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Traffic GRIDLOCK expected on Dublin quays (but at least there'll be something to look at)

The East Link is going up. And it will stay up for around an hour. Good timing, right?

IF YOU’RE PLANNING to use the East Link toll bridge in Dublin city this afternoon – well, don’t.

Why?

Seven tall ships are sailing into the city this afternoon for the weekend’s ‘Riverfest’ – which is expected to attract some 65,000 people between now and Monday.

If you fancy heading along, by the way, organisers Dublin Port are promising flyboarder demonstrations, tug boat “dances” (we’re not sure), river kayaking and free tours of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship as highlights of the festival.

There’ll also be a food and craft market along the quayside – as well as street performers, music, vintage bus tours of the Port, and “pirate and maritime demonstrations”.

You’ll find more details here.

In the meantime – if you’re planning on driving from Contarf to Sandymount for any reason, maybe get the Dart.

Tall Ship's Race 2012 Festival Sailors from the 'Cuauhtemoc' a Tall Ship from Mexico, stand on the yards of the masts to perform a traditional salute, as the ship sails out of Dublin Harbour at the conclusion of the Tall Ship's Race 2012. Source: PA WIRE

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