Gardai reveal ‘bumper weekend’ traffic plans

This weekend promises to be a bumper weekend in Roscommon, with multiple football matches followed by two days of racing, including Ladies Day in Lenebane on Monday. The weekend of sport begins on Saturday at 3 pm in Hyde Park when Roscommon take on Kildare. On Sunday at 12.10 pm, Roscommon take on Galway in the Connacht minor football final, while the senior game between Galway and Sligo takes place at 2 pm. Evening race meetings take place at Roscommon Racecourse on both Monday and Tuesday evening. The first race on Monday is at 5.40 pm, while Tuesday is Ladies Day at the course.  Gardaí in Roscommon have this week revealed details of traffic plans for Sunday’s Connacht Final in Hyde Park. Patrons are also advised that they will not be allowed to bring alcohol into Hyde Park on Sunday. Incoming Sligo and north Roscommon traffic on the N61 (Boyle Road) may be diverted at Cooltigue Cross, three miles from Roscommon. The diversion will bring them onto the N63 (Lanesboro Road). Patrons are asked to park tail to kerb at Lanesboro Road. On the journey home, these patrons will be asked to return home on the Lanesboro Road to Ballyleague, where they will turn left, go to Scramogue and and join the N5. In the event of these diversions being put in place, the roads in question will be well signposted.  Traffic approaching from the Galway direction will come into Roscommon on the N63. After the match there is a possibility that some traffic may be diverted on to the R366 through Creggs. South Roscommon motorists entering the town on the Curraghboy road, the R362, are asked to park around the Golf Club and the Sacred Heart Hospital. In the town, parking on Sunday will be on a first come, first served basis. The garda spokesperson advised people not to leave any visible property in their vehicles, to lock any property in the boot and to ensure that all cars are locked.  A warning was also issued in relation to alcohol. Patrons will not be allowed to bring any alcohol into the pitch. Any alcohol will be taken from patrons as they enter the ground.