Commuters urged to use public transport over festival weekend
MORE than 50 road closures will take place in Dublin city centre on a rolling basis for the St Patrick's Festival.
Gardai are urging commuters to the city to use public transport in an effort to avoid traffic chaos in the capital during the celebrations.
"The message is to use alternative transport to get into the city," a garda spokesman said yesterday.
Some of the major routes into and out of the city will be affected at various times by rolling closures from this evening until Wednesday.
However, the majority of the closures have been scheduled to take place on Sunday – when this year's main event, 'The People's Parade', will take place.
O'Connell Street and O'Connell Bridge will be closed from 5am until 3pm on Sunday while College Green, Dame Street and Westmorland Street will be closed until 5pm.
Stephen's Green and Earlsfort Terrace will both be closed from 8am until 6pm on the same day.
Custom House Quay will be closed from 8pm this evening until 6am on Tuesday while Merrion Square West will remain closed until 6am on Wednesday.
The remainder of Merrion Square will be closed from 7pm this evening until 11pm on Saturday as will Fitzwilliam Street Lower.
From 1am on Sunday, teams will begin to lay out over 4,500 crowd barriers along the parade route which, if laid end to end, would run for 10km.
Events have been taking place across the city since yesterday. This afternoon a ceili will take place on St Stephen's Green at 4.30pm.
For a full list of what's on and road closures see: stpatricksfestival.ie.