Heavy showers forecast for official Team Ireland celebration
FOOTAGE of Team Ireland's performances in the London Olympics will be beamed from a screen in central Dublin today as part of the special homecoming celebration.
Traffic will be disrupted from 6am on several city routes ahead of the lunchtime event at the junction of Dawson Street and Molesworth Street.
Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri and junior sports minister Michael Ring will welcome Team Ireland on to a specially erected stage at 1pm.
Met Eireann is forecasting heavy showers for Dublin with the risk of localised flooding, but the gale-force winds are not expected to hit the east coast until later in the day.
The Hallelujah Gospel Choir is set to perform at the event, which will involve footage from the Games and on-stage interviews with some of the athletes.
The public event is due to finish at 2pm, ahead of a private reception with the lord mayor at the Mansion House.
The athletes will enjoy food at Fire Restaurant, with Irish produce from suppliers including Jane Russell, with Ardsallagh goat's cheese and Glin Valley chicken on the menu.
Cava will also be provided as well as a specially created Olympic-themed trio of alcohol-free cocktails in Irish colours green, white and gold.
Gardai have advised motorists of several road closures.
The following roads will be closed from 6am until 4pm:
• Cuffe Street (traffic heading towards Dawson Street).
• St Stephen's Green South (eastbound traffic, ie heading towards Dawson Street).
• St Stephen's Green East (all traffic except southbound contraflow bus lane).
• St Stephen's Green North (all traffic).
• Dawson Street (all traffic).
• Molesworth Street (all traffic between Dawson and South Frederick Street).
Parking will not be allowed on Dawson Street, Molesworth Street, St Stephen's Green North between Kildare and Dawson Streets, South Frederick Street between Molesworth Street and Setanta Place and South Anne Street between 6am and 4pm.
There will be no vehicle access to taxi ranks operating on St Stephen's Green North, between Grafton and Dawson Streets, Dawson Street and Molesworth Street.