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Traffic advice for Mayo fans heading to Thurles

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HOME OF HURLING Fans arrive at Semple Stadium in Thurles prior to the Munster Hurling Championship clash between Tipperary and Clare earlier this month. Local gardaí are advising Mayo fans to arrive for tomorrow's Qualifer clash with Tipperary in good time and use car-parks on approach roads. Pic: Sportsfile

Mayo fans travelling to Thurles for tomorrow’s (Saturday) All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2 clash between Mayo and Tipperary in Semple Stadium have been given advice by local gardaí ahead of the game.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy issued a statement outlining traffic advice this afternoon. Large numbers of Mayo fans are expected to travel and outnumber the home support.
“I want to appeal to all patrons attending these matches to be patient and allow sufficient time for their journey and to be guided by Gardai on Traffic Duty. I especially want to make the following appeal to all patrons attending the game – if you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum delay after the matches,” he said.
He asked Mayo fans to note the following traffic arrangements and urged fans to avail of parking in car parks on the approach roads to the ground:
“Double yellow lines are in place around Kennedy Park to allow for access for emergency vehicles. Please ensure you obey these parking restrictions and do not park on same; Match traffic is not permitted to park on footpaths in the vicinity of Semple Stadium. Parking tickets will be issued to vehicles parked on footpaths.
“Car parks will be available on all approach routes and we urge that they be used by all patrons on their particular route thus avoiding unnecessary delays after the match,” he said.
He said the area in the immediate vicinity of the ground will be kept free of vehicles and controlled by Garda barriers. The housing estates at the rear of Semple Stadium form an emergency route from the Stadium and any vehicles not belonging to residents will be towed, without exception, he warned.
“Please do not abandon cars on the main routes. Keep driving until you meet Gardai on duty at relevant car parks. If you must park on the road ensure your car is turned for home, this is to ensure the minimum of delay after the matches.
“A traffic diversion programme will be in place within Thurles and all motorists are asked to be patient during its operation. Every effort will be made to ensure that motorists can transgress the town with a minimum of delay,” he added.
Supt Murphy also appraised Mayo fans of the routes they can travel to get to Thurles.
They are: Via Limerick travel the M7 to Nenagh and the R498 via Borrisoleigh and the Ragg to Thurles; Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the M8 to Exit 6 for Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles; Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the N74 to Cashel, the R639 (Old N 8) to Horse & Jockey and the N62 to Thurles; Via Limerick, travel the N24 to Tipperary, the R661 to Dundrum, the R661 to Holycross and either the R659 or R661 to Thurles.
Via Portumna travel the N65 to Borrisokane, the N52 to Nenagh and the R498 via Borrisoleigh and the Ragg to Thurles; Via Birr travel the N62 through Roscrea and Templemore and into Thurles.
He said anyone in possession of passes (GAA passes and invalid) should display them in a prominent place on their vehicle and follow the Garda directions en route. These passes are not parking permits but allow free movement subject to Garda discretion and traffic control, he added.
He warned fans that illegally parked vehicles will be towed away to the Garda Compound and will not be released until a fine of €125 is paid. A prosecution could also follow, he added.
He appealed to all motorists to ‘secure and lock their vehicles, leave no valuables on display, park in supervised car parks, with regard to pick pockets beware of your wallet, money and ATM/Credit Cards. Leave your wallet at home if possible. Do not carry large sums of cash.”
He added that alcohol, claxton air horns and vuvuzelas will not be allowed into Semple Stadium.
The game throws in at 5pm and is also live on Sky Sports.

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