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Busy weekend of travel ahead

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

Motorists are being urged to be cautious on the roads this St Patrick’s Day weekend, as traffic is expected to be heavy with many road closures on Friday.

With an increase in the amount of motorists on long journeys expected, the AA is advising motorists to allow additional travel time. Routes, particularly those through city centres, will be affected by parades.

“Long weekends can be particularly dangerous because many people deviate from their normal driving behaviour or route.

“Fatigue from long journeys, speeding and people opting not to wear their seat belt all become more likely, and we usually see a noticeable increase in the number of drink-driving related offences,” AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan stated.

“We’d urge motorists to slow down, stop and take breaks where necessary if driving long distances, and most importantly to stay safe on our roads.”

With an increase in car breakdowns expected over the weekend, in part due to the number of people undertaking longer journeys, AA Rescue will also be deploying additional resources.

For a full list of the routes affected by St Patrick’s Day events see the AA Roadwatch event guide.

30,000 passengers

Cork Airport is preparing for a busy bank holiday and almost 30,000 passengers are expected to fly through Cork Airport between Thursday and Sunday.

Those arriving on St Patrick’s Day will be treated to a traditional Irish music session in the airport terminal as The Trad Lads take to the stage.

Cork Airport will also be going green again this year, joining famous landmarks and buildings as part of this year’s Tourism Ireland initiative including Eiffel Tower, Burj Al Arab and Las Vegas’ famous ‘Welcome’ sign.

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