Carlow collision causes long delays and lights out

Emergency Services in Carlow town attended the scene of a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) this afternoon.

The incident, involving a single vehicle, occurred on the N80 Carlow/Wexford road at the entrance to Friars Green housing estate at around 12 midday.

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It is understood the vehicle involved may have struck a pedestrian light pole before the car flipped into the air and landed on its roof. It is believed there was just one occupant in the vehicle when the collision happened.

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Carlow gardaí, an ambulance and Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service were called to the scene. The road was closed for a time and a Stop/Go system was put in place by the fire service. There were long delays on the busy route.


The scene and an area around the damaged pedestrian crossing was cordoned off. Carlow County Council have been informed of the incident.

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The crash occurred on one of the busiest weekends for the fire services and a busy weekend for road users. So far this bank holiday weekend two men have died in separate collisions in counties Louth and Clare.

Yesterday, a 26 year old man died  following a single vehicle collision at Rathmore, Dundalk, Co. Louth at 12.20am.

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In County Clare, a man has died and a woman was seriously injured following a single vehicle collision at 3.40am today when the car collided with a tree at Woodcock Hill, Meelik, Co. Clare.

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Calls for communities to respect fire crews at Halloween

On one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Fire Service, lives have been put at risk when a fire tender was taken ‘off the run’ due to criminal damage.

A side window of a fire tender from Dublin Fire Brigade’s North Strand station was damaged this weekend while the crew were responding to a fire call.

The fire appliance was taken off-call for a number of hours until the vehicle was repaired.

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Dublin Fire Brigade has appealed to the public to allow their firefighters and paramedics to do their jobs safely. In a statement on their social media pages, DFB said ‘We want everyone to enjoy Halloween and have fun but sometimes we have to extinguish fires if they are a hazard or smoke is drifting towards homes. Please let our firefighter/paramedics do their job safely, thanks.’

Many community groups and councillors have condemned this latest attack on our emergency services. Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke appealed for the public to respect the men and women of Dublin Fire Brigade in their line of duty.

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In a video posted on Cllr Christy Burke’s Facebook page, he said: ‘Dublin Fire Brigade will be on call as well as other services of the state so let’s all respect these services, let’s all respect our communities and let’s hope that everybody has a great Halloween and that they go off without any incidents or harm and without any injuries whatsoever.’

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‘The men and women of Dublin Fire Brigade go out to save lives and help communities.  I also comment the medical teams who will be on standby in hospitals in the event of any type of injuries. I would appeal to everybody to please respect Dublin Fire Brigade when in their line of duty.’

Councillor Burke, speaking outside a Dublin fire station said Halloween is meant to be and should be a joyful and happy time for everybody, particularly for young people and he commended all the community groups who have come together to organise and supervise carnivals over the Halloween period. ‘I also hope and pray that there will be no injuries to anybody throughout the next couple of days.’

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Fire Crews in stations across Ireland are gearing themselves up for their busiest night of the year. If you are out this Halloween, please stay safe and don’t put firefighters or others at risk.

Bonfire Safety information available here

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Dublin drone assists in Kildare search

A search for an Athy man reported missing from his home since Saturday has concluded when the man was found safe earlier this evening.

Kevin Quinn, from Athy, Co. Kildare was reported missing by his family. He was last seen at approximately 10.30am on Monday morning in the Rheban area outside Athy.

Searches for Mr. Quinn concentrated on woodland areas of Rheban and Kilberry areas outside Athy.

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A Drone Operator from Dublin Civil Defence was requested to assist Kildare Civil Defence in the search. Many locals joined family members in the search for Kevin Quinn.

It is understood Mr. Quinn was located in Kildare Town.

The family have thanked everyone who shared the missing person status on social media and who also assisted in the search.

Donegal hosts Emergency & Voluntary Services conference

The Northwest Regional Working Group for Major Emergency Management held an all services conference on Saturday 21st October at the Defence Forces Finner Camp, Co. Donegal.

More than 80 delegates from the Emergency Services took part in an innovative conference showcasing the specialist skills and resources available from within the frontline emergency and the voluntary emergency services sector.

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Donegal County Council led the conference through the Northwest Regional Working Group with representatives from Donegal Fire Service; the National Ambulance Service, An Garda Síochána; the Defence Forces; Irish Coast Guard; Civil Defence; Irish Red Cross; RNLI; Blood Bikes Northwest; Community Rescue Services; Irish Cave Rescue Organisation; Search and Rescue Dog Association and Mourne River Search and Rescue.

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The aim of the day was to develop and enhance the links that already exist between the Principal Response Agencies and the Voluntary Emergency Services sector and, to create a better awareness of the specialist skills and resources that are available from within the Voluntary Emergency Services sector.

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The Conference was opened by Mr. Garry Martin, Director of Emergency Services with Donegal County Council. This was followed by presentations from each of the Voluntary Emergency Services.

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County Donegal suffered badly during recent storms and the Local Authority was prominent in their response to the crisis. Speaking following the event Garry Martin said “events such as these are hugely important.  They give us an opportunity to strengthen relationships between the Principal Response Agencies and the Voluntary Emergency Services operating within the area of emergency response services and to network, to share information and to highlight the specialist skills and resources that are available and that could be used in an emergency situation”.

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Participating organisations displayed some of the specialist vehicles and equipment that are used in their service. The vehicles included a Class B fire engine, ambulances, decontamination units, bomb disposal unit, mobile incident command centres, rapid response vehicles, Al-terrain vehicles, jet skis, motor bikes, 4×4 vehicles and dog handling units.

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Other equipment showcased on the day included cave rescue equipment, swift water rescue equipment and small unmanned aircraft (drones). Some live demonstrations were carried also carried out during the day.

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The conference was organised under the auspices of the Framework for Major Emergency Management (2006). This is a framework that enables the Principal Response Agencies to prepare for, and make a co-ordinated response to major emergencies resulting from events such as natural disasters, technological and civil incidents etc.

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The conference proved to be a success and was well received by all those who took part.

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Carlow prepared for Ophelia in South East Region

County Carlow’s Inter Agency Severe Weather Response Group (IASWRG) have met this afternoon in Carlow County Council Major Incident Coordination Centre in Carlow Town as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way closer to Ireland.

Carlow County Council has assessed its level of preparedness and has put in place, arrangements for the onset of Ophelia for tomorrow when it is due to hit Ireland’s coasts and inlands.

The Inter Agency coordination team remain on alert and are monitoring developments of the storm.

Carlow County Fire & Rescue Service will mobile appropriate resources and services when required to do so. The county’s fire service advises members of the public, property owners and businesses to plan for the severe weather expected.

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Loose items such as bins, unsecured hoarding and signage should be secured in advance of the storm. There is a high risk of fallen trees, branches and other debris due to high winds and if power cables are found to be down, people are advised not to go near them and to alert the ESB immediately.

Carlow Gardaí are advising motorists to take care on their journeys and to drive to the current conditions they find themselves in. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are urged to take particular care and be extra vigilant in exposed areas. Road users are also asked to be visible to other road users.

Carlow’s IASWRG has said further updates for the Carlow region will be posted on the council’s social media channels and via local media.

Council & Emergency crews standby for Hurricane Ophelia

The Office of Emergency Planning in the Department of Defence is leading the national coordination and response as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way to Ireland.

Severe disruption, coastal flooding and structural damage to buildings is expected as Ophelia passes Ireland tomorrow.

Local Authorities, Principal Response Agencies and Emergency Voluntary Services and essential utility services such as the ESB and Bord Gais are all on standby for Status Red Alert hurricane.

Coastal areas and upland winds are expected to be most affected. Experts have warned that the significant wind event will bring gusts in excess of 130km/h in some parts of the country.

The Department of Education has advised of school closures in worst hit counties while many bus services have already been cancelled in areas of Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Clare ahead of the hurricane.

Members of the public are being urged not to go near coastlines or areas at risk. The public is also asked to check on their vulnerable neighbors.

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