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Tipperary M8 Road Closures Notice 2020 / 2021

Temporary Closing Of Road Roads Act, 1993-2015, (Section 75 Of The Roads Act 1993) Roads Regulations, 1994

Reason For Closure:
To Facilitate road works, road stud and road marking renewals by Egis Lagan on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

Notice is hereby given that Tipperary County Council proposes to make an order closing: M8 between Junction 6 and Junction 5 Northbound Closed on 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 23rd and 24th Nov. 2020.

• Divert from M8 Junction 6 (Northbound) via Horse & Jockey, proceed along R639, on to Littleton, L-4202 Twomileborris and re-join M8 at Junction 5.

M8 between Junction 6 and Junction 7 Southbound closed on 11th, 12th, 23rd, 24th, 25th Nov and 3rd Dec.

• Divert from M8 Junction 6 (Southbound) via Horse & Jockey, proceed along R639 and re-join M8 at Junction 7.

M8 between Junction 7 and Junction 6 Northbound 18th, 19th, 26th, 30th Nov, 1st and 2nd Dec.

• Divert from M8 at Junction 7 (Northbound), proceed along R639, on to Horse & Jockey and re-join M8 at Junction 6.

M8 between Junction 7 and Junction 8 Southbound 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th March 2021.

• Divert M8 at Junction 7 (Southbound), proceed along R639 into Main Street Cashel, continue to Upper Friar Street Cashel, re-join M8 at Junction 8.

M8 between Junction 8 and Junction 7 (Northbound) – 1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th March 2021.

• Divert from M8 Junction 8 (Northbound), travel along R639 Cahir Road, continue to R639 Main Street Cashel, on to R639 Dublin Road and re-join M8 at Junction 7.

M8 between Junction 8 and Junction 9 Southbound 23rd & 24th March 2021.

• Divert M8 at Junction 8 (Southbound), travel along Upper Friar Street Cashel, on to R639 Main Street Cashel, R639 Cahir Road and re-join M8 at Junction 9.

M8 between Junction 9 and Junction 8 Northbound 25th & 26th March 2021.

• Divert from M8 Junction 9 (Northbound), proceed along R639 Cahir road, on to R639 Main Street Cashel, then Friar Street Cashel and re-join M8 at Junction 8.

M8 at Junction 10 Merge and Diverge lanes Northbound & Southbound 25th, 26th, 30th November, 2020.

• Traffic travelling North on the M8 wishing to take Junction 10 will need to exit at Junction 11, proceed along the R639 to Cahir / N24.

• Traffic travelling South on the M8 wishing to take Junction 10 will need to take Junction 9 Southbound onto the R639, proceed to N24/Cahir.

• Traffic wishing to join the M8 at Junction 10 Northbound, proceed Northbound along the R639 onto the M8 via Junction 9.

• Traffic wishing to join the M8 at Junction 10 Southbound, proceed Southbound along the N24 onto R639 and join the M8 via Junction 11.

M8 between Junction 11 and Junction 10 Northbound 29th, 30th, 31st March and 1st April 2021.

• Divert from M8 at Junction 11 (Northbound), proceed along R639 and re-join M8 at Junction 10.

M8 between Junction 11 and Junction 12 Southbound – 1st, 2nd,14th,15th, 16th, 17th Dec. 2020

• Divert M8 at Junction 11 (Southbound), travel along R639 Kilbeheny and re-join M8 via Junction 12.

Objections to the proposed temporary closure may be submitted in writing to the Director of Services, Roads & Transportation, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday 15th October 2020 or by e-mail to roadclosures@tipperarycoco.ie

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Reports Of Serious Accident On M8 Motorway Near Thurles

Details are coming in on what is believed to be a serious traffic incident having taken place on the M8 Motorway, close to Thurles, in the last number of hours.

The incident has forced the closure of both the north and south bound lanes between J6 Thurles and J5 Thurles.

Emergency services including a helicopter are understood to be currently at the accident scene.

Traffic is noted as being heavy on approach. Traffic is also slow as it exits the motorway at J5, Two-Mile-Borris, attempting to avoid delays further south. Traffic on the N62 is also moving slowing, as it comes up to the M8 at Junction 6.


BRIEF UPDATE: The M8 has now fully reopened both northbound and southbound, following the earlier collision.

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Homework Helper: Virtual School Tours Of International Destinations

Go on a “Virtual School Tour” of the following famous international destinations.

Once you have finished your virtual school tour of famous Irish places (see earlier post by viewing HERE), why not cross the continents and visit some of these famous international destinations.

NASA, USA.

Learn about space by visiting the NASA Glen Research Centre (View HERE) or the Langley Research Centre (View HERE). Take a tour of inside a space shuttle by viewing HERE. If you are feeling really adventurous why not take a tour of Mars (View HERE)?

The Anne Frank Museum, Amsterdam.

Learn about the life of Anne Frank and discover the stories behind a collection of original items that are connected to her history. To visit this museum and the secret annex where she lived during WWII, view HERE.

Clearwater Aquarium, Florida, USA.

Clearwater Aquarium in Florida, is not your typical aquarium. They are committed to environmental preservation and the aquarium is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life. Why not visit some of the animals currently under their care including pelicans, dolphins, turtles and clownfish (View HERE).

Pompeii, Italy.

In 79AD the ancient Italian city of Pompeii was buried under volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Rediscovered in the mid-18th century, the city was perfectly preserved and is nothing short of a historical marvel. (View HERE)

The Great Wall of China.

The Great Wall of China is an ancient wall built between 1368-1644 to protect the north of the empire of China from enemy attacks. It is the longest structure ever built by humans measuring an estimated 21,196 kilometres long. To visit this incredible structure view HERE.

Rainforests of Borneo.

Go HERE to visit the rainforests of Borneo, along with other wonders of nature including coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean and the diverse ecosystems of Columbia and Peru.

Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia.

Take a virtual tour of Western Australia’s parks and wildlife by viewing HERE.
Some of the amazing places to visit include Granite Skywalk, Danguu Geikie Gorge, Yanchep National Park and Black Rock Falls.

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Homework Helper: Virtual School Tours Of Famous Irish Places

Go on a “Virtual School Tour” of famous Irish places.

The annual school tour is always a much loved end-of-year activity for pupils from all primary schools. Now with home schooling while schools remain closed and with travel restrictions in place, why not take pupils and indeed the whole family on a virtual school tour to some of these famous Irish tourist destinations named hereunder.

Dublin Zoo.

Children will love watching the elephants (View HERE); penguins (View HERE) and animals of the African Savanna (View HERE) with the help of Dublin Zoo’s Webcam.

No. 29 Fitzwillian Street Lower.

Take a step back in time and experience life in a Georgian house in Dublin [Georgian era: 1714–1837], with the help of the No. 29 virtual experience, by visiting HERE.

Long Room Trinity College, Dublin.

The Long Room at Trinity College Dublin is considered one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful libraries, built between 1712 and 1732. Visit HERE and see why.
Some 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books, including the Book of Kells. Did you know it also served as the inspiration for the Jedi Library in Star Wars?

National Gallery of Ireland.

The National Gallery of Ireland houses the national collection of historic Irish and European fine art and is a must visit for art lovers. (View HERE.)

National Museum of Ireland.

Travel across Ireland, with the help of the National Museum of Ireland, explore natural history (View HERE); the history of country life (View HERE); archaeology (View HERE), or decorative arts and history (View HERE).

The Titanic Experience.

Take a trip to Cobh and experience the last port of call for the tragic Titanic ocean liner. (View HERE).


Enjoy your armchair travelling

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Will NASA SpaceX Rocket Be Visible Over Tipperary Tonight?

This evenings cloudless sky could mean that residents of Ireland should be able to view the NASA SpaceX rocket as it soar across our skies tonight.

Of course this launch will depend on the weather in Florida, but hopefully the rocket will launch at 8:22pm Irish time, with two astronauts on board.

If all goes according to plan viewers should be able to view the Falcon 9 rocket under the moon, in the south-west some ten to fifteen minutes later.

The Falcon 9 rocket will take off from launchpad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and journey to the International Space Centre.

Take Note: If the SpaceX rocket decided for one reason or another to abort after its anticipated take off this evening, it could land off the west coast of our Emerald Isle.

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