Dry weather promised for a sporting weekend


The Irish Derby. The hurling Munster final. The World Cup final. Dublin’s Gay pride parade. Yes, it’s another very busy weekend and the good news from Met Eireann is that it will remain predominately dry if a little dull.

Dublin’s annual Gay pride parade takes place in Parnell square tomorrow. The Gardai expect over 6,000 people to take part in the event and city traffic will be restricted from lunchtime.

Traffic on the south bound side of O’Connell Street will be diverted via Gardiner Street. Inbound traffic along Pearce Street will be diverted down Tara Street and over Butt Bridge. Traffic on Dawson Street will also be diverted right along Nassau Street towards Westland Row.

Thousands of sporting fans are expecting to descend on Cork this weekend as champions Tipperary play Waterford in defence of their Munster crown. Pairc Ui Chaoimh is the venue on Sunday. Expect traffic delays before and after the game.

Also in Cork there’s a chance to see some of Europe’s finest golfers playing in the Murphy’s Irish Open.

Traffic will be diverted and delays can be expected on the N25 route. Iarnroid Eireann are providing extra services on the Cork to Cobh Line to Fota Island for the duration of the event.

The annual golfing event will take place between 27th and the 30th of June at Fota Island Golf Club in Carrigtwohil.

The Curragh celebrates the 137th running of the Irish Derby this year. The three day festival kicks off today with Derby Day itself on Sun 30th June.

The Gates will open at 10.30 a.m. to cater for those keen to watch live coverage of the World Cup final at 12pm. The first of eight races on Derby Day will get underway at 1.35 p.m, with the Budweiser Irish Derby off at 4pm.