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WITH so many events and celebrations happening in and around Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day, the GAA has wanted to help you plan your trip to Croke Park for the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Finals on Friday by providing the following information:

Turnstiles will open at 2pm, an hour before the throw-in of the Ballyea-Cuala match.

Road Closures & parking restrictions on Friday:

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place across the city – traffic diversions and road closures will also be in place – the  very latest information is available at

An Garda Síochána will have local road closures in place around the stadium from 12.30 pm onwards, which will severely restrict vehicle access around the main routes into the stadium.

 Croke Park is situated in a residential area that has limited on street parking and all parking restrictions on local streets will be strictly enforced by Dublin Street Parking Services and An Garda Síochána on St. Patrick's Day.

What’s the quickest way to Croke Park on Friday?

All public transport options bring you within a 15-minute walk of the stadium – with mostroutes leaving you just minutes’ walk from Croke Park. So, the fastest way to navigate your way around Dublin this St. Patrick’s Day is to use public transport – you won’t have to worry about where you are going to find parking or being stuck in traffic congestion and as the authorities will be continuing their policy of responsible parking on event/match days, there’s no risk of risk spoiling a great day out!

Irish Rail:

If your train service leaves you at Heuston station, the main route to Croke Park Stadium is the Luas Red line. However, there are also restrictions on this line for St Patricks Day celebrations, as you’ll see below. If you would like any more information in relation to special train services from Irish Rail, please contact as they may have options for supporters coming up to Dublin for the club finals.


There will be some disruption to Luas Red Line services on St. Patrick’s Day to accommodate the Dublin Parade. The Red line will stop operating from/to Abbey/O’Connell junction at approx. 10:45. All trams will turn at Smithfield and there won’t be a service between the Point and Smithfield. This means that the last tram to the Point will be at approx. 10:38. Post parade, the line is expected to be reopened by 14:30. Park-and-ride facilities are located at Citywest Luas, Red Cow Collins Barracks & Carrickmines Luas stops.

Dublin Bus:

Dublin Bus offers a high-frequency, accessible and easy to use service from all over Dublin. Many services bring you close to Croke Park and others will get you to the city centre from where the stadium is a 15-minute walk. Bus Routes that serve Croke Park 1, 7, 11, 13, 14, 16, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31/a, 31b, 32, 33, 40, 40b, 40d, 41, 41b, 41c, 42, 43, 44, 53, 123, 13. Please remember a Sunday service will operate on Friday 17th March and there will be diversions in place.

Match Day Parking:

We advise anyone travelling to Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day to use public transport wherever possible. For those who require parking close to the stadium, there are several options available along with city centre carparks and various park-and-ride facilities located further away at Citywest Red Cow, Collins Barracks & Carrickmines Luas stops.

Local Car Parks:

Clonliffe College Car Park is situated 5 minutes from Croke Park Stadium. The car park has 2,000 spaces which include 100 disabled spaces and is accessible via Drumcondra Road Lower.

O’Connell Schools’ Supervised Car Park, North Circular Road, holds 300 cars and is open for 2 hours before all events and 1 hour after events.

City Centre Parking:

Park Rite Car Parks - All day parking on event days is available at Park Rite locations across the city centre.

Q-Park Clery’s car park on Marlborough Street offers a special parking on Match-Days. The Match-Day offer is for GAA matches only and does not cover concerts or other events in Croke Park.

Mater Hospital Car Park at Eccles Street, Dublin 7 provides match rates by pre-booking.


Coach Parking:

Coach drivers please note: It is not possible for coaches to drop off/pick up passengers on any of the main arterial routes around the stadium and this is strictly enforced by the Garda Traffic Corps on event days. Please liaise with the National Transport Authority and An Garda Síochána for coach parking.




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