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A 16-year-old boy has tragically died following a traffic collision in Co. Kildare on the 3rd July.

The boy was cycling at Oughterard, Straffan at 4.50pm on the 3rd July, when he was involved in a collision with a car.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was treated for head injuries, but died this weekend.

The driver of the car a woman in her 40s was not injured.

A Garda investigation into the collision is underway.

Our thoughts are with the boy's family and friends at this devastating time. 

Earlier in the summer, the garda urged cyclists to take care and bike safely on the roads, following their report that 171 motorcyclists have been killed and 629 seriously injured since 2010.

"Motorcyclists and cyclists are among our most vulnerable of road users because they have very little protection in the event of a crash. Cyclists can help reduce this vulnerability by taking some very simple steps. Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and high visibility clothing to make yourself visible to other road-users plus ride with your dipped headlight on," said Garda Commissioner Mr Donál Ó Cualáin. 

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Gardaí in Kildare have renewed their appeal for witnesses to fatal collision between a lorry and car over the Christmas period.

The driver of the car, a 36-year-old woman, passed away in hospital last night as a result of her injuries.

The incident occurred at around 9.30am on Thursday, December 28 on Newtown Road in Celbridge.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the woman was taken to Naas Hospital.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Gardai at Leixlip are investigating, and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who can assist them in the investigation to contact them at Leixlip Garda Station at 01 666 7800, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Gardaí in Kildare are appealing for information following a serious assault in Rathangan Village.

A 19-year-old man was seriously injured when he was attacked by another man while entering a taxi in the early hours of the morning. 

The incident occurred at 1.30am on December 27 on Rathangan's main street.

The victim, who is in a serious condition, was punched by the assailant, the force of which caused him to fall backwards and hit the road.

A female was also assaulted during the incident and received minor injuries.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the assault. 

They are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Main Street area between 1am and 2am on the night in question to come forward.

They are also calling for anyone who may have dash cams fitted to their vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Kildare 045-527730, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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The Simon Community, a housing and homeless charity, saw a 33 percent rise in the number of people using its services. 

The charity helps those who are homeless in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath. 

According to their Annual Report for 2016, this increase includes more than 11,000 people total, who were either homeless or at risk of losing the roof over their heads.

Simon helped 1,400 families and nearly 3,000 children last year as well.

The number of families facing homelessness has soared by over 50 percent and the number of homeless children by 49 percent. 

Many of these families must live in hotel rooms, with limited space for children to play and no proper kitchen to cook in. 

"These trends are flesh and blood, people’s lives and childhoods potentially lost," Padraig McKeon, Chairperson of Simon Community, said in a statement. 

He also noted that the charity plans on building 400 more accommodation units in the four counties they serve, which will be both supported housing and independent living units.

Padraig thanked all of the charity's clients and residents whose 'continued determination and perseverance to move forward with their lives' are utterly inspiring.

"Every day we are inspired by what you have overcome," the Chairperson wrote, "Your experience and insights ensure our services continue to adapt and improve."

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Gardaí in Ashbourne are investigating the discovery of a body of a man in his 20s in Co. Meath.

The man’s body was discovery this morning in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne near the Meath / Kildare border. 

According to RTE, the man sustained gunshot wounds. 

Gardaí are however treating the death as suspicious

The body of the man remains at the scene and has yet to be formally identified, however according to RTE, Gardaí believe him to be an individual who was reported missing yesterday who is involved in organised crime. 

The scene is preserved for a forensic and technical examination.

The office of the state pathologist and local Coroner have been notified.

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The death of two men has occurred following a house fire in Co Kildare in the early hours of this morning.

According to emerging reports, the alarm was raised at approximately 02.40 in Tully East, Kildare Town.

It has been established that the bodies of two men – one believed to be in his 30s and one believed to be in his 70s – were discovered at the scene following the arrival of emergency services.

Three units of the fire service attended the scene which is currently under technical examination.

A Garda investigation has been launched.

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A suspected gas explosion has taken place at Canal Walk Athy in Co Kildare this morning.

A firefighter has been injured at the scene in the fire which occurred as a result. 

Emergency responders from Co Kildare and Co Laois were tackling the fire, and a number of Gardaí are at the scene.

A source told The Independent that one firefighter was injured in the incident. 

'Gas explosion at housing estate in Athy, Co. Kildare,' reported The Emergency Times Twitter account.

"Emergency Services from Kildare and Laois in attendance. Injuries reported.'

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Every county has things which set them apart from each other, right?

While Dublin is the capital, Cork thinks it's the capital, and Galway should probably be the capital, Kildare is happy to mosey along minding its own business for the most part.

And yet that doesn't mean Kildare-folk are exempt from stereotype or disdain from our fellow countrymen, so if you're a Lilywhite, chances are some –  if not all – of the following ring true.

1. Dubliners think you're a bogger, but almost every other county considers you a bit of a jackeen.

"Girls, we're in a limbo here."

2. Meath may be one of your nearest neighbours, but woe betide if you meet them on the pitch in Croke Park.

"This is our year lads, I can feel it."

3. We considered the opening of Kildare Village back in the day our own personal Oscars.

"Have you SEEN that place yet? Honestly, we've made it now. Can't afford a thing in the place."

4. The words 'bottleneck' and Monasterevin used go hand-in-hand.

"Don't wind Dad up, we're about to hit Monasterevin any second."

5. People outside of Kildare assume you're from a horsey set when the only time you actually encountered a horse was on holidays in Connemara.

"The Curragh? I wouldn't know how to get there if you paid me."

6. Telling people where you're from while abroad is made much easier when you say 'just outside Dublin'.

"I'm not a traitor, he just wouldn't have a jaysusin' clue what I meant if I said Leixlip."

7. You have spent at least one birthday giving it loads at Time Venue Naas.

"Look ladies, it's a big one, so I vote Time… and a 17-seater minivan."

8. You've had your flat accent mimicked so much you inadvertently adopted a Dublin accent during your teens.

"Wha? I always sounded like this, buh."

9. You know that certain very talented people hail from Kildare, and you'll reel those names off at the speed of light if it comes down to it.

"Well there's Damien Rice, Ray D'arcy, then your man who made Father Ted and the I.T Crowd, and then there's the time Ronan Keating bought a gaf here."

10. There's a big difference between north and south Kildare, and few people will accept an assumption they're from the other one.

"Maynooth? I presume you mean Moone, sir."

11. You still don't know the official name for that giant black ball on the Naas bypass.

"I know you've told me before, but remind me again and don't be a d*ck."

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Poor oul Santa was pulled over by the guards this morning as he made a trip from Kildare to Temple Street Hospital.

Gardaí tweeted a warning about the man in red, telling road users to be on alert.

"Gardaí are asking the public to be aware of this man travelling from Kildare to Temple Street hospital today. Last seen on 25/12/15."

They had to check if Santa's sleigh was taxed and insured to be on the road, and after a quick look, the Gardaí let old Saint Nick pass through.

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But today wasn't the only day Mr Claus made time for the kids; he dropped into the hospital earlier this week for a quick visit with patients and their nurses, and handed out a few treats while he was there, too.

We can't wait for him to come by our homes on Christmas Eve!

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Men across Naas are being warned to "lookout today for any women who may approach them in a sinister fashion."

Since today is the traditional day for women to pop the question, the Kildare-based Gardaí issued the very stealth warning to single men.

They make some very witty points in their Facebook post, which has been liked nearly 10,000 times. 

"Incidents like this last happened in the area almost exactly four years ago and the unfortunate male victims still haven't recovered.

"This is not a matter that the local Garda station can help you with so either run and hide, don't leave the house or else just say yes!"

Fair play lads, thanks for the warning, but we're not all crazy females. 

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Passing through Kildare today? Keep your eyes peeled for a new addition to the country's roads.

Nope, it's not a statue to honour Kildare's most famous export Ray D'Arcy. Not yet, anyway. 

According to local site Kildare.ie, the Kilcock to Maynooth road is now home to Ireland's first ever Otter Crossing sign.

Apparently otters are commonly seen foraging for food on the road between the Rye River and the Royal Canal, and members of the public requested that the signs be erected there for safety's sake.

Ireland's otter population currently stands at around 12,000 – and indeed Imgur users in Cork also reported seeing what looked like otters (and not giant rats, we hope) near the Gate Cinema area of north Cork city last week.

It's an otter invasion, but not to worry, as we have the new signs to protect us.

H/t: Reddit Ireland

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With the Rugby World Cup in full swing across the water, we're being treated to a load of rather impressive Haka right now. 

What a pity though we missed one on our very doorstep – for a visiting New Zealand schools team delighted Co Kildare locals earlier this week with their impressive display.

Better still… the traditional war-cry took place in a service station branch of Supermac's.

Students from the Wairoa College Rugby Academy have certainly been making the most of the Irish leg of their European tour.

Indeed, their busy Facebook page has plenty of snaps of Dublin city centre (they, of course, made sure to visit the Aviva Stadium), as well as Roscrea College in Co Offaly and Dromore High School in Co Down. 

On Monday, the teenagers stopped in SuperMac's in Mayfield just off the M7 in Kildare – and when staff there asked them to perform a Haka, they happily obliged. 

 

Boys perform haka at Supermacs – Junction 14 Mayfield after special request from staff.

Posted by Wairoa College Rugby Academy on Monday, 21 September 2015

 

Numerous locals captured the unique moment on their phones – and a video of the incident uploaded onto the Wairoa College Facebook page has now been viewed more than 20,000 times. 

SuperMac's itself has even shared alternative footage to its own Facebook profile.

 

The Haka… in Supermac's!

Some visitors to Supermac's at Junction 14 Mayfield performed a version of the intimidating and fear-inducing Haka. Check it out below!Thanks to Martin McKeogh who posted the video on Twitter.

Posted by Supermac's on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

 

The U18s squad departed New Zealand on Saturday and are also touring England, Wales, Belgium, France and Dubai, where they will compete with fellow students.

Today, they attended morning assembly at Dromore High School, also tucking into a hearty full-Irish breakfast. 

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