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Garda Confidential No.: 1 800 666 111

St Patricks Festival 2017

General Traffic Information

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General Traffic Information

Gardaí will be on duty directing traffic and working to facilitate motorists and people travelling to parades and other events around the country. These events are all fun family events and your co-operation with organisers and Gardai will help to make them safe fun events for all.

• Use Public Transport where possible
• Never drink and Drive
• Never get into a car with a driver who was drinking
• If drinking allow adequate time before driving again see
The definition of standard drink and the length of time it takes the body to eliminate it is available here.

In Dublin the city centre will be closed to traffic from early morning and people are asked to use public transport where possible. Full details of road closures and the parade route are available on

Spectators at the parade are advised to pick a spot to view the parade and endeavour to remain at that spot and avoid crossing the parade route. Where crossing the route is of absolute necessity, people will be facilitated at identified crossing points which will be controlled by Gardaí. People are asked to work with Gardaí who are giving directions along the parade route in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable day.

Patrons are reminded that our public transport partners - Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, LUAS, DART , Commuter Rail , Taxis & Coach providers should be used to access Dublin City Centre.

* Members of the public & visitors to Dublin city are reminded that it is illegal to consume alcohol on the streets and Gardai on duty will be taking a zero tolerance to on-street & underage drinking. Events in the city centre during the St. Patricks festival are family oriented and not to be spoilt by the actions of  those who wish to ignore this advice.

Personal Safety

St. Patrick’s Festival should be an enjoyable and fun day for everyone. Unfortunately, a small minority might see it as an opportunity to commit crime. Gardaí would ask people to limit those opportunities by taking some simple steps to protect themselves and their property.

·        People should be conscious of their personal safety and belongings in large crowds

·        Keep a close eye on children and make sure they don’t wander off

·        Do not display obvious valuables on your person

·        Be aware of pick pockets and take heed of those standing around you

·        Park your car in a well lit area and ensure it is locked and secure

·        Do not leave valuables on display in parked cars

·        Consume alcohol responsibly and observe by-laws about the non-consumption of alcohol in public places

St Patrick's Day Festival and Parade - Temple Bar 

Again this year, An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council are implementing a number of additional safety measures on Saint Patricks Day in the Temple bar area. These measures will include barrier controls at access and egress points for both pedestrian and vehicles, strict enforcement of illegal drinking in public areas. There will be an enhanced Garda presence on the streets in and around the Temple Bar area from early morning until late. These measures are being introduced to enhance and improve the experience of visitors, residents and businesses from both a safety and enjoyment point of view.

During the course of Thursday 17th March, vehicular traffic will be kept out of Temple bar other that requiring access to Fleet Street Car Park.

If you see a crime being committed, please notify Gardaí immediately.