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Road closures

Traffic diversions for St Patrick’s Day festivities

We’ve put together lists for Ireland’s main cities from the Gardaí and AA Roadwatch.

AN GARDA SIOCHÁNA and AA have announced a number of road closures and traffic diversions ahead of tomorrow’s festivities.

Here’s a handy round up:

Dublin City Centre

Traffic diversions for the parade will begin at 5am Saturday and will remain in place until after the completion of the parade at 3pm. However, Gardaí noted that time will have to be given for the dismantling of fences and roads will probably remain closed until 6pm. Affected roads where no traffic will be allowed include Christchurch, Dame Street and O’Connell Bridge. To get from South to North traffic can use Tara Street onto Butt Bridge, Samuel Beckett Bridge and the East Link. Routes along the Grand Canal stay open and South Quays can be accessed via Bride Street and all bridges West.

A funfair at Merrion Square West will see traffic diversions in place until next Wednesday morning. No traffic will be allowed into Merrion Square West. There will also be no parking allowed. Merrion Square East, South and North will also be closed on Sunday for the Big Day Out.

St Stephen’s Green North will be closed to traffic until 10pm tonight because of the Céilí Mór.

Dame Court and Dame Lane is closed to traffic for a musical event until 10pm tomorrow.

The annual family 5k run also takes place on Sunday from noon but diversions will begin from 9am. The race starts and finishes outside the Mansion House on Dawson Street. The route takes in St Stephen’s Green North, Merrion Row, Pembroke Street, Fitzwilliam Square South, Fitzwilliam Place East, Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Baggot Street Lower, Herbert Street, Herbert Place, Wilton Place, Leeson Street Lower, Adelaide Road, Earlsfort Terrace, Pembroke Street Upper & Lower. Molesworth Street and Wexford Street/Cuffe Street Junctions will also be affected. Roads will reopen at 2am. Traffic wishing to access the City Centre can do so via Aungier Street onto South Great George’s Street, Pearse Street / Grand Canal Street.

Custom House Quay will close from 8pm tonight to 6am Tuesday for the festival funfair.

Castle Street will close on Monday for the treasure hunt from 9am to 6pm.


Cork City

The parade route (Parnell Bridge to South Mall, Grand Parade and Patrick St before finishing up on Merchant’s Quay) will be closed from 11.45am. Copley Street, Union Quay and Lapps Quay will be closed from 6am.

To avoid the parade route motorists can use the North Quays from John Horgan Quay to Sundays Well and on the South Quays, they can use Georges Quay to Sullivans Quay and Frenches Quay to Weston Rd.

Motorists can use Michael Collins Bridge and Eamonn De Valera Bridge on the east side and Wellington Bridge on the west side.


Diversions will be in place in Macroom, Cork tomorrow as the parade takes place on the Main Street which is on the N22. Diversions will be in place between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Traffic travelling from Killarney to Cork will be diverted to Coolehane. Traffic going the opposite directed will be directed to Hartnett’s Cross. These routes are not suitable fro articulated vehicles and HGV’s. They should take the alternative route via Mallow on the day.

Galway City

Up to 60,000 are expected at Galway City’s parade from 11.30am. Roads will be closed from about 10.30am to about 3pm. The parade will start on Father Griffin Rd before travelling onto Dominic St, Bridge St, Shop St, William St, Williamgate St and onto Eyre Square.

Limerick City

Limerick is also expecting about 60,000 people at its annual parade from noon tomorrow. The parade will start at Sarsfield Barracks on Barrack Hill, before travelling onto O’Connell Ave, The Crescent, O’Connell St, Patrick St and Bank Place.

No parking will be allowed along the route from 4am. Traffic will not be permitted inbound over Sarsfield Bridge and only local traffic will be able to access Union Cross between 11am and 2pm.

Traffic coming from the Dublin Rd will be diverted at Abbey Bridge/Ballsbridge from 11am to 3:30pm. Traffic from Corbally will be diverted at Island Rd/Athlunkard St from 11am to 3.30pm. From Cork, traffic will be diverted at Punches Cross from 9am to 2.30pm.

Between 11am and 3.30pm, motorists coming from Corbally will be diverted at Island Rd/Athlunkard St jct and traffic will also have to turn left at the Henry St/Sarsfield St jct.

From 9am to 2.30pm, no traffic will be allowed from the O’Connell Ave jct of Wolfe Tone St to Punches Cross and Quinn St will be closed.

O’Connell St will remain closed between William St and Mallow St until 5pm.

Traffic will have to turn left at the Henry St/Sarsfield St jct from 11am to 3.30pm. Quinn St will be closed from 9am to 2.30pm.

The International Bank Parade will take place in the city on Sunday. Same diversions in place.

Waterford City

Up to 40,000 people are expected in Waterford for the 1pm parade.

The participants in the parade will gather at The Glen from 12pm and the area will be closed. The parade will leave The Glen at 1pm and travel towards Thomas St, The Quays, and The Mall and onto Parnell St where they will disperse.

From 9.30am to 2.30pm the following roads will be closed: Anne St, Barker St, Francis St, Hanover St, James St, Little Michael St, Margaret’s Ave, Penrose Lane, Sargent’s Lane, The Glen, Thomas Hill, Thomas St, Vulcan St and Wellington St., Custom House Quay, Coal Quay, George’s Quay, Meagher’s Quay, Merchant’s Quay, Parade Quay,Scotch Quay, Alexander St, Arundel Square, Bailey’s New St, Bakehouse Lane, Barronstrand St, Blackfriars St, Broad St, Carrigeen Park, Cathedral Lane, Colbeck St, Conduit Lane, Exchange St, George’s St, Gladstone St, Glass House Lane, Greyfriars, Henrietta St, High St and Jenkin’s Lane. Also, Keyser St, Lady Lane, Little Patrick St, Meeting House Lane, Michael St, O’ Brien’s Tce, Patrick St, Patrick’s Tce, Peter St, Stephen St from Patrick St to Bachelor’s Walk, Parnell St, The Mall, Adelphi Quay, Bank Lane, Beau St, Bolton St, Canada St, Catherine St, Grubb’s Lane, Lombard St, Mall Lane, O’ Connell St, Rose Lane, William St, Park Rd, South Parade, Water St, Waterside and Newtown Rd will be closed from Canada St to Lwr Newtown Rd.


The city’s parade takes place from 2 to 5 pm. It will start at McDonagh Junction before travelling to St John’s Bridge and Rose Inn Street, right at The Parade, onto High Street, Bateman Quay and Market Yard.

The route will be closed from noon until 5pm. Traffic from Ormonde Rd will be diverted onto Patrick St. Castle St motorists will divert onto Nuncio Rd and those from Parliament St will divert up

More details of your locality are available from the AA Roadwatch website>

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