St. Patrick’s Weekend Public Transport Updates

15/03/2019 - 18/03/2019

Important information to note for the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin on Sunday March 17th

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin starts at 12 noon on Sunday March 17th. The Festival Parade will come down the EAST side of O’Connell Street (Clerys side), O’Connell Bridge East and onto Westmoreland Street. These changes will affect how the general public get around the city. 

Diversions will be in place which may lengthen journey times, so it is advised to plan ahead. Access available via Rosie Hackett Bridge and Marlborough Street to O'Connell Street for public coming to view parade.  It is anticipated that viewing on O’Connell Bridge will be at capacity early. There will be directional street signage in place and An Garda Síochána and stewards will be there to assist. The Festival Parade route is extended and there is now viewing on Kevin Street.

Local residents and public using the Luas green line, terminating at Stephen’s Green should consider availing of this new viewing opportunity.  When the Festival parade finishes there will be diversions in place.  Please co-operate with An Garda Síochána, security and stewards. 

Where possible it is advised to use public transport.

 

Transport for Ireland is committed to ensuring your journey is as seamless as possible for the St. Patrick’s Festival. 

Read the transport options to see how you can plan your journey.

Check out updates over St. Patrick’s Weekend for Galway, Cork and Limerick here.

Information on access for patrons with special needs to the St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 is available to view here.

Transport Information

  • Bus

    Dublin Bus

    Dublin Bus is proud to support St. Patrick’s Festival 2019. As well as regular services, additional buses will operate along the main bus corridors to bring festival-goers to and from the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade on Sunday, March 17th. In order to facilitate the parade route in the city centre and various local parades around the capital, a number of diversions will be in place on Sunday, March 17th.
    A full Nitelink service will operate on Friday 15th March, Saturday 16th March and Sunday 17th March. A Sunday service will operate on Monday 18th March.
    And to mark St. Patrick’s Day this year, the head office on O’Connell Street will once again go green for the event.

    For full details on Dublin Bus diversions around St. Patrick’s Festival click here.

    Bus Éireann

    Bus Éireann will operate a comprehensive timetable of services on all local, commuter and intercity Expressway routes over the St. Patrick’s Festival weekend. Our services will connect you with the festivities in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway along with the other local celebrations across the country.
    For those heading to the capital, Bus Éireann provides a nationwide coach network, which links the major towns and cities throughout Ireland while also providing a high-frequency service to the commuter towns in the greater Dublin area. Full details of alterations to services are available to view here.

    Go-Ahead Ireland

    Go-Ahead Ireland will have service diversions on Sunday 17th and a Sunday service will run on Monday 18th.  Full details of these diversions are available on the Go-Ahead Ireland website here.

    The following services will be cancelled for Route 139 (operated by JJ Kavanagh) on Sunday March 17th:

    • Route 139 Blanchardstown to Naas direction: 11am / 1pm / 3pm (departure times from Blanchardstown – cancellation is for full route)
    • Route 139 Naas to Blanchardstown direction: 11am / 1pm / 3pm (departure times from Naas – cancellation is for full route)

    For all other operators please visit their website for more information.

  • Tram

    Luas

    Luas services will run as normal during the festival apart from some restrictions to accommodate the parade on St Patrick’s Day.

    On Sunday 17th March:

    • Green Line trams will only serve Brides Glen / Sandyford – St. Stephen’s Green from first trams to approx. 6.00pm
    • Green Line trams will only serve Broombridge – Dominick from first trams to approx. 6.00pm
    • Red Line trams will only serve Saggart / Tallaght – Smithfield only from approx. 10.45am to 3.00pm

    See the Luas website for more details.

  • Rail

    Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

    Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail provide passenger rail services, national and regionally across Ireland. In the Dublin area Iarnród Éireann provide DART and commuter services linking the ever expanding Greater Dublin Area with Dublin City Centre. Intercity services link Dublin with all major urban centres nationwide. Enhanced services will operate where necessary to facilitate easy access to key events during the festival, full details are available on www.irishrail.ie

    Check out the Irish Rail timetable for 18th March 2019 here.

  • By Taxi

    The NTA is unable to guarantee that taxis are available on specific days as drivers are self-employed. Public Transport, including taxis, are detailed on the Journey Planner when passengers are planning their journey. 

    Check out the Driver Check App for information on drivers.

    Please note the following road closures and traffic restrictions in relation to the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.

    • Custom House Quay

    A full road closure will be in place from 19:00 15th March 2019 until 06:00 19th March 2019.

    • Wood Quay

    No coach parking is permitted on Wood Quay, east of Fishamble Street or on Essex Quay. Please pick-up/ set-down passengers west of the junction of Fishamble Street/ Wood Quay.

    Check out the map for Wood Quay here.

    There will be more road closures in the Fingal area to facilitate the St. Patrick’s Day Parades on Sunday 17th March 2019:

    Locations:

     

    Road Closures:

    • Swords 

    – 09:30 – 15:00 

    • Blanchardstown 

    – Castleknock Road 12:00 – 16:00

    – Snugborough Road 14:00 – 16:00

    – Blanchardstown Main Street 14:00 – 16:00

    – West End / Town Centre 14:00 – 16:00

    • Balbriggan 

    – 13:00 – 16:00

    Lost Property  

    Taxi Drivers must return all lost property to the local Garda Station. There are five designated Garda Stations in Dublin:

    • Finglas 01 6667500
    • Irishtown  01 6669600
    • Shankill  01 6665900
    • Store St 01 6666800
    • Tallaght  01 6666000

    Outside of Dublin, Taxi Drivers must drop off lost property at the nearest Garda Station.

    Making A Complaint

    There are five categories in which a complaint can be dealt with by National Transport Authority.

    1. The condition, cleanliness of the vehicle;
    2. The conduct, behaviour and identification of an SPSV driver;
    3. Overcharging and other matters relating to fares;
    4. The hiring and booking of the SPSV; and
    5. Identification and general appearance of the SPSV.

    If the matter to which your complaint relates is of a criminal nature or you have witnessed a road traffic offence you should contact An Gardaí Síochána.

    Make a complaint here.

  • By Car

    Please note the following road closures and traffic restrictions in relation to the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.

    • Custom House Quay

    A full road closure will be in place from 19:00 15th March 2019 until 06:00 19th March 2019.

    • Wood Quay

    No coach parking is permitted on Wood Quay, east of Fishamble Street or on Essex Quay. Please pick-up/ set-down passengers west of the junction of Fishamble Street/ Wood Quay.

    Check out the map for Wood Quay here.

    There will be more road closures in the Fingal area to facilitate the St. Patrick’s Day Parades on Sunday 17th March 2019:

    Locations:

     

    Road Closures:

    • Swords 

    – 09:30 – 15:00 

    • Blanchardstown 

    – Castleknock Road 12:00 – 16:00

    – Snugborough Road 14:00 – 16:00

    – Blanchardstown Main Street 14:00 – 16:00

    – West End / Town Centre 14:00 – 16:00

    • Balbriggan 

    – 13:00 – 16:00

  • Walking & Cycling