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Day Three of traffic turmoil: how to get around Dublin today

It’ll be a light day of royal events across Dublin and Kildare – here’s what you’ll need to know to get around today.

It's nice and quiet, sssh, sssh...
It's nice and quiet, sssh, sssh...
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE THIRD DAY of the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Ireland is a relatively simple one – the Duke of Edinburgh is hanging around Dublin for an event at Áras an Úachtaráin while the Queen travels to the National Stud.

Those activities are then followed up by an event at the National Convention Centre in the evening which will once again play a more significant role in affecting traffic as rush hour commuters try to make their way home.

For your commuting convenience: here are the roads, rails and buses that will be hampered.


All day (from 9am to 8:30pm) there’ll be traffic diversions on the N4 citybound at Junction 7 on the M50. All traffic heading into the city from the M50 will be diverted elsewhere along the M50 to access the city centre.

The following Sts will be closed from 09:45:

  • Phoenix Park
  • South Circular Road (Con Colbert Road – Conyngham Road)
  • Conyngham Road
  • Infirmary Road
  • Parkgate Street
  • Chapelizod Village

The following areas will be closed from 12:00:

  • North Wall Quay
  • Guild Street
  • Samuel Beckett Bridge

The following areas will be closed between 17:15 and 20:30 (traffic across the Liffey will be restricted during these hours):

  • Phoenix Park
  • Parkgate Street
  • North Quays
  • South Quays

A comprehensive list of the individual routes that will be available, as alternatives, will be available on the Garda website.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus will have staff on the ground in the city tomorrow to advise travellers of any disruptions to travel services. Route closures are largely in line with those outlined as part of the road closures listed above.

Most routes will operate a full service, or with local diversions in some cases. The following routes will have outright amendments, and details of alternatives routes are outlined on

  • 15/a/b
  • 25/a/b/x
  • 26
  • 33/x
  • 37
  • 39/a
  • 49/a
  • 50
  • 54a
  • 56/a
  • 65/b
  • 66/a/b/x
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69/x
  • 70
  • 74/a
  • 77/a
  • 78/a
  • 79/a
  • 83
  • 84x
  • 128
  • 145
  • 150
  • 151


The Red Line will operate as normal except for between 16:30 and 20:30, when services will operate between Tallaght and Connolly only – that is, there’ll be no services between Connolly and The Point during those hours, as the Queen’s event takes place at the National Convention Centre.

The Green Line will operate a full uninterrupted service.

Irish Rail

There will be some brief suspension of Irish Rail services between Connolly and Pearse stations at a number of individual windows:

  • 17:30 to 18:15
  • 19:45 to 20:15

During these times, northside services will operate from Howth/Malahide and Drogheda as far as Connolly Station; and Southside services will operate from Bray and Greystones as far as Pearse.

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Gavan Reilly

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