The 39th edition of the Dublin Marathon will take place on Sunday 28th October 2018. The race will cover 26 miles of the capital’s roads, with over 20,000 runners from 50 different countries taking part. As always, it promises to be a great event, with the race itself getting underway at 9am.
If you’re a motorist, however, it’s probably best to avoid certain routes, especially in the city centre – and Merrion Square in particular. A number of road closures and restrictions will in place throughout the weekend and most on the day itself.
So whether you live in affected areas, or are planning to pass through, all the details you need on the marathon route and road closures are listed below. And don’t forget that you can keep right up to date during the weekend with the AA Roadwatch website and the AA app. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
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The race begins on Fitzwilliam St Upr, with runners heading along Fitzwilliam Place, Leeson St Lwr, St Stephen’s Green South, Cuffe St, Kevin St, Patrick St, Nicholas St, High St, Bridge St, Usher’s Quay, Blackhall Place, Stoneybatter, Manor St, Aughrim St, North Circular Rd, North Rd, Spa Rd, Lord’s Walk, Chesterfield Ave, Castleknock Rd, College Rd, Tower Rd, Knockmaroon Rd, Glen Rd Upr, Chapelizod Rd, Chapelizod Bridge, St Laurence Rd, Sarsfield Rd, Inchicore Rd, South Circular Rd, Dolphin’s Barn, Crumlin Rd, Drimnagh Rd, Walkinstown Rd, Cromwellsfort Rd, Kimmage Rd West, Fortfield Rd, Templeogue Rd, Terenure Rd East, Orwell Rd, Orwell Park, Dartry Rd, Milltown Rd, Clonskeagh Rd, Roebuck Rd, Fosters Ave, Stillorgan Rd, UCD Flyover, Nutley Lane, Merrion Rd, Northumberland Rd and Mount St Lwr, before finishing on Merrion Square North.
A number of road closures will in place throughout the city. The majority will be on Sunday, however some will be in place from Friday 26th and continue until Monday 29th. Full details are listed below:
Merrion Square North will be closed from 7pm on Friday 26th until 6pm on Monday 29th. Merrion Square South will be closed from 6am on Saturday 27th until 8pm on Sunday 28th.
The following routes will be closed on Sunday 28th:
4am to 11am
Fitzwilliam Square West, Kildare St, Merrion Row, Pembroke St Lwr, Cumberland Rd and Lad Lane
4am to midday
Baggot St Lwr, Herbert St, Herbert Lane, Herbert Place, Clanwilliam Place, Warrington Place, Warrington Lane
4am to 1pm
Fitzwilliam St Upr, North, South and East
4am to 5pm
Verschoyle Place, Grattan St and Court, Wilson’s Place, Grant’s Row, Powers Court, Hagan’s Court, Pembroke Row
4am to 5:30pm
Merrion St Upr, Mount St Upr
4am to 6:30pm
4am to 7:30pm
Merrion Square East and West, Merrion St Lwr, Fitzwilliam St Lwr, Stephen’s Place and Lane, James’s St East
4am to 9pm
8:30am to 10am
St. Stephen’s Green South, Cuffe St, Kevin St Upr and Lwr, Patrick St, Nicholas St and High St
8:30am to 10:15am
Bridge St, Usher’s Quay
8:45am to 10:15am
Blackhall Place, Stoneybatter, Manor St
8:45am to 10:20am
8:45am to 10:50am
North Circular Rd and Chapelizod Rd
9am to 1:30pm
8:45am to 12:15pm
St. Laurence Rd
8:45am to 12:30pm
9:15am to 1pm
9:15am to 1:45pm
9:15am to 1:30pm
9:15am to 2:55pm
Orwell Rd and Orwell Park
9:30am to 2pm
9:30am to 2:15pm
Cromwellsfort Rd and Kimmage Rd West
9:45am to 2:20pm
Terenure Rd East
9:45am to 2:45am
Dartry Rd and Milltown Rd
10am to 3:35pm
10am to 3:50pm
10:15am to 3:55pm
10am to 4:30pm
Between 8:55am to 4:45pm, rolling road closures will also be in place on Castleknock Rd, College Rd, Tower Rd, Knockamroon Rd, Inchicore Rd, Drimnagh Rd, Templeogue Rd and Roebuck Rd.
Closures will also take place along the route in the Phoenix Park including on North Rd and Spa Rd, 8:15am to 11:10am, Chesterfield Rd 7am to 11:10am, Survey Rd, Knockmaroon Rd, Upper Glen Rd and Acres Rd 8:45am to 12:30pm. The following gates will also be closed: NCR Gate, 8:15am to 11:10am, Cabra Gate, 8:15am to 11:15am, Ashtown Gate, 8:30am to 11:15am with left turn only on entry after 11:15am and Castleknock Gate, 8:30am to 11:45am.
There will be a normal frequency all weekend except on Monday, when a Sunday service will operate.
On Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the Red Line will be closed between Belgard and Saggart, so it will operate between The Point and Tallaght only. A replacement bus service will be used.
The following routes will be diverted on Sunday, from first bus until the roads are reopened: 4, 7, 7a, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 15A, 15B, 16, 17, 18, 25, 25A, 25B, 26, 27, 37, 38, 38A, 39, 39A, 40, 44, 46A, 47, 49, 54A, 56A, 61, 65, 65B, 66, 66A, 67, 68, 69, 70, 77A, 79, 79A, 83, 122, 123, 145, 150, 151, 747, 757.
The following routes will also be diverted from 7pm Friday until last bus on Saturday, and on Monday from first bus to 6pm: 4, 7, 7A, 25, 25A, 25B, 66, 66A, 67.
Full details are on the Dublin Bus website.
No direct impact but keep in mind that on Sunday the line will be closed between Connolly and Dun Laoghaire, and between Bray and Greystones. Further details here.
There will be a number of diversions and schedule changes across the weekend as a result of the marathon. The following routes will be affected: 2, 100X, NX, 4, X8, X12, 20, 22, 23, 115, 120, 126 133. Full details here.