Mayo & Donegal Road Safety Officers come together to urge supporters to ‘Park Smart – Park Safe’ ahead of crunch GAA clash

Posted in Connect on August 1, 2019.

A huge turnout of more than 27,000 is expected on Saturday for the final Super 8 group game between Mayo and Donegal at Elvery’s MacHale Park, Castlebar, with an All Ireland Semi-Final place awaiting the winners.

But the contest has created significant health and safety concerns due to GAA fans parking on the hard shoulder of the N5 national primary route as it approaches Castlebar with concerns being raised of possible injuries, even death, as fans leave and return to their vehicles in the late evening. The game has a 6p.m. throw-in.

Gardai, the GAA and Mayo and Donegal County Councils are working together to deliver a message to all football fans ‘Park Smart – Park Safe’.

Parking by fans along the N5 is not recommended for health and safety reasons. There will be ample car parking for fans within the environs of Castlebar itself, (see map of Castlebar attached) and with supporters coming to town wearing hats and scarves of their County colours, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable day.

Not every motorist along the N5 on Saturday evening will realise there is a football match on and vehicles causing an obstruction or dangerously parked on Saturday evening will be towed away. Extra Gardai will be on duty to enforce the stricter parking policy for Saturday’s game.

Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons, says “We would advise all fans who are attending the game to avail of official car parking spaces which are available and highlighted on the map being circulated and if you’re walking, please make yourself visible to other road users“

Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council, Brian O’Donnell, added; “As there will be a large volume of traffic on the roads for the game, we urge everyone to take care and to ensure that their trip to this great sporting occasion does not end in tragedy. Please take the message seriously about safe parking and avail of the car parking available in Castlebar and we wish everyone a safe journey to and from the game.”

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