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Oh, and by the way, Councillor Mr Jim Ryan, the new signs are not replacing the “old outdated signs”; same old signs still remain in place to this very day, to the embarrassment of Thurles town dwellers.
One such embassassment indeed exists within metres from your own front gate on Manor Mill Road, which you, as an elected councillor, from 2008 to current date, has driven past several times daily, for the last 11 years.

Readers please note: The Erin Foods factory that had been in operation in Thurles, Co Tipperary, for 46 years, closed in June 2008, with the loss of 95 jobs, never to be replaced.

While it may take, as in this case, over 15 months to be acted on; note, of course we do not mind Co. Councillors making “gratuitous acclaim” on their social media pages for that which we have highlighted on numerous occasions, e.g. [July 10th 2018] – [March 21st, 2019], same brought about by “the unyoked humour of said councillor’s continued idleness”. Yes, we intend to continue to highlight such issues into the future, in our attempt to highlight that which requires immediate action, within our local community.

Thurles.Info are delighted to observe that at last local Thurles Municipal District councillors are reading our website and taking the information, gleaned from same, to Tipperary Co. Council meetings.

Perhaps Councillor Mr Jim Ryan might like to make contact again with Tipperary Co. Council engineers, tomorrow morning; as their appointed workforce would appear to have been working in the dark on the Templemore Road in the last few days.

Do check in with us in the coming days, when we again hope to bring “a rush of blood” to the faces of our local elected representatives.


Contract Signed For Refurbishment Of Liberty Square, Thurles.

Liberty Square, Thurles. (Top of picture facing in an easterly direction. New car parking area outlined on right hand side.)
Picture G. Willoughby

The contract for the long-awaited refurbishment of Liberty Square in Thurles was signed yesterday October 24th. Plans had initially been finalised and announced first in February 2017.

The Company of Mr David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd has been successful in winning the Tipperary Co. Council tender.

We understand that work is expected to commence towards the end of November 2019, beginning first with the new carpark provision, same located on the southside of the town. Work here is expected to be completed in approximately four months, (March 2020).

Work to refurbish Liberty Square itself is then expected to begin in March 2020.


Motorcyclist Loses Life In Co. Tipperary Collision

A male motorcyclist, aged in his 30’s, has lost his life following a fatal road crash in North Co. Tipperary.

The motorcycle is understood to have accidentally struck another parked vehicle, at approximately 7.40pm last evening, on the Ballinderry road, close to the village of Puckane.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene before his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick, where a post-mortem is expected be carried out later today.

Gardaí are appealing for any information and have requested witnesses with knowledge of the incident to contact them at Nenagh Garda Station Tel: 067 50450; the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any garda station.

Yesterday’s tragic road death brings to 118 the number of persons killed on Irish roads so far this year, 2019; 7 more than for the same period in 2018. So far this year 21 pedestrians; 62 drivers; 14 passengers; 14 motorcyclists and 7 pedal cyclists have lost their lives.

A total of 149 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads during the whole of 2018, as a result of 142 fatal road collisions.


Revamping Of Liberty Square, Thurles, Maybe In Sight

It had been widely broadcast by local Town Councillors, that work on the revamping of Liberty Square in Thurles would commence in August 2019. Now however, according to Co. Council officials, the first week of September last, only saw tenders being sought for the first time.

Liberty Square, Thurles. (Top of picture facing in an easterly direction). Picture G. Willoughby

Plans had been finalised and initially announced in February 2017, now nearly 3 years later, the successful contractor is expected to be appointed in mid-October 2019, possibly start work on the new car park at the end of October or early November of this year, on the new carpark, demolished some 16 months ago and then neglected. The appointed contractor is expected to finish this carpark area by March or April of 2020, thus hopefully continuing to grant consumer access to the centre of Thurles.

In February / March of 2020, the Co. County officials promise that we should see the beginning of the temporary, yet necessary removal of some currently existing street furniture on Liberty Square itself, followed by new road re-alignments and the later re-introduction of both old and new street furniture, together with the new revised traffic management plan.

When it comes to announcements from reticent, cagy and guarded officials in Tipperary Co. Council, we have all learned to refrain from holding our breath.


New Bus Route Connecting Thurles With Limerick

A new daily Local Link bus service route, (391) in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, will connect Thurles (Departing Thurles Railway Station) with Limerick, beginning its service on Monday next, September 23rd.

Thurles – Limerick New Local Link Bus Timetable

This route will include stops in Ballycahill; Upperchurch; Kilcommon; Rearcross; Newport; Knockbrack; University College Limerick (UL), haulting at Authors Quay.

Same is expected to bring about a permanent enhancement and a long-term transport solution to meet the needs of 3rd level students, city and town shoppers and other visiting commuters, living in these rural areas.

The first daily service will depart from Thurles at 7:00am, while the last daily service will depart at 4:00pm.

The first return bus service (Departing Author’s Quay) from Limerick will leave at 8.50am, with the last service departing this same return Limerick – Thurles route at 5.50pm.

Note: All services will be in operation seven days a week, including Bank Holiday Mondays.