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Thursday 28 August 2014

'This weekend will be the best weekend of my life' - One Direction's Niall Horan is looking forward to playing Croke Park

Anita McSorley

Published 20/05/2014 | 08:27

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Niall Horan of One Direction
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Niall Horan and Liam Payne attend the Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Niall Horan and Liam Payne attend the Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)

It looks like we’re not the only ones excited for One Direction’s Croker invasion this weekend.

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Niall Horan last night tweeted that this weekend will ‘hands down’ be the best of his life.

The 20-year-old Mullingar native said: “Lyin in bed ! Thinkin! this weekend is gona be hands down the best weekend of my life! #crokepark”

There’s just four days until One Direction begin their string of sold-out nights at Croke Park.

They begin the European leg of their ‘Where We Are’ tour in Dublin this Friday night.

The concerts have led to a massive Garda security and traffic operation being put in place.

With 80pc of the audience aged between 5 and 18 years of age, additional precautions are being put in place to protect those attending.

Promoters MCD have already warned that strict restrictions will be in place and children under the age of 14 who have purchased pitch tickets will be turned away from the gig. They also warned fans under the age of 16 that they can only attend the concert if they are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Specialist stewards, who have experience in dealing with young children, will be brought in to help Gardai.

Temple Street Children’s hospital will recruit extra staff as an extra precaution. They are due to hold a meeting about implementing an emergency contingency plan to cope in the event of a large volume of A&E traffic.

In terms of traffic, parents will not be able to drop their children off in cars anywhere near Croke Park. There will be two pick up points at Mountjoy Square East and on the Clonliffe Road near the Mater Dei.

Parents of children with special needs or physical disabilities will be able to get their children at Clonliffe College car park.

Concert-goers are being urged to walk to the stadium or to use public transport. Dublin Bus have a number of routes that run to Croke Park, Iarnrod Eireann are bringing in extra trains to Drumcondra station, Bus Eireann will have extra buses on and Luas will keep a frequent schedule.

Private coaches ferrying patrons to the event will be directed to one car park area at the O2 Arena at East Wall with entry from the East Link bridge or through the Port Tunnel.

One Direction play three sold-out nights in Croke Park on May 23rd, 24th and 25th.

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