Tipperary on Friday morning next, with a large force of Gardaí and security personnel to be drafted in.

In Cashel, where the Queen will visit the historical “Rock,” (In Irish: Carraig Phádraig) traffic flow restrictions on the M8 are being put in place, beginning from next Monday until next Friday inc, with both carriageways reduced to just one lane. Vehicles will be required, in specified areas, to reduce their speed below 100kmph. Some restrictions in Cashel town will also commence in advance of this visits, fully agreed following local consultation with business and residents in key areas.

With effect from next Thursday evening, access to Cashel will be from Junction 9 of the M8 only, with all other exits effectively closed. Vehicle Information Signs will be put in place on the northbound lane at Junction 10, (Cahir south of Cashel) and at the 2km Junction for Cashel, with motorists warned to make careful note.

A cordon will be placed around Cashel, sealing off the town, between 6.00pm next Thursday and 12.00noon the following day, and only those with valid passes, e.g. local residents and business owners, allowed through a 7km outer cordon around the town.

Police cordons will also be placed around Fethard and Killenaule, as and from Thursday evening, continuing until noon on Friday, although gardai state that business will be permitted to continue as normal, for the most part.

Gardaí have warned the public to allow ample extra time for necessary journeys and to use public transport if at all possible, but point out that some bus timetables may be subject to disruption for short periods of time.

On Friday afternoon the Queen will continue on her visit to Co.Cork, and will not be visiting Thurles, her Ancestral Home, mainly due to the inability of Bord Failte, Politicians, County and Local Councillors and other marketing groups, charged with the Development of Thurles as a Tourist attraction, and who failed to forward an invitation within a proper and appropriate time frame.

Over the coming days we here in Thurles will be showing you, what the Queen missed by not including Thurles in her itinerary.

Meanwhile Your Majesty, “Fáilte roimh do chontae dúchais do Co.Thiobraid Árann.” (Translated “Welcome to your home county, Co.Tipperary.”)


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