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Cannon sets off from Clare in 48-hour cycling challenge

CLARE is the starting point for a monumental cycle challenge undertaken by Deputy Ciaran Cannon in solidarity with Irish cyclists. Two years after being seriously injured in a road collision, the Galway East TD is aiming to complete a 900km journey, through every county, in under 48 hours, all while raising funds for the charity, Hand In Hand. The challenge is personal for Cannon and he hopes to show solidarity with the hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians who are injured on Irish roads every year. “This weekend is the second anniversary of a very traumatic time for me,” Deputy Cannon said. “I was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in 2021 and underwent surgery to my leg. I’m marking this anniversary by setting myself this challenge, perhaps in an act of defiance to show that I’m still capable of cycling, but also in solidarity with the hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians who are seriously injured on our roads every …

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Fatal road traffic incident in Kinvara

Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic incident following a car entering the sea at The Quay area of Kinvara at approximately 8pm last night. The driver and sole occupant of the car, a man in his late 70s, was taken to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition where he later passed away. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any motorists who may have been in The Quay area Kinvara between 7.45am and 8.15am who may have dash cam footage to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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Second Fatality in Easter Sunday Crash

Gardaí investigating a single car crash which occurred in Ennis on Easter Sunday have confirmed that there has been a second fatality. Teenager Oisín Cahill was pronounced dead at approximately 4.20am when the car he was travelling in struck the wall of the Woodstock View housing estate on the outskirts of Ennis. Gardaí have confirmed today [Tuesday] that his cousin, Darragh Killeen lost his fight for life at University Hospital Limerick at approximately 3pm. Their friend Enda Hickey remains in hospital in critical condition. All three were from the Clonfeigh area in Inch. The parish of Kilmaley was left trying to come to terms with the tragic accident. On Tuesday morning a special mass was offered in a packed Connolly Church for Oisín. Fr Pat Larkin PP asked all present to support and pray for all the families involved. “I’m asking all in the parish and beyond to stand shoulder to shoulder over the coming days and weeks,” he said. …

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Gardaí investigate death of teenager in Killimer

AN incident room has been set up at Kilrush Garda Station following the discovery of a teenager’s body in Killimer this morning (Tuesday). The circumstances surrounding the death of the 15 year-old is under investigation after a motorist contacted gardaí and emergency services at 6.40am. The young man’s body was discovered on the Burrane Road outside Killimer GAA pitch and he was pronounced dead at the scene.  The youth is from the locality and was out celebrating Hallowe’en on Monday night. His family have been notified, but his name has not been released. Although the 15 year-old was last seen by family members on Hallowe’en night at 11pm, gardaí believe his death took place closer to 6.40am this morning. The scene has been technically examined and forensic experts were also at the scene today. A post mortem examination is to be carried out by Dr Margaret Bolster  at University Hospital Limerick later today. Gardaí say at this stage it is unclear as to …

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Increase in road deaths “a worrying trend”

The rise in fatalities on the county’s roads is “a worrying trend”, according to the head of Clare’s Road Traffic Division, Inspector John Ryan. He was speaking as gardaí have issued an urgent appeal this Christmas season advising motorists and road users to drive safely. To date in 2014, there have been four fatalities in County Clare and five in County Galway. An Garda Síochána have said they want to ensure those numbers do not increase over the Christmas and new-year period. Commenting on the figures and the Western Region Road Safety Christmas Campaign 2014, which began on December 1 and will conclude on January 4, 2015. Inspector Ryan said, “We had four fatalities from three road traffic collisions and that’s an increase from two fatalities last year and the previous year. It absolutely is a worrying trend and our aim would be to have zero fatalities and that’s our goal but any increase is something you don’t want to …

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83% Reduction in Clare Road Deaths since 2007

ROAD deaths in Clare have seen an 83% reduction since 2007. This places Clare in the top five counties in terms of the reduction in road deaths. The first year-on-year increase in the number of fatalities since 2005 came in 2013 and has been revealed in a recently published report by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The publication looks at the number of road deaths in each county in Ireland, from 2007 to 2013, which placed County Clare in the top five safest counties, with the fewest number of fatalities. The report, entitled 2007 To 2013 Road Traffic Deaths by User Type and County, highlights the reductions in road fatalities in Clare between 2007 and 2013. However, while this statistic is a step in the right direction, tragically, since 2007, 23 drivers, three motorcyclists, two cyclists and eight pedestrians have been killed on roads in the county. Commenting on the report, Clare’s Chief Superintendent, John Kerin, said while the statistics …

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