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Access to College Green restricted as crowds build for Obama event

Gardaí say the area near the stage for tonight’s event is already at capacity and are appealing to people not to travel in to that area of town.

THOUSANDS OF people queued for hours for a prime spot at the stage where US President Barack Obama will make his Irish public address this evening.

Traffic in the city centre was restricted over the weekend as part of the preparations for today’s event and gardaí say that there will be intermittent closures along the North and South Quays in Dublin over the course of the evening.

Although people already on Dame Street, Lord Edward Street and in Christchurch will gain entry to the event, gardaí are appealing to people who aren’t in that area, not to travel there because College Green is already at capacity.

For updates as traffic restrictions in Dublin city centre change over the next 24 hours, check the garda website or @GardaTraffic on Twitter.

Musician Sharon Shannon has already played for the crowds gathered at College Green and actor Brendan Gleeson has just introduced Ryan Sheridan on to the stage.

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