Wednesday 16 October 2019

Traffic restrictions in place for funerals of Carrickmines fire victims

A family read the messages of condolence outside the site of the Carrickmines fire tragedy
A family read the messages of condolence outside the site of the Carrickmines fire tragedy

By David Tucker

GARDA traffic restrictions will be in place in Wexford town on Thursday (October 22) and Friday (October 23) due to the large numbers of mourners expected to attend the funeral services for five of the Carrickmines fire tragedy victims.

The funeral cortege carrying the remains of Thomas and Sylvia Connors, aged 27 and 25 respectively, and their children Jim, aged 5, Christy, aged two, and six-month-old Mary is due at Bride Street Church at 5 p.m on Thursday, where a service will be held.

On Friday, following a service of commendation at 12 noon, the tragic family, which has strong links to Wexford town, will be taken to Crosstown for burial.

A gardai spokesman said that from Thursday, parking restrictions will be in place in the church car park at Bride Street, as well as along Roches Road, Thomas Street and Carrigeen Street. The funeral cortege is due to arrive at the church after turning off the bypass towards the Whitford House Hotel and proceeding via Killeens and Bishopswater to Bride Street.

On Friday, while the cortege is leaving the church for Crosstown, traffic will be stopped at the Talbot Hotel to allow it to turn left on the Quays from King Street. Similar parking restrictions to those in place on Thursday will be in place until around 2 p.m. on Friday.

On the other side of Wexford Bridge, coastal traffic on the R741 will be diverted at Castlebridge to the N11 via Crossabeg to Kyle Cross and then left towards Wexford, either turning left at the Ferrycarrig or at the Maldron Hotel into the town centre. Further back on the N11, there will be signs advising people to remain on the N11 and not to try to divert via Wexford Bridge.

Because of the size of the funeral and the large numbers expected, a garda traffic management team will be out and extra officers will be on duty at all the traffic points.

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