Almost 20,000 people are expected at Pairc Na Gael this Sunday PICTURE: DIARMUID GREENE/SPORTSFILE
GARDAI have warned that tickets will be issued to drivers who park illegally during Limerick’s Championship opener this Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds.
Around 20,000 people are set to travel to the northside venue for the Treatymen’s Munster Hurling Championship game against Tipperary, throw in 2pm.
Gardai have advised those attending to arrive in plenty of time to allow their cars to be parked legally and safely – also warning motors causing obstruction could be removed.
A spokesman for the force warned: “Cars illegally parked will be ticketed and those causing obstruction are likely to be towed away by Gardai. Patrons are advised to use the available parking or to consider walking to the stadium.”
Those attending the game are advised parking is available at LIT, Na Piarsaigh’s GAA grounds, and at various city centre car parks, with the Gaelic Grounds accessible by a 20 to 30 minute walk, or on bus services 302 and 343 from Dunnes Stores at Henry Street.
The area around the Gaelic Grounds will remain clear of vehicles to allow for patrons who are on foot approaching the stadium.
A number of road closures and diversions will be in place from 10.30am on Sunday.
These include the Ennis Road junction with Ivan’s Cross, with traffic diverted to the Northern Ring Road and towards Clonmacken.
Traffic at the Ennis Road junction with Union Cross will be diverted along the Shelbourne Road, while there will be diversions at the Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Drive , Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Upper and Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Upper and the LIT Roundabout (Merval Park).
Gardai are advising patrons from West Limerick to use the Tunnel if they intend to drive but to expect delays in the Clonmacken/Condell Road areas prior to and following the game.
The Limerick footballers will host Clare in the opening round of the Munster Senior Football Championship, throw in 7pm on Saturday night.