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Just thought I would comment of a few happenings in the locality over the past few weeks. Hopefully everyone got over Halloween with peace and happiness. There certainly was a quieter atmosphere around Emyvale and plenty of children, and adults, going about for ‘Trick or Treat’. The weather helped to make it enjoyable but we are all feeling the chill since the temperatures dropped. The spirit of the season was certainly enjoyed by all who attended the Halloween Party in Oakland, Glaslough, where a packed building of ghosts, ghouls and all sorts of scary monsters had a great experience and the proceeds were going to Temple Street Hospital for Children. Others enjoyed the majestic and other-world experience created in Rossmore Park and the Monaghan Town show on the night. Now Halloween is over its time to get ready for Christmas!!!!! The speed of traffic through the Emyvale Village has not slowed down – rather speed has increased and it is frightening to see the speed at which some lorries in particular pass through, and many times the driver is on the phone. The Traffic Calming measures at the Aughnacloy approach has done little to slow things and indeed last weekend another vehicle lost control on the corner and did substantial damage to the solid stone wall, not to mention the damage to the vehicle. The driver was uninjured, I am told, and was questioned by Gardai. However this whole issue needs another look. Local inhabitants are far from happy with the Islands at the corner and Main Street residents and shoppers in the village take their lives in their hands trying to cross the street. One set of traffic lights is not sufficient. It is the TII (Traffic Infrastructure Ireland) who has the final say and they are not in favour of ramps but the ramps look like the only way of slowing the traffic. Another way of slowing things is to have speed checks on a regular basis and people will be afraid of the Points. Some suggest that ‘the sooner we get a by-pass the better’ but I say – no By-Pass. We can see towns and villages throughout the country who got the by-pass and the life of the place went with the traffic. Emyvale shops are attracting big numbers, it makes for a lively village, and is good for everyone but a quiet village like a retreat centre would be boring. As well the big number of shoppers looking for parking space helps to slow the traffic somewhat. It has been suggested to remove parking from one side of the street and to plant trees along one side but that will scare shoppers from the town and help to make it a ghost town. Already the number of private dwellings on Main Street has reduced to a handful and that in itself has deadened the lively atmosphere that used to be on Main Street. Progress always comes at a price but to make Emyvale a retreat centre with an empty street is, for me anyway, too high a price to pay. While we are on the subject of traffic I will finish by commenting on the roadworks. Yes it is terrific to get our road realigned, widened, better surface, with a path going the whole way from Emyvale to Monaghan and we can accept the disruption as this is a major construction for the better and every effort is made to reduce that disruption to the lowest level possible. However our road users, myself included at times, show the highest form of selfishness and everyone seems to think that they own the road, that they are the only one in a hurry, that their work is the most vital and essential, that other road users do not deserve courtesy. Two examples – On the Monaghan Road recently I sat behind two tractors going between 25kmph and 40kmph for 4.5Km. They had plenty of options to pull in and allow the big tailback behind them to pass but no they carried on as if there was nothing behind them until one car driver got frustrated and went to pass but had to pull back as he would not have made it in before the oncoming car reached him. The second is a constant occurrence – the Red traffic lights on the Monaghan RD. roadworks are ignored by those who are in such a hurry. Today I sat for 40 seconds while 12 lorries and cars came through even though I had the Green Light. I have it on video and would love to publish it but I don’t want to embarrass the drivers. What I am saying is that we all need to be more conscious of the other drivers on our roads and show a little consideration. We never know who is behind us – it could be a Donegal person rushing to a dying relative in a Dublin hospital, or a parent rushing with an ill child to Cavan or Doc-on-Call.
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Just thought I would comment of a few happenings in the locality over the past few weeks. Hopefully everyone got over Halloween with peace and happiness. There certainly was a quieter atmosphere around Emyvale and plenty of children, and adults, going about for ‘Trick or Treat’. The weather helped to make it enjoyable but we are all feeling the chill since the temperatures dropped. The spirit of the season was certainly enjoyed by all who attended the Halloween Party in Oakland, Glaslough, where a packed building of ghosts, ghouls and all sorts of scary monsters had a great experience and the proceeds were going to Temple Street Hospital for Children. Others enjoyed the majestic and other-world experience created in Rossmore Park and the Monaghan Town show on the night. Now Halloween is over its time to get ready for Christmas!!!!! The speed of traffic through the Emyvale Village has not slowed down – rather speed has increased and it is frightening to see the speed at which some lorries in particular pass through, and many times the driver is on the phone. The Traffic Calming measures at the Aughnacloy approach has done little to slow things and indeed last weekend another vehicle lost control on the corner and did substantial damage to the solid stone wall, not to mention the damage to the vehicle. The driver was uninjured, I am told, and was questioned by Gardai. However this whole issue needs another look. Local inhabitants are far from happy with the Islands at the corner and Main Street residents and shoppers in the village take their lives in their hands trying to cross the street. One set of traffic lights is not sufficient. It is the TII (Traffic Infrastructure Ireland) who has the final say and they are not in favour of ramps but the ramps look like the only way of slowing the traffic. Another way of slowing things is to have speed checks on a regular basis and people will be afraid of the Points. Some suggest that ‘the sooner we get a by-pass the better’ but I say – no By-Pass. We can see towns and villages throughout the country who got the by-pass and the life of the place went with the traffic. Emyvale shops are attracting big numbers, it makes for a lively village, and is good for everyone but a quiet village like a retreat centre would be boring. As well the big number of shoppers looking for parking space helps to slow the traffic somewhat. It has been suggested to remove parking from one side of the street and to plant trees along one side but that will scare shoppers from the town and help to make it a ghost town. Already the number of private dwellings on Main Street has reduced to a handful and that in itself has deadened the lively atmosphere that used to be on Main Street. Progress always comes at a price but to make Emyvale a retreat centre with an empty street is, for me anyway, too high a price to pay. While we are on the subject of traffic I will finish by commenting on the roadworks. Yes it is terrific to get our road realigned, widened, better surface, with a path going the whole way from Emyvale to Monaghan and we can accept the disruption as this is a major construction for the better and every effort is made to reduce that disruption to the lowest level possible. However our road users, myself included at times, show the highest form of selfishness and everyone seems to think that they own the road, that they are the only one in a hurry, that their work is the most vital and essential, that other road users do not deserve courtesy. Two examples – On the Monaghan Road recently I sat behind two tractors going between 25kmph and 40kmph for 4.5Km. They had plenty of options to pull in and allow the big tailback behind them to pass but no they carried on as if there was nothing behind them until one car driver got frustrated and went to pass but had to pull back as he would not have made it in before the oncoming car reached him. The second is a constant occurrence – the Red traffic lights on the Monaghan RD. roadworks are ignored by those who are in such a hurry. Today I sat for 40 seconds while 12 lorries and cars came through even though I had the Green Light. I have it on video and would love to publish it but I don’t want to embarrass the drivers. What I am saying is that we all need to be more conscious of the other drivers on our roads and show a little consideration. We never know who is behind us – it could be a Donegal person rushing to a dying relative in a Dublin hospital, or a parent rushing with an ill child to Cavan or Doc-on-Call.
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