• RSA & ESB Networks to distribute high visibility vests to every
child starting school this year
• Back to school road safety packs available for all schools
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), ESB Networks and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. As children return to school it is also important to remind motorists to be mindful of our most vulnerable road-users.
A total of 35 children aged 15 and under have been killed on Irish roads in the 5 years from 2014-2018. Of these, 18 were passengers and 13 were pedestrians. The RSA is reminding parents to ensure their child is visible when walking or cycling to school, or when waiting for the school bus and is restrained correctly in the back of the car.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s back-to-school campaign, Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said: “With children returning to school over the coming days, road users need to be extra vigilant. In addition to the inevitable increased traffic levels, motorists and other road users should be conscious of children walking and cycling to and from school. Drivers need to pay attention to their speed, particularly in urban areas.
Congestion at the school gates is another particularly serious problem, with parents often double parking, or parking on yellow lines to drop their children off. The result is incredibly dangerous: small children weaving in and out of parked and moving cars at the school gate, many of whom are too small to be seen by drivers pulling in and out. Therefore, we are encouraging parents and teachers to be as proactive as possible when it comes to road safety. Parents can ensure their children are wearing high-visibility vests and when cycling make sure they are wearing a safety helmet and that their bikes should are properly equipped with bell, lights and reflective strips. Teachers can do their bit by educating children in road safety best practice at an early age.”
The RSA is also reminding parents when driving their child to school that it is important to ensure that they are properly secured in the correct seating. They should be secured in the back seat in a restraint appropriate to their individual height and weight. Children under 150cms in height or weighing less than 36 kilograms must use the correct child restraint when travelling in cars. Parents should also be mindful not to park their cars on the footpath while dropping their child to school, as this can obstruct pedestrians and may incur a penalty.
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau commented: “It’s vital that we do everything we can to protect children on the roads. This includes wearing high visibility material when out walking or cycling, using a seatbelt or appropriate restraint when travelling by car or bus, and using protective equipment such as a helmet. It’s also really important that adults and young adults demonstrate safe behaviour around young people, so if you’re a parent, grandparent, older brother or sister, make sure you set a good example any time you use the road.”
For the ninth year running, the RSA and ESB Networks will distribute free high visibility vests to every child starting school in September. To date, this partnership has provided 880,000 children throughout the country with high visibility vests.
Mark Madigan, Senior Health and Safety Manager, ESB Networks, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with RSA to ensure that school children are visible on the roads and around school gates. Wearing a high-vis vest is so important whether you are walking, cycling or travelling on the school bus. We encourage all schools to utilise high-visibility materials to ensure children can be safe, by being seen. Our partnership with the RSA reflects ESB Networks’ ongoing commitment to promoting safety. This initiative is part of our wider ‘Stay Safe, Stay Clear’ electrical safety campaign which we are promoting throughout schools in the Republic of Ireland.”
Notes to Editors
The ‘Back to School’ campaign
Primary schools will receive the RSA ‘Back to School’ Pack which contains:
- A high visibility vest for every child starting school in partnership with ESB Networks
- ‘Going to School’ leaflets for junior infants entering education. This is a parent’s guide to getting children to school safely;
- A ‘Safe Cross Code’ promotional pack including a CD of the song and a poster with the words of the ‘Safe Cross Code’ song and dance to be taught in the classroom;
• The ‘Educational News’ newsletter;
• ESB Networks safety information leaflet about a fun, exciting and educational way for pupils from Infants to 6th Class to discover the benefits of electricity, while learning to be safe around it
Secondary schools will receive the RSA ‘Back to School’ pack which contains
- Reflective Strips for 1st year students to attach to their schoolbags and help students be more visible on the roads
- Poster for 1st year students which includes cycling and walking tips for all students in school
- Wall planner for leaving cert students for recording all the important dates and events while at the same time being reminded of their responsibility on the road when starting to drive.
- Poster for leaving cert students entitled “Get This Season’s Killer Look”, and is aimed at discouraging women from wearing their seatbelts under their arm, which can cause horrific injuries in the event of a collision.
The RSA has also issued recommendations to schools if they intend to hire a bus to carry children to sporting or extracurricular activities. The bus company concerned should be asked to confirm in writing that it is providing safe and legal transport services. The RSA has compiled a useful Declaration of Compliance which outlines a checklist of important minimum legal requirements from bus owners. This can be downloaded and printed off from www.cvrt.ie.
The RSA also has a number of other road safety resources for teachers and students which aim to promote and encourage road safety among school-children.
- At primary level, ‘Safe Cross Code’, ‘Street Smart’, ‘Be Safe’, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi Glo Silver’, teaches young road users how to use the roads safely.
- At secondary level, there is the Junior Cycle wellbeing resource entitled ‘Road Safety Matters’ which is available for delivery to first years as well as the new updated ‘Your Road to Safety’ for Transition Year.
- The RSA’s Nationwide Road Safety Education Service is available to visit schools to give a comprehensive road safety presentation to students which can be tailored to suit all class sizes, groups and ages. We tackle a range of topics on road safety including road safety at school, pedestrian and cycle safety, urban and rural transport issues, learning to drive and killer behaviours. This service is free of charge.
- The RSA Shuttle, Rollover Simulator and ‘Street Smart’ will begin visiting schools nationwide at the start of the academic year.
INTENTION TO CLOSE R706 AT KILSHEELAN BRIDGE
TEMPORARY CLOSING OF ROAD
ROADS ACT, 1993-2015,
(SECTION 75 OF THE ROADS ACT 1993)
ROADS REGULATIONS, 1994
INTENTION TO CLOSE R706 AT KILSHEELAN BRIDGE
NOTICE is hereby given that Tipperary County Council proposes to make an Order closing:
ROAD TO BE CLOSED R706 (Kilsheelan Bridge) from its junction with the N24 to its junction with the R680.
PERIOD OF CLOSURE: 07.30hrs on Monday 7th October 2019 to 18.30hrs on Friday 8th November 2019.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES: All traffic will be diverted via the R680 Clonmel to Carrick on Suir Road or the N24 Clonmel to Carrick on Suir. Local access permitted only.
REASON FOR CLOSURE: To facilitate bridge repairs.
Objections to the proposed temporary closure may be submitted in writing to the Director of Services, Roads Transportation & Health & Safety, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh not later than 12 noon on Thursday 19th September 2019 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Notes 09/09/19
By Mark Dunne PRO
Senior Football: Commiserations to our Senior Footballers who suffered a five point defeat on Sunday last against Arravale Rovers. This ended our interest in the County stages and unfortunately sees us heading into a relegation competition. Full match report as well as details of this is available on the club website. Full time score Moyne Templetuohy 0-14 Arravale Rovers 2-13.
Intermediate: Attention turns to the Divisional Championship this weekend where we face Drom/Inch in the Mid Semi Final. This promises to be an exciting game and it throws in at 12noon on Sunday the 15th in Holycross. All support appreciated.
Junior: It’s a big weekend for our Junior Hurlers who contest the Mid Junior B Final against Drom/Inch on Saturday September 14th at 5.30pm in Castleiney. Again this promises to be a thrilling affair and all support is very much appreciated.
U16: Our U16’s begin their County League this coming Saturday where they face Sean Treacy’s in Templetuohy at 12noon.
U15: Our U15’s begin their league on Monday night where they face Gortnahoe in Gortnahoe at 6.30pm.
U13: Well done to our U13’s who continued their good run of form defeating Loughmore Castleiney in Round 2 of the shield on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-04. They now face Gortnahoe in Gortnahoe on Thursday at 6.30pm.
U11: Our Group 2 team had a 4 point defeat at the hands of Boherlahan last week. They now face Durlas Óg this Tuesday at 6.30pm in Pairc Na nÓg. Our Group 4 team also had two point loss to Boherlahan. They face Holycross in Holycross on Wednesday at 6.45pm.
U10: Well done to our U10’s who took part in a blitz in Dr. Morris Park last Saturday. Thanks to the coaches and parents for bringing them in.
U6/U8: Both our U6’s and U8’s travelled to Clonakenny for a challenge last Saturday. Thanks to Clonakenny for the games. They kids were also very lucky as they got a Supermacs on the way home. Our thanks to all who helped.
Stewards: Our thanks to all those who stewarded in Templetuohy last Saturday Your help is very much appreciated. On Saturday next we host another double header of Mid action with Drom/Inch taking on Clonakenny at 3.30pm and Boherlahan facing Gortnahoe at 5pm. We once again require stewards to be in place by 2.30pm. While on Sunday we host Loughmore and Moycarkey at 5.30pm. We require stewards to be in place by 4.30pm.
Thanks: Fresh from their All Ireland, Conor and Gearoid came down to train our u13/u15’s last week. Our thanks to the boys for a wonderful session and what a role model for these kids to look up to.
Cup visits: Huge excitement this week as both Liam McCarthy and the James Nowlan cups visit our schools. They will first visit Scoil Na Maighne at 9.20am and Templetuohy at 10.30am. All welcome.
Ladies Football: We’re asking everyone to keep the colours up for another week and show your support for Roisin, Muireann and the Tipp intermediate football team in the All Ireland final next Sunday. Best of luck girls! Best wishes to our U14 girls who are in action in Templetuohy on Wednesday evening at 7pm. Finally our U8 girls have a blitz on Monday evening in the Outside field at 6.30pm.
County Board Draw: Congratulations to Sean Everard who won a Car or €15,000 in the September GAA draw.
Match Report: FBD Insurance County Senior Football Championship – Group 1 Round 3
Moyne Templetuohy 0-14
Arravale Rovers 2-13
By Mark Dunne PRO
Round 3 of the County Senior Football Championship took place in Clonoulty on Sunday last and pitted us against Arravale Rovers in a winner takes all game to see who advances to this years County Senior Football Quarter Finals.
The game opened at a frantic pace and Moyne Templetuohy found themselves a point to the good thanks to a superb point from Tom Meade of his right. Arravale didn’t take long to settle and found themselves a point up shortly afterwards with a free from James Hogan followed by a fine score from Stephen Spillane. 0-02 to 0-01, when disaster struck for Moyne Templetuohy; a short kick out from Martin Kelly went astray and found its way to the Arravale full forward who made no mistake. 1-02 to 0-01 after 7mins. Game most certainly on. Moyne Templetuohy responded will with a score from Pierce Meade, followed by an Arravale point, 1-03 to 0-02. John Hassett was next to add to the scoreboard with two frees. Then came a crucial play, Jason Bergin won the ball on the Arravale 45, he took on his markers to go one on one with the Arravale goalie only for Thomas Gleeson to pull off a fine save. Moyne Templetuohy were now at the pace of the game and Tom Meade struck a wonder score from his left. Arravale matched this with a score of their own. John Hassett added another to his ticket with a good score from a difficult angle. Arravale finished the half strongest however with three unanswered scores to go in 1-07 to 0-06 up at the break.
Moyne returned to the field knowing that they must up their game if they were to emerge winners. County U20 stars Conor Bowe and Gearoid O’Connor got the first two scores of the half to reduce the gap to two. Arravale responded with three of their own (two from play and one from a free). Moyne Templetuohy pressed hard and were rewarded with a free which John Hassett duly dispatched. Then another goal opportunity for Moyne; a short kick out from the Arravale Rovers goalie found Jason Bergin who was fouled just before he pulled the trigger. John Hassett converted the resulting free. 0-11 to 1-10, two points between the sides. Arravales game plan in the second half saw them work the lines which resulted in the next two scores coming from fisted points. Four between the teams again. John Hassett added the next two to bring the game to two points again, a margin we just couldn’t seem to reduce. Then came the killer blow, Arravale centre forward James Hogan took on the Moyne defence who tried desperately to intercept him, but Hogan had goal on the mind and goal he got. 2-12 to 0-13. Both teams traded scores in the remaining minutes but at the full time whistle it was Moyne Templetuohy 0-14 Arravale Rovers 2-13.
Moyne Templetuohy will be disappointed. This was a game we could have won, and we came close only for a few unforced errors which were duly punished by the Tipp town side. Thossie Hamill, Tom Meade, Tommy Hassett and Jason Bergin all worked hard for the Mid Tipperary side. As a result of today’s loss we now enter a secondary competition with the format as follows: The bottom two teams of each group go into a secondary competition. The losers of the four games (quarter final) here play a game with the losers playing a final game for relegation.
For the moment attention turns back to the small ball with the divisional Semi Final against Drom/Inch on the cards next Sunday at 12noon in Holycross.
Team and scorers: Martin Kelly, Shane Lowe, Pierce Meade (0-01), Chris Lawlor, Louis Everard, Thossie Hamill, Mark Ryan, Jason Bergin, Tomás Hassett (Captain), Tom Meade (0-03), Donnacha Dunne, Gearoid O’Connor (0-01), Diarmuid Fogarty, John Hassett (0-07 frees), Jack Taylor. Subs used: Conor Bowe (0-02) for Jack Taylor, Niall Russell for Donnacha Dunne, David Lowe for Chris Lawlor.
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan)