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Teen Arrested Following Tipperary Multi-Vehicle Collision

A man in his late teens was arrested and taken to Thurles Garda Station yesterday, following the possible theft of a motor vehicle, latter which was involved in a multi-vehicle collision on the M8 Motorway, between Junction 4 (Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny) and Junction 5 (Two-Mile-Borris turn off, Thurles, Co. Tipperary).

The multi-vehicle collision, which happened just before 7:00am yesterday morning, involved two cars and a truck.

A man in his late teens was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Gardaí believe that one of the vehicles, a car, latter involved in the collision, was taken without the owner’s permission from a property in Castletroy, Co. Limerick, late the previous evening.

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Multi-Vehicle Collision In Area Of Thurles Golf Club

According to the AA Roadwatch Newsroom, (summary incident updated at 5:13pm this evening January 10th), the N62 remains blocked in both directions between Thurles and the Horse & Jockey, in the vicinity of Thurles Golf club.

Gardaí advise drivers to take an alternative route, while they deal with a multi-vehicle collision.

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Tipperary Pedestrian Fights For Life Following Cycle Collision

A pensioner out walking on the N24 Limerick to Waterford road, at Glenconnor Upper, outside Clonmellon, Co. Tipperary, remains fighting for his life following a collision with a cyclist.

We understand the male pedestrian; latter aged in his mid-70’s and a local resident of the area, suffered serious injuries yesterday evening, January 6th, at around 6.35pm.

We understand the victim was removed to South Tipperary General Hospital suffering from serious head injuries.

Garda forensic collision investigators have since carried out a technical examination at the scene, however the true circumstances of the accident remain unclear.

Clonmel Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to Monday evening’s collision, and would like to converse with any passing road users who may have dash-cam footage.

Persons with information are asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station, Tel: (052) 6177640, the Garda Confidential Line Tel: (1800) 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.


UPDATE:

The elderly male pedestrian (named as Mr Thomas O’Brien) who received seriously head injuries following a collision with a cyclist on the eve of January 6th, 2020, has sadly passed away.

The Clonmel resident, aged in his mid-70’s; who was out walking at Glenconnor Upper, Clonmel on Monday evening, died at South Tipperary General Hospital yesterday.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Victim Of N24 Motorcycle Accident Named

The man who sadly lost his life at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Saturday last, has now been named as 54-year-old Mr Maurice Feehily, a native of Clonmel, here in Co. Tipperary.

Mr Feehily lost his life in a head-on collision, outside the village of Dromkeen, on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road.

The collision appears to have involved a van and three motorcyclists, all who were travelling in convoy at the time of the incident. While one motorcyclists avoided the collision, others involved suffered only minor or no injuries.

Persons with any information regarding this tragic event, are being requested to contact Bruff Garda Station, Tel: 061 382940; the Garda Confidential Telephone Line at 1800 666 111, or indeed any Garda Station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Cork To Dublin Rural Rail Line Most Delayed This Year

Irish Rail

Back in late November 2019 we raised the issue of the increasing unreliability of Irish Rail on their Cork to Dublin rail line, latter serving Thurles town.

Irish Rail admit that their Cork Kent-to-Dublin Heuston line have had the most delays this year, with almost 14% of train journeys on that route [one of the longest such routes in Ireland at 266 km], being delayed by more than their punctuality target of ten minutes.

The Dublin to Cork line was initially built by the Great Southern and Western Railway (GS&WR), connecting the largest and second largest cities here in the republic of Ireland. Construction first began in 1844, when the GS&WR built a line from Kingsbridge Station (today Heuston Station, Dublin) to Cashel, Co. Tipperary, which they then later extended to Cork city.

Each day, Monday through to Saturday, there are 14 services between Dublin (Heuston) and Cork (Kent), each departing hourly. Similarly, on the return journey there are 15 daily services between Cork Kent and Dublin Heuston, each also departing hourly, with 14 daily departures on Saturday, while on Sundays, travelling Cork Kent – Dublin Heuston – Cork Kent, there exists 10 such services.

Some 14,575 complaints were forwarded to Irish rail by commuters this year, of which 1686 were about seat reservations; while 872 reported issues were with overcrowding. Other complaints raised concerns regarding the temperature of carriages, drug use, intimidation, vandalism, theft, cleanliness and issues around 1st Class status.

Our published report of November 30th last, have already led to several email being received from local rural commuters, mainly students, also complaining about the non-availability of seating accommodation on carriages’ at weekends.

One rather disturbing complaint, however, came from Ms Evelyn Nevin, (Former Thurles Town Councillor & Honours Degree Social Care and Ability Project Co-ordinator), at the RehabCare Resource Centre here in Thurles.

Ms Nevin commented that a ‘Childrens Special Needs Group’ experienced a similar situation failure within Irish Rail last January, akin to our previous report in November 2019. A group of children were being taken on an outing to a “Wild Lights” event at Dublin Zoo. A wheelchair had been booked onto a carriage where no wheelchair space was provided. Staff then wanted the group organisers to leave that child in another carriage on their own. Despite paying nearly €600.00 in advance for reserved seating, no such seating was provided either travelling to or from the event, thus leaving very vulnerable children forced to scatter to find seats throughout various carriages’ on the train, leaving staff minders standing.

Despite communicating RehabCare’s dissatisfaction to Irish Rail chiefs, regarding this unacceptable service afforded to these children; to date, almost 12 months later, no reply, offering any explanation or indeed an apology, has ever been offered by Irish Rail.

Recently, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross has announced a €1 billion investment in Ireland’s heavy rail infrastructure to be introduced over the next five years.

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