The annual Dublin Marathon will take place on Sunday 27th October around Dublin City. Over 20,000 runners from 50 different countries will take part, leaving Merrion Square at 9am.
We have all the details you need to know regarding road closures and restrictions in place throughout the weekend. Don’t forget, there is always live traffic news on the AA Roadwatch website and the AA app.
Marathon Road Closures
1. City Center
To facilitate the event, a number of road closures will be in place from Fri 25th to Mon 28th Oct. From 7:30pm Friday to 4pm Monday, Merrion Square North will close. From 6am Saturday to 8pm Sunday, Merrion Square South will close.
On Sunday, the following city centre routes will be closed:
3:30am to 11am
Fitzwilliam Square West, Kildare St, Merrion Row, Cumberland Rd and Lad Lane,
3:30am to midday
Herbert St, Herbert Lane, Herbert Place, Clanwilliam Place, Warrington Place, Baggot St Lwr
3:30am to 1pm
Fitzwilliam Square North, South and East, Fitzwilliam Place, and Fitzwilliam Street Upr
3:30am to 5pm
Fitzwilliam Lane, Verchoyle Place, Grattan St, Grattan Court, Hagan’s Court, Wilson’s Place, Grant’s Row, Pembroke Row and Power’s Court
3:30am to 5:30pm
Merrion St Upr
3:30am to 6:30pm
3:30am to 7:30pm
Merrion Square West and East, Fitzwilliam Street Lwr, Mount St Lwr and Upr, Stephen’s Place, James St East and Stephen’s Lane
3:30am to 9pm
4am to 11am
Pembroke St Lwr
7:45am to 10:15am
Leeson St Lwr
8:15am to 10:15am
St. Stephen’s Green South, Cuffe St, Kevin St Lwr and Upr, Patrick St, Nicholas St. High St, Bridge St and Usher’s Quay
2. North Dublin City
8:15am to 12:45pm
Blackhall Place, Stoneybatter, Manor St, Aughrim St
8:15am to 1pm
8:15am to 2pm
North Circular Rd
8:30am to 2:45pm
St Laurence Rd and Sarsfield Rd
8:45am to 4:45pm
Castleknock Rd, College Rd, Tower Rd, Inchicore Rd, Templeogue Rd and Roebuck Rd.
3. South Dublin City
8:45am to 1:30pm
8:45am to 1:45pm
South Circular Rd and Walkinstown Rd
8:30am to 2pm
8:45am to 3:30pm
Orwell Rd, Orwell Park
9am to 2:30pm
9am to 2:45pm
Kimmage Rd West
9:15am to 2:30pm
9:15am to 2:45pm
Terenure Rd East
9:30am to 3:15pm
9:30am to 4pm
9:35am to 3:15pm
9:45am to 4:55pm
9:45am to 6:45pm
Additional Road Closures
Routes through the Phoenix Park will close at the following times: North Rd, Spa Rd, Cabra Gate and NCR Gate (7:55am to 11am); Chesterfield Ave (6:40am to 11am); Survey Ave, Knockmaroon Rd, Upr Glen Rd and Acres Rd (8:25am to 12:20pm); and Castleknock Gate (8:10am to 11:35am).
Traffic on Finglas Rd and Ballymun Rd travelling into the city centre will be diverted via Whitworth Rd, Dorset St and Gardiner St.
Traffic heading in via the Rock Rd/Merrion Rd will be diverted at the Merrion Gates via Strand Rd, Ringsend Rd and Pearse St.
Traffic diversions will vary as the race proceeds. Pedestrian access will be maintained.
How Do I Get Into The City?
If coming into the city from the west, the Chapelizod Bypass will remain open. Traffic coming from the south of the city will have to take the Stillorgan Rd as far as the canal, or the Rock Rd/Strand Rd followed by Pearse St. The majority of routes heading in from the northside will be unaffected, including the Swords Rd, Phibsborough Rd and Malahide Rd.
Allow extra time for any journey into the city.
Dublin Bus & Go Ahead
Diversions will be in place for a significant number of Dublin Bus routes as closures and restrictions are implemented, with no Nitelink services either. Full details of affected routes are available on the Dublin Bus website. Go Ahead’s 17, 18 and 175 routes will also be diverted.
Extra trains will run into Dublin City to from Drogheda, Maynooth and Howth on Sunday morning (27th) ahead of the event.
Bear in mind that due to engineering works, there will be partial bus transfers on most Irish Rail lines serving Heuston Station on Saturday (26th) and Sunday (27th). The DART line will also be closed between Dun Laoghaire and Connolly Station and between Bray and Greystones.
A normal frequency will operate all weekend except on Monday, when a Sunday service will be in place. Luas passengers should also expect some delays at times on the Green and Red Lines due to the event. Full details of the Luas October Bank Holiday alterations can be found on their website.
Details of diversions and schedule changes are here.