Clare GAA fans asked to drive safely

Clare GAA fans asked to drive safely


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Thousands of GAA fans travelling to Saturday’s All-Ireland Football qualifier between Clare and Mayo in Cusack Park and Sunday’s Munster Minor and Hurling Finals between Clare and Cork in Semple Stadium have been given a special ‘drive safely’ message.

“We want people to drive safely this weekend. There will be a huge volume of traffic on the roads for the games, and we urge people to take care and to ensure that their trip to these great sporting occasions do not end in tragedy,” said Barry Keating, Road Safety Officer, Clare County Council.

He added, “We want all road users to change their behaviours and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads. We are advising people to keep a safe distance between them and the car in front them and asking drivers not to use of the mobile phones while driving.”

Distracted driving is one of the common causes of rear-end accidents:

  • Text messaging
  • Talking on a mobile phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Using a GPS navigation system
  • Talking to passengers.
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.