PUNCTURE problems, an all-to-common occurrence for West Cork motorists, could soon become a thing of the past when technology being developed by Michelin comes into popular use. At its recent Challenge Bibendum event in China, the tyre maker demonstrated the effectiveness of its Selfseal technology.
PLANS are well underway for Macroom man, Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run 2013. This is now a well established Annual Run for all Opel, Vauxhall & GM enthusiasts in general and one of the largest Opel/Vauxhall gatherings in Ireland. This year on August 10th the Run will be based at the Quality Hotel in Killarney.
A FINE Gael TD has expressed his frustration and disappointment at the failure to get answers in the Dáil regarding the refusal of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to accept photographic ID from local suppliers for issuing the new Plastic Card Driving licences.
?A safety initiative entitled “Light Up” will take place nationally on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February 2013. Its aim is to address the significant issue of defective, broken, missing or inappropriate use of vehicle lighting.
FINE Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has called for the mileage of vehicles to be recorded each year at the same time as motor tax is due for renewal in a bid to bring an end to the fraudulent practice of ‘clocking’, which sees the odometer being wound back to present a more favourable image of a vehicle.
IT was a great weekend for West Cork Vintage club at the National Classic Car Show in the RDS, Dublin as their stand attracted a lot of interest from those attending and a lot of photos being taken of the club’s stand with the Jack Lynch Cortina and Mark Page’s Alvis on display. Picture shows the Jack Lynch car at the West Cork Vintage Club stand.
TOWNS across West Cork are set to benefit from the €40 million road funding allocation for County Cork just announced for local and regional road works in 2013. Among the projects to get fundung is the Dunmanway Relief Road project which recieves €125,000; while Kinsale and Clonakilty Town Councils each receive €161,000 and Skibbereen Town Council gets €115,000.
2012 Drop in deaths lowest on record PROVISIONAL road casualty figures for 2012 published today, Tuesday 1st January 2013 show that a total of 161people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads in 2012. This is 25 fewer fatalities compared to 186 deaths last year and 51 fewer deaths compared to 2010 when 212 people lost their lives on the roads.
FROM January 2013, anyone who applies for their first learner permit or is renewing their driving licence will receive a modern, plastic, credit-card sized version. The new licence will be in a format that is standardised and recognisable throughout the EU and is one of the changes being introduced in Ireland as part of a new EU Directive.
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána today launched their Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign in collaboration with the National Spinal Injuries Unit in the Mater Hospital. The focus of this year’s campaign is serious injuries as a result of collisions as statistics showed that 19,681 people were seriously injured in a collision in the period 1996 to 2011.
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) is alerting road users of very cold weather for the coming week with wide spread frost and ice, and patches of freezing fog may develop further inland also. Later in the week, temperatures are forecast to fall to as low as -5 degrees at night in areas.
AS we head into the October Bank Holiday weekend gardaí are reminding road users that tragically 141 people have already lost their lives on Irish roads this year.
THIS was the scene on the newly surfaced section of the main N71 road between Leap and Connonagh on Sunday morning after yob drivers destroyed the new surface in the early hours by performing handbrake turns on the road.
THE West Cork Vintage Club will hold its autumn run on Sunday, October 14th next starting at the Clonakilty Showgrounds at 11am.
THE rules around motorcycle training are set to change in January 2013, as the Road Safety Authority rolls out its campaign to introduce more rigorous training for all road users. Now learners can train to meet those new standards in West Cork as the Bantry Driving Academy launches lessons for motorcyclists at its state-of-the-art training facility.
THE Bandon Vintage Run is taking place on Sunday, October 7th next starting from Station Road, registration of cars from 10.30am at the Kilmichael Bar.
THE launch of the Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally took place on Friday evening last at the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry in front of a large attendance. The event, organised by the Skibbereen and District Car Club, will take place on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
THE Ted’s Opel-Vauxhall Run 2012 will take place on August 11th and this year it will be based in The Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff. Registration will take place from 9am -10am and departing the Hotel grounds at 10.15.
THE Cortina Owners Club of Ireland (COCI) will celebrate their 50th anniversary at Rosscarbery’s Celtic Ross Hotel in September. The event which takes place from September 6th – 8th was officially launched at Bandon Motors Ford recently.
THE 23rd annual West Cork Vintage Club vintage and steam show will take place in the Showgrounds, Clonakilty on Sunday, July 22nd next.
FROM 7am on Friday 6th July to 7am on Saturday 7th July, An Garda Síochána, along with other stakeholders, will run Operation “Slow Down”. The objectives of the Operation are to raise awareness of the dangers of inappropriate and excessive speed, reduce the number of speed related collisions, and therefore save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
NEW car sales fell 42 per cent in June to 6,370 units (down from 11,007 in June ’11) If the Scrappage cars sold last June are excluded, this drop is 7.5 per cent year-to-date new car sales are down 13.5 per cent; 10,422 fewer cars sold compared to the first six months of last year.
IT’S that time of year again, when thousands of primary schoolchildren around the country begin their summer holidays. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is asking road users to watch out for children when using the roads, as there will be an increase in children playing, walking and cycling on the roads.
THE Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has launched SIMI Autosure Professional Register (SIMI APR), a new scheme to professionalize car servicing in Ireland. According to a recent survey, two thirds of motorists are putting off their car service because they cannot afford it.
THE second annual West Cork bike-run in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin takes place this coming Sunday, May 13th. The run sets off from the usual starting point at the Viaduct Inn on the Bandon Road just outside of Cork city.
THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are appealing to people travelling abroad over the summer months not to leave road safety in the departure lounge. This comes as figures obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs indicate that up to 193 Irish citizens died while abroad in 2011, an decrease of 18 people on 2010 figures. A number of these were as a
FINE Gael West Cork TD Noel Harrington has called for the age limit for the medical assessment to renew a driving licence to be raised from 70 to 72. “The simple truth is that people are living longer and this is reflected in the decision to raise the retirement age on an incremental basis over the coming years.
FINBARR Galvin Škoda have announced the sponsorship of Bandon GAA club. The three year sponsorship deal will include the adult, U21 and minor football and hurling teams. The adult Hurling team, current county intermediate champions, compete in the Premier Intermediate Hurling and the footballers compete in the Junior A championship and are currently reigning West Cork Junior A football champions.
WEST Cork’s own Bandon Motors has been named the winner of the 2011 Ford Chairman’s Award contest for “outstanding customer satisfaction” for the third year in a row. It is Ford’s most prestigious award and the winner belongs to an elite group of top performing European Ford dealerships.
Miss Cork Universe, Katriona O’Mahony, Cathal O’Shea, Kinsale Vintage and Classic Motor Club and Karen Keane from the Blue Haven Collection launching the 23rd Kinsale Vintage and Classic Motor Club International Rally at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale. The event takes place from the 11-13th May and will be in aid of the Cork City Hospital Children’s Club. More details at www.kinsalevintageclub.com. Pic. John Allen