One thing for sure this month is that there is an event for every member of the family.
The 80th National Ploughing Championships:
About 180,000 people will flock to Cardenton, Athy in Co. Kildare to celebrate the 80th National Ploughing Championships which takes place from Tuesday 20th until Thursday 22nd September.
For those opting to drive to the championships, delays are likely on the N78 Kilkenny/Athy Rd, on the M8 Dublin/Cork Rd and on the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd. Car parks will be available on the main approach routes.
Bus Éireann will operate services to Athy. Irish Rail will also operate services to Portarlington, Kildare and Athy and a shuttle bus will bring passengers to the Ploughing site.
The final big music festival of the summer will see Electric Picnic returning to Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th September. Up to 45,000 people are expected to attend.
As usual, most traffic can be expected on Friday afternoon and particularly on the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd around Junction 17 for Portlaoise (Centre) and on the M8 Dublin/Cork Rd around Junction 4 for Urlingford.
Bus Éireann will provide a bus service to Electric Picnic from Custom House Quay in Dublin on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and buses will return to the city centre on Monday.
The nearest train station is Portlaoise station and shuttle buses will operate from the train station to the festival site.
There is no official closing time for the campsite on Monday. Therefore, motorists are in no hurry to get on the road on Monday. Be sure it’s safe to drive before you set off on your journey home.
AA Roadwatch Team Leader Aoife Carragher has this advice “Don’t rush to leave as soon as the last act is finished – thousands will do the same so you will only end-up sitting in endless queues in the car park. Check traffic before you go – you can get live traffic reports on your mobile from AA Roadwatch by calling 1550 22 22 11. You’re unlikely to have slept much during the weekend so special care is required on the way home and of course never ever drink and drive”.
Tour de Picnic:
This year we also see the return of the Tour de Picnic where a group of 1,000 cyclists will be travelling to Electric Picnic departing Dublin at 10am on Friday and passing through Blessington, Kilcullen, and Athy.
Have your running shoes at the ready for the Ironman Triathlon taking place around Co. Galway on Sunday 4th. Approximately 2,500 participants will complete a 90K bike ride on the N59 Clifden Rd, a 26K run from Galway City to the promenade in Salthill and a swim in Galway Bay. Road closures will be in place around Barna, Galway City, Moycullen, Oughterard and Knocknacarra and delays are expected.
All Ireland Hurling and Football Championships:
September will bring us the conclusion to the All Ireland Hurling and Football Championships. The hurling final will take place in Croke Park on Sunday 4th and the football final takes place on Sunday 18th. The usual match day restrictions will apply and crowds of up to 80,000 people are expected each Sunday.
Michael Jackson fans will be moon-walking to the Grand Canal Theatre for Thriller Live which will run from Monday 19th until Saturday 24th September.
The show will take place at 7:30pm from Monday to Thursday, at 5pm and 8:30pm on Friday and at 2:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturday. As a result expect some delays along Macken St and on Samuel Beckett Bridge.
All in all, a busy month ahead and plenty to look forward to!