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Additional signage requested following traumatic collisions between deer and motorists on Laois road


A request for additional signage to warn motorists about deer crossing a Laois road has been approved.

The road in question is from the village of Ballybrittas back to the Montague Hotel.

Cllr PJ Kelly raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District.

He said: “We need this signage to warn motorists of deer crossing, especially during the dark winter months and during rutting season.

“A huge amount of deer pass through this area and rotate over and back between the motorway and the old Dublin, Cork and Limerick Road.

“This was always an old passage way for deer and there is a high fence at the motorway so they tend to gather there.”

Cllr Kelly also told some rather harrowing accounts of incidents that have happened recently.

He said: “There were three deer hit on the road one night.

“One lady and her daughter had to help one deer who had broken its back off of the road.

“This is very distressing to see a beautiful animal in such distress – especially for a child to witness.

“That is not to mention the damage that is done to vehicles when they crash into a deer.”

Council engineer Philip McVeigh confirmed the Council was currently arranging for signage to be installed.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.