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Hailstorms hampering M18 driving

SEVERE and sudden hailstorms are affecting the M18 more than most other roads, are all but impossible to forecast and have led to accidents on the route, according to the National Roads Authority (NRA). Clare TD Joe Carey raised concerns about the Crusheen-Gort section of the route in the Dáil and he subsequently received a letter from programme and regulatory manager of the NRA, Gary Carey. The NRA official stated, “There would appear to be a particular problem associated with hailstorms along the M18, which seem to be more frequent along this route than at other locations throughout the national road motorway network. “It was such a hailstorm on January 13, 2015, which resulted in skidding accidents and the closure of the road for a time by An Garda Síochána. “It is worth noting that some of the hailstorms recorded had such intensity that at one point they caused the road surface temperature to drop by approximately 5oC in a …

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Body recovered from Gort river

The body of missing South Galway woman Una O’Driscoll was recovered from a river in Gort on Sunday morning. Gardaí in the town had been searching for the woman, who was reported missing the previous day. Her body was found in the water in the town centre shortly after 10am.  A post mortem took place in University Hospital, Galway on Monday. A meeting that had been scheduled to take place between Burren Lowlands representatives and Minister Ann Phelan on Tuesday in the town was cancelled. Ms O’Driscoll is survived by her husband, Tim; children, Maireád, Tomas and Fiona; brother, Mick; grandchildren, Sophie, Holly, Ethan and Rhys; sons in law, Michael and Peter and daughter in law, Anna.      

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Garda alert: Ardrahan accident investigation

Updated: January 28, 2015. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 47-year-old man died following a traffic accident in Labane. The incident took place at Cregclare, in the vicinity of the Little Flower Nursing Home, at approximately 4.30pm on Monday. A male pedestrian was injured when he was hit by a truck. He was removed to University College Hospital, Galway, where he died on Wednesday. Gardaí would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the nursing home around that time. Witnesses are asked to contact Gort gardaí on 091 636400 or any garda station or phone the garda confidential number, 1800 666111.  

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Multi-vehicle crash on motorway

UPDATE:15:00 A multi-vehicle car accident on the south-bound lane of the M18 motorway, on the Ennis side of Crusheen early today (Tuesday) resulted in the road being closed for over an hour. The crash occurred at approximately 7.30am and resulted in major diversions while the scene was being cleared and gardaí investigated. No one was seriously injured in the crash. Drivers heading from Ennis to Galway were initially asked to divert at the Tulla road junction, while, those travelling from Galway to Ennis as asked to divert at Gort through Tubber. However the route has since reopened. This morning’s crash is understood to have involved cars stopping to help a motorist who had skidded before a further vehicle skidded in the slippery conditions. Gardaí have issued an appeal to all road users to exercise particular care as the cold weather is set to continue over the coming days. “We would remind all motorists to drive as the conditions determine. We …

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Badges of honour for forgotten war volunteers

Commemorations have taken place all over Europe this year, marking the centenary of the beginning of World War I. The Great War raged for more than four years, ending on November 11, 1918. On Tuesday, the anniversary of Armistice Day, Irish soldiers were remembered in South Galway. Commemorative badges, manufactured and designed by students in Gort Community School, were distributed at a ceremony of remembrance, as students and staff recalled the forgotten Irish volunteers. Young people in fourth year conducted a project with the goal of remembering the 150,000 Irish who fought in the war. Their project was cross-curricular taking in a number of subjects and departments. “As part of the project, they looked for a symbol to represent the volunteers but the only symbol they came across was the poppy. Many of the class were unhappy to use the poppy, as they felt they wanted to have something original that would remember just the Irish,” explained history teacher and …

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M18 Motorway closure

CLARE County Council is to temporarily close sections of the M18 Motorway northbound and southbound from October, 9 to 17 in order to conduct road improvements. The proposed closures will take place on the M18 southbound carriageway from junction 16 Gort to junction 15 Crusheen, and on the M18 northbound carriageway from junction 15 Crusheen to junction 16 Gort. The southbound carriageway will be closed from 5am on Thursday, October 9 to 11.59pm on Friday, October 10. Meanwhile, the northbound carriageway will be closed from 5am on Monday, October, 13 to 11.59pm on Friday, October 17. Motorists using either of these routes are asked to divert via the R458.

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Battling for a Galway county council seat

By Nicola Corless As the final week of canvassing begins for Elections 2014, we take a look at the local candidates in the Loughrea Electoral Area Eight seats are up for grabs in the Loughrea Electoral Area, which extends from Kinvara to Kiltullagh and on to Kilreekill, Abbeygormacan, Derrrew, Kilquan and Tiranascragh. Thirteen candidates are in the running in the constituency, to represent an electorate of 37,416. In 2009, the total electorate was just shy of 31,000 for the then seven-seat constituency. Since the boundary change, Athenry has moved into the Oranmore-Athenry area and, with it, sitting Councillor in the Loughrea Electoral Area, Fine Gael’s Peter Feeney. Fine Gael is running four candidates in the new electoral area, including three sitting councillors, Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher, Loughrea; Jimmy McClearn, Killimor and Bridie Willers, Ardrahan. Joe Byrne from Kinvara is a first-time candidate but with strong family ties to the party. Fianna Fáil has put forward three candidates: Shane Donnellan from Loughrea; …

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Gort to Tuam motorway contract signing

CONTRACTS to extend the M18 from Gort to Tuam will be signed today, Wednesday, paving the way for an economic boost to the region. The paperwork will be signed by Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, as well as representatives of the National Roads Authority The four-lane motorway, as well as additional roads, will cost around €550 million, and is expected to be completed in 2017. Theproject will involve the construction of 100km of roads. The long-awaited roadway will allow easier access to Clare and Shannon Airport for businesses and consumers in Galway and further parts of the West of Ireland. It will also solve traffic bottle-necks in places like Kilcolgan and Clarinbridge.  

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