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Dublin: 6 °C Friday 24 January, 2020
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Going to a parade? Here's what you need to know about the weather and road closures

Maybe bring a brolly, just in case.

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people will attend various St Patrick’s Day parades across the country today.

So, what’s the weather going to be like?

Not too bad, according to Met Éireann.

There will be frost in some areas this morning, especially in the east. Mist and a fog patches will clear and it will be a mainly dry and bright day, with sunny spells in places.

Ireland being Ireland, a few scattered showers will also occur. Maximum temperatures will range from 8 to 11 degrees Celsius, with a mild breeze in many areas.

rainfall We're off to a good start in terms of rainfall - or the lack of it. Source: Met Éireann

Tonight is expected to be dry, with clear spells. Overnight temperatures will drop to minus 1 to plus 2 degrees Celsius, with frost likely.

Road closures

Dublin

The parade in the capital will get underway at midday, and will see participants depart from Parnell Square onto O’Connell Street, over O’Connell Bridge and onto Westmoreland Street. They will then make their way down Dame Street and Lord Edward Street and through to Patrick Street, before finishing up just past St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Western Way to Fredrick Street North will be closed until 2.30pm. The following roads are closed until 5pm: Dominick Street Upper, Mountjoy Street (to junction of Wellington Street), Middle Mountjoy Street, Palmerston Place, St Mary’s Place North, Granby Row, Parnell Square North & East, part of O’Connell Street and O’Connell Bridge.

Westmoreland Street, College Green, Dame Street, Lord Edward Street, Christchurch Place, Nicholas Street and Patrick Street will also be closed until 5pm.

Traffic restrictions are in place on St Stephen’s Green North from midday to 9pm.

Cork

The parade in Cork city will start at 1pm. The route begins at Parnell Bridge, before travelling on towards South Mall, Grand Parade and Patrick Street, through to Merchants Quay. Road closures will be in place along the parade route from 11.45am.

To avoid the parade route motorists can use the North Quays from John Horgan Quay to Sundays Well and on the South Quays. Parnell Place, Merchants Quay and St Patrick’s Bridge will remain open.

St. Patrick's Day. People from all arou Rain, be gone! Source: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Galway

The parade in Galway city will run from 11.30am until approximately 1pm. Up to 60,000 people are expected to attend.

The parade will start from Fairhill to Lower Dominic Street and travel along Bridge Street, Shop Street, William Street, Williamgate Street and onto Eyre Square before finishing at Prospect Hill.  Rolling road closures will be in place along the route and delays are likely.

Limerick

The parade will take place in Limerick city from midday to 2pm and approximately 70,000 people are expected to attend. It will start at Sarsfield Barracks on Barrack Hill, before travelling onto O’Connell Avenue, the Crescent, O’Connell Street, Patrick Street and Bank Place. No parking will be allowed along the route from 4am.

The following road closures will be in place today from 7am until 3:30pm: O’ Connell Avenue, Quin Street, Rutland Street, Gerard Street, Patrick Street, O’Connell Street, Charlotte Quay, Bridge Street, Athlunkard Street, Sarsfield Bridge, Sarsfield Street, Liddy Street, Honan’s Quay, Arthurs Quay, Merchants Quay, Nicholas Street and Convent Street.

Waterford

Approximately 40,000 people are expected to attend the parade in Waterford city.  Participants will gather at the Glen from 12pm and the area will be closed. It will leave the Glen at 1pm and travel towards Thomas Street, The Quays, and the Mall and onto Parnell Street.

From 9.30am to 2.30pm, several roads will be closed including: Anne Street, Barker Street, Francis Street, Hanover Street, James Street, Little Michael Street, Margaret’s Avenue, Penrose Lane, Sargent’s Lane, the Glen, Thomas Hill, Thomas Street, Vulcan Street and Wellington Street.

For a full list of road closures and diversions across the country, check out the AA Roadwatch website.

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