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Limerick City St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend 2024

An Garda Siochána is anticipating large crowds in attendance at two events in Limerick City this St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend.

The city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will commence on O’Connell Avenue at 12 midday on Sunday, 17th March 2024 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which commences on O’Connell Avenue at 12pm.

The International Band Championship parade is due to be held on the streets of Limerick City on Monday, 18th March 2024. Parading bands will start at the junction of Harstonge St and The Crescent from 11:45am.

An Garda Síochana is advising those attending both events to:

  • Pick an area along the route to view the parade ahead of time
  • Arrive early
  • Plan the journey into the city in advance
  • Use public transport or Park and Ride facilities where possible
  • Keep children under close supervision to avoid being accidentally separated in the crowd
  • Pack sensibly and mind personal belongings
  • Follow the instructions of Gardaí and Stewards

To allow for both parades there will be road closures and traffic restrictions in place across the city centre from early morning on Sunday, 17th March 2024 and again on Monday morning, 18th March 2024. These closures and restrictions will be managed by Gardaí on a staggered basis depending on location.

Parking will not be permitted along the parade route between 4am and 4pm. Cars parked along it will be towed. Parking in any green areas in the city is also not allowed.

Full details of closures and restrictions can be found on the Garda webpage here:

An Garda Síochána is advising motorists and those that must commute into or through the city on Sunday and Monday to:

  • Plan the journey in advance
  • Follow all road signage
  • Adhere to the instructions of Gardaí and Stewards
  • If parking, park and lock your car in secure place where it is legal to do so and does not block access
  • Expect delays to bus services operating in and out of the city during the parade.

An Garda Síochána generally advise those heading out to socialise this St. Patrick’s weekend to:

  • Plan the night out - tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back
  • Carefully mind personal belongings particularly in crowded areas or premises
  • Drink alcohol responsibly
  • Never drive under the influence of an intoxicant (alcohol or drugs) and be mindful of driving the morning after
  • Don’t let any friend or family member walk home alone - there is safety in numbers
  • If you must walk home only walk in well lit, populated areas and where you can be seen by traffic.

The following map displays the full route for the St Patrick's Day Parade:

Limerick Parade Route (1)Limerick Parade Route (2)