Hard hitting road safety event in Ennis today

Hard hitting road safety event in Ennis today


Shannon Fire Service in action at a recent exercise at Shannon Garda station – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A public road safety event aimed at improving road safety awareness and reducing the number and severity of road traffic collisions on Clare’s roads will be held in the public carpark of glór in Ennis today and tomorrow (Thursday).

The roadshow will include a roll-over simulator demonstrating what it is like to be involved in a car crash, firsthand accounts from emergency first responders and an interactive shuttle featuring driving, motorbike and bicycle simulators, reaction timers, Driver Theory Test computers, and screens showing road safety advertisements.

The event is being organised by the Clare Road Safety Action Group, comprising Clare County Council, An Garda Síochána, HSE, Road Safety Authority, Clare Civil Defence and Clare County Fire & Rescue Service.

On Wednesday morning, hundreds of secondary school students will witness the full horror of a road crash at a simulation aimed at showing teenagers the human tragedy behind the statistics. The demonstration is targeted at young people who are about to embark on their driving careers or who currently travel in cars with young friends.

Members of Shannon Fire Service recently held a road collision exercise – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Among the schools that will be represented on the day are Gaelcholáiste an Chláir, St Caimins, Ennistymon CBS, St. Josephs Secondary School – Spanish Point, and St. Josephs Secondary School – Tulla.

Barry Keating, Road Safety Officer for Clare County Council said: “The main aim of this event is to change people’s attitude towards road safety. It is not only about making people better drivers but also making them realise how easy it is for things to go wrong and the consequences of bad driving habits. These range from very bad cases of drink and drug driving to simply not looking at the road ahead.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the road safety event in the public carpark of glór, Ennis, from midday to 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 26th April and from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 27th April.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.