Monday, January 07, 2019

WHAT is it about road signs in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District area?

It’s as if people either love them or hate them.

Either way, they have a mysterious habit of being misplaced, lost or, God forbid, stolen from poles.

The mystery surrounding the disappearing road signs in the area began to surface as far back May 2013, when the issue was raised at Mountmellick Town Council.

At that meeting, the councillors were told that the “danger bend ahead sign has been taken from the Bay Road and two other speed signs in that area have also been taken and sold for scrap”.

This was followed by sporadic unconfirmed reports of signs “going missing” from around the district.

Then in June 2017, the culprits turned their attention to lifting a map board belonging to Woodenbridge District Community Alert, which was secured to a wall in Ballacolla.

Later that month, direction signs were taken from the Rosenallis/Clonaslee and Mountmellick areas and were sighted hanging from the walls of public houses in the New York area.

And if you thought that the mystery was confined to just direction and speed signs or map boards, you’d be mistaken.

In July 2017, a green flag went “missing” from a school in Portlaoise, while a sign in Mountrath directing traffic to the local golf club also disappeared without trace.

At the December meeting of the district, cllr Brendan Phelan called on the council to “replace” the Knockaroo sign at Green Road, Ballybrophy.

However, area engineer Stan Cullen was one step ahead and told him the matter had been nailed down and the sigh had been reinstated.

Cllr Phelan said that was good news.

“I am glad to know that the sign is back from New York. The people of Knockaroo are also delighted to see the sign back, which was a long, drawn-out saga,” he said.

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