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Crashes kill two bikers

TWO more young men have lost their lives on the country's roads.

The two motorcyclists died as gardai finalised details of a major offensive aimed at saving lives over the bank holiday week.

The men -- aged 23 and 30 -- both went off country roads. The younger man hit a signpost and the other a wall.

The deaths bring the number of people killed on Irish roads this year to 118.

Some 72 of these were in the 16-35 year age group.

The first accident took place around midday yesterday when the 23-year-old lost control of his motorbike as he went around a sharp bend in Wicklow. He veered off the road and into a signpost between Tinahely and Hacketstown.

The other man died when his motorbike collided with a wall in Shanagolden, Co Limerick, at 6pm. He was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital but doctors pronounced him dead a short time later.


Gardai have launched investigations into both deaths and have appealed for witnesses.

The victim of the Wicklow accident was living in Dublin but is understood to originate from an area along the Roscommon-Westmeath border.

He was part of a group of at least five other motorcyclists on the route. He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries.

Meanwhile gardai have announced details of their road safety campaign for the August bank holiday weekend.

Officers have used the slogan, Don't Let Someone Else Take Your Life In Their Hands, as the main theme of the drive.

A spokesperson asked that people "exercise peer pressure on friends and family members to persuade drivers to slow down in order to reduce fatal and serious collisions on our roads".