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How to get around Dublin this bank holiday weekend…

…and other traffic hotspots around the country as festivals are held from Donegal to Cork.

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A BUSY WEEKEND is planned for Dublin this June bank holiday as the city hosts events including the Women’s Mini-Marathon, Bavara City Racing, and the Forbidden Fruit festival.

Anyone planning on spending time in the city over the coming few days is being advised to check what roads are closed before commencing their journey and to double-check public transport to see what routes are being affected by this weekend’s events.

Traffic restrictions

Traffic throughout the city centre is being restricted over the weekend:

Temporary road closures will operate from Saturday evening until 5.30pm  Monday on O’Connell Street, Westmoreland Street, D’Olier Street, College Street, College Green, Dame Street (from College Green to Sth Great Georges St), Wellington Quay, Crampton Quay, Aston Quay, Burgh Quay and Georges Quay for the Bavaria City Racing event. Custom House Quay and North Wall Quay will be closed from Saturday evening until 9am Monday, while Samuel Beckett Bridge, Talbot Memorial Bridge and Butt Bridge will be closed from early Sunday morning until 8pm that day.

On Monday, traffic restrictions will be in place in on Fitzwilliam Street from 6am to allow for the erection of barriers ahead of the Women’s Mini-Marathon. Traffic diversions will be in place from 2.45pm until 5.30pm for Nutley Lane, the Stillorgan Road from Belfield to Donneybrook village, Morehampton Road and Leeson Street. Diversions will also be in place from Merrion Gates to Strand Road, and Stillorgan Road to Fosters Avenue.

Bord Bia’s Bloom garden and food event is running in the Phoenix Park until Monday evening. A free shuttle bus is operating between the event and Heuston station throughout the weekend and gardaí are advising anyone who is heading to Bloom to use public transport rather than bring their own vehicle as traffic is being restricted.

Public transport

Meanwhile, Irish Rail updates can also be checked on a livemap online and on Twitter. The Tara Street rail station will be closed up to 7pm on Sunday to facilitate the  Bavaria City Racing event; passengers are being advised to use nearby Pearse Street or Connolly Stations.

A range of Dublin Bus routes are affected by the city racing on Saturday (see this list) and on Sunday (see this list). These route diversions will be in operation on Monday for the Women’s Mini-Marathon.

You can check Bus Éireann‘s real time departures online here. A range of Bus Éireann services are being cancelled and altered tomorrow and on Monday, while limited additional services will be in operation. The list of those chances are available here.

Park and ride facilities are available in eight locations connected with the Luas. Luas service updates can be checked on its website and on Twitter.

Events around Ireland this weekend

  • Enniscorthy, Co Wexford hosts the Strawberry Festival this weekend until tomorrow. Traffic restrictions will be in place around the showgrounds.
  • Traffic in Portlaoise is likely to be heavy this weekend as the town hosts the regional finals of the Rose of Tralee until tomorrow.
  • Tattersalls International Horse Trials and County Fair runs in Ratoath Co Meath until tomorrow. AA Roadwatch says that extra traffic is expected through the town, on the N2/Ashbourne Road and the M3 Kells/Clonee Road approaching J5 Dunboyne.
  • The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is being held in Kilkenny until Monday and heavy traffic is expected in the city.
  • Delays are expected in the Spiddal Pier area of Co Galway on Sunday during Féile an Spideal.
  • Extra traffic is also expected in Carrick on Suir, Co Tipperary this weekend for the Clancy Brothers Music Festival which started yesterday and continues until tomorrow.
  • The town square in Bandon, Co Cork will be closed this evening and tomorrow evening for the Bandon Music Festival with diversions in place.
  • The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival runs in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal until tomorrow.

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