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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend; Travel Tips and Weather Warnings

Posted on March 16, 2018

How to travel to the parade

The St. Patrick’s Day parade 2018 will be in the City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Are you are planning to travel into the parade this year? We advise that you plan your route to and from the city. Some road closures are expected to impact traffic and parking within the city. For this reason, we advise you to leave the car at home if you are going into the city. We have provided you with some travel details to and from the city to make your weekend journeys as easy as possible.

Dublin Bus – A Sunday service will be in operation on St. Patricks Day, with diversions on some routes from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th of March 2018. Nitelink services will be running on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th with no service on Sunday 18th March. Full details can be found on the Dublin Bus Website.

Luas – Normal Saturday service along with some restrictions on both Green and Red line trams due to the parade in the city centre. These details can be found on the Luas website.

Irish Rail – A Sunday service will run on DART and Commuter routes with extra trains to and from the city centre before the parade. Tara street station will experience closures until 4pm on Saturday. Full details are available on the Irish Rail Website.

Bus Eireann – All running on a Sunday schedule except for Intercity Expressway services which run on their normal timetables on Saturday and Sunday. More info is available on the Bus Eireann Website.

What’s on this weekend in the city?

Wherever you are in Ireland this St. Patrick’s day, there is an abundance of things to do for all ages. Whether you are looking for some live music, family activities or just a spot to watch the match this weekend, you will be surrounded by a wealth of culture this weekend. HHere area few options for the days ahead:

Saturday: Dublin City Parade – Kicking off at 12pm, this year’s theme for the St. Patricks Day parade is ‘Home is Where the Heart is’.

Saturday 17th-19th: Dublin Bay Prawn Festival – Taking place in Howth Village, there will be lots of family fun, music, entertainment, activities and more.

Sunday: Festival Big Day Out – A free event for all ages kicks off at 12pm to 6pm in Merrion Square, Dublin 2, seeing it’s transformation into a day-long street carnival. If you enjoy music, theatre, aerial performances and Irish culture why not pop in and explore or spend the day taking in the atmosphere of the city.

Check out more events in the city on the St. Patrick’s Festival website.

Weather Warnings

As the tourists continue to arrive this evening ahead of the main day of the weekend, there is calmness in the air. Perhaps we are experiencing the calm before the storm once again? By no means is there a need for panic or to begin searching high and low for any kind of bread in your local supermarket! As of 12pm today, Met Éireann have issued a status yellow weather warning for 14 countries for what is expected to be a ‘wintery weekend’. This indicates the possibility of low-temperatures, snow-showers and snow-accumulation mainly Saturday night and Sunday. The counties under a status yellow warning include; Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow, Cavan and Monaghan.

Tips for Met Éireann Status Yellow warning

  1. We recommend travelling using public transport if you are going to the city. Road closures and parking will be limited for the public the majority of the day. Keep up to date with Dublin Bus here.
  2. Prepare your car for winter conditions. See our tips for winter driving here.
  3. Wear layers. Think hats, gloves, scarfs. If travelling with children bring extra layers and blankets, especially if you plan on being outdoors for much of the day.
  4. Keep up to date on Met Éireann weather warnings in case of increasing or decreasing weather warnings released over the course of the weekend.

In the unlikely event that weather warnings get updated to status red warnings to reach ‘Storm Emma’ levels, here is our blog on “Tips to protect your home from snow”.

If you require any of our emergency numbers over the St. Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend, please find all relevant numbers on our contact us page of our website.

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