By Elaine O’Sullivan
Electric Picnic celebrates its 10th birthday in style this weekend as the festival return to Stradbally in Co. Laois. The sold out event will see up to 35,000 music fans enjoy performances from Fatboy Slim and Bjork and campsite will open at 9am on Friday. The heaviest traffic can be expected on Friday afternoon and evening, and also on Monday morning. Any motorists not attending the event are advised to avoid the area and take an alternative route.
All car parks will be free of charge and will be clearly signposted. Camper van car parks are open and can be accessed via the Timahoe Rd (R426). Parking for day ticket holders (Sunday only) can use car park Z on the N80 Portlaoise Rd in car park Z. Patrons are advised to opt for public transport where possible as Bus Éireann, Marathon Travel and Kelly Travel are all operating services to/from Stradbally Estate for Electric Picnic.
Running shoes at the ready as it’s time to limber up for the Great Pink Run taking place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday at 10am. The event now in its third consists of a 10k race and a 5k fun run. Road and gate closure will be in place in the Phoenix Park from 9:30am until 1pm and delays are expected.
Then on Sunday, age old rivals Dublin and Kerry will battle it out for that much coveted place in the All Ireland Football Final in September. Before the senior action gets underway at 3:30pm, the final spot in the minor final will be decided as Roscommon take on Tyrone at 1:30pm. Stiles open at 12:30pm and a full Garda cordon will be in place from 11:30am in the vicinity of the stadium. Delays can be expected in Drumcondra and in the surrounding area.