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Big windfall expected for Dublin game


CAR PARKS?A map of the car parks in Castlebar which will be open for match traffic for this Saturday night’s Mayo v Dublin National Football League clash.

Edwin McGreal

With a crowd of over 15,000 expected for the Mayo v Dublin National Football League clash this Saturday night in MacHale Park, the game is expected to have a big windfall for Castlebar and Westport.
Hotel rooms are virtually booked out in Westport and Castlebar while pubs and restaurants in both towns are expecting a very busy weekend.
“The game has a very positive impact on business, particularly with crowds of this magnitude,” Joe O’Malley, Chairperson of tourism business network Destination Westport told The Mayo News.
“Generally if we have teams down playing in Castlebar from Northern Ireland, Dublin or Kerry or Cork, there is a good spin off for us,” he added.
The Mayo v Dublin game is usually the biggest home game in the NFL for Mayo and with the game being played on Saturday nights under lights, the amount of Dublin supporters wishing to stay over has increased substantially.
With a large crowd expected, Gardaí, in conjunction with Mayo GAA, have put in place a traffic management plan.
Part of this includes a request from gardaí that supporters attending the game do not park on the N5, east of Mulroy’s roundabout.

‘Highly dangerous’
“People parked there last year and it was highly dangerous. There are no lights out there and you have people walking along a road in complete darkness where the speed limit is 100kmh,” Superintendent Joe McKenna told The Mayo News.
Gardaí will be patroling the road and warning people not to park there and avail of car parks in the town.
Supt McKenna said the following car parks will be open: Pavilion Road, Castlebar Swimming Pool, Mayo County Council, Castle Street, Elverys Warehouse, N5 Business Park, Davitt College, Baxter, Spencer Street, Davitt House, Hobans, Mayo Leisure Point and Castlebar Retail Park.
He advised that some of the private car parks listed may charge a fee but council car parks will be free of charge.
“All these car parks are within a 15 minute walk of the ground so we are asking people to use these facilities and to follow directions given by gardaí on the evening,” he said.
“We would advise people to give themselves a bit more time when coming to the game. There will be delays after the game with such a large crowd of people leaving at once,” added Supt McKenna.