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Day 4: how to get around Cashel and Cork as the Queen visits Munster

No more traffic closures for Dublin, as the Queen and Prince Philip head to Munster for the final day of a four-day tour.

The Queen's a few weeks early for the Munster Hurling Championship, but some traffic restrictions will apply tomorrow in Tipperary and Cork.
The Queen's a few weeks early for the Munster Hurling Championship, but some traffic restrictions will apply tomorrow in Tipperary and Cork.
Image: Haydn West/PA Archive

THE CAPITAL’S COMMUTERS will be breathing a sigh of relief as the streets of Dublin return to normal tomorrow morning, as the Queen and Prince Philip leave for Tipperary and then Cork on the final day of their visits.

The movement of the Royal Party down to Munster will mean some road closures and other delays, however – so if you’re heading that way too, here’s what you’ll need to bear in mind.

Roads – Tipperary

In addition to the traffic flow restrictions on the M8 from junctions 7 to 9, which have been in place since Monday, Junction 7 has already been closed. Cashel should be accessed through junctions 8 and 9. Junction 7 will reopen early in the afternoon.

In Cashel town, the following roads are closed:

  • Ladyswell Street
  • Moore Lane
  • Rock Villa
  • Dominic Street
  • Boherclough Street
  • Lower Gate Street
  • Bank Place
  • Canopy Street
  • The Green to Wallers Lot
  • The Kiln
  • Mountjudkin Road
  • Camas Road
  • Circular Road
  • N8 (Old Dublin Road) from Junction 7 to Cashel town

Traffic can enter the town through Friar Street, Main Street and Cahir Road as well as Junctions 8 and 9 as mentioned.

Outer cordon restrictions are in place until 2pm tomorrow in Fethard and Killenaule – diversions will be in place and Garda staff on site to offer travel advice. Local traffic will be permitted to pass through unrestricted.

Roads – Cork

First of all, there are no traffic restrictions north of the River Lee.

From 10am until4pm, the following streets will be closed:

  • Tuckey Street
  • North Main Street
  • South Main Street
  • Copley Street
  • Union Quay
  • Batchelors Quay
  • Grenville Place
  • Grattan Street
  • Liberty Street
  • Adelaide Street
  • Kyle Street
  • Castle Street
  • Cornmarket Street
  • Paul Street

The following areas are also closed from 10am, with no specific hours at present given for reopening:

  • South Link Road (inbound)
  • Station Road
  • Anglesea Street
  • South Mall
  • Grand Parade
  • Patrick Street
  • Academy Street
  • Washington Street
  • Sheares Street
  • Dyke Parade

Douglas Street will have a one-way system in operation from Langford Row Junction to Evergreen Street Junction for all traffic going in that direction during the closure hours.

The following are closed from 12 noon to 4pm:

  • Georges Quay
  • Sullivan’s Quay
  • South Terrace
  • Infirmary Road
  • Ruthland Street
  • White Street
  • Dunbar Street
  • Mary Street
  • Cobh Street

During the same hours of 12pm to 4pm there will be no pedestrian access at:

  • Princess Street (“Upper”) – Both Sides
  • Grand Parade
    - Junction of Oliver Plunkett Street to Patrick Street
    - St Augustine Street to Tuckey Street
    - Junction of Tuckey Street and Grand Parade to Electric Bar South Mall
  • Washington Street (Both Sides)
    - Junction Grand Parade to South Main Street

Parking restrictions are already in place on Douglas Street and Sullivan’s Quay.

Cork Airport: If travelling between 1pm and 5pm, you should be at the airport before 1pm. The road from the roundabout at the entrance to Cork Airport, leading to the Kinsale Road Roundabout, will be subject to restrictions on both motor and foot traffic.

There will be no parking on this road and no pedestrian viewing.

Provincial Buses

Route 40 between Tralee and Cork will operate as normal from Kerry to CUH, but will then operate via the South Link road and not serve UCC or the Mercy Hospital.

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Services departing Cork will operate as normal, but may be delayed.

Cork Buses

Bus Éireann will operate a Park and Ride facility from Blask Ash Park to Lapp’s Quay. Schedules are available on the Bus Éireann website.

All northside services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 12 will operate to and from Merchant’s Quay. Number 1 will operate a normal route.

Southwide services numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 16 will operate from opposite the Market Bar on Anglesea Street. The number 2 operates a normal route.

Westside services 5 and 8 to and from CIT and Bishopstown will operate from Anglesea Street via the Southlink Road to Turners Cross.

Number 10 will operate as far as Gilabbey St via Pearse Road, Turners Cross to Anglesea Street. Number 14 will operate a similar route to and from CUH.

Rail

There are no Irish Rail curtailments scheduled for the day – all trains are set to run as normal.

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