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Traffic Management Measures announced for the visit of President Joe Biden to Mayo

Date: 12-04-2023

US President Biden will arrive in County Mayo at Ireland West Airport from Dublin Airport on the afternoon of April 14.

Ireland West Airport will operate as normal at all times, but those travelling to and from the airport on the afternoon of April 14 should allow additional time due to possible temporary road closures.

For security reasons the following traffic management measures will be in place:


During the visit of the President of the United States Joseph R Biden to Mayo traffic diversions will be in place on the Westport side of Castlebar Town from 1200hrs (midday) to 1700hrs (5pm).

These will include partial closures of the Westport Road into Castlebar Lannagh Road, Old Westport Road from Lanagh Road to the main entrance to Mayo University Hospital Humbert Way to Cathal Duffys Roundabout Diversions will be in place. Traffic delays are likely.

  • Access to Mayo University Hospital will be affected by traffic diversions and this will reduce car park availability. Any persons attending appointments this afternoon should arrive early.
  • Access onto the Westport Road in Castlebar will be restricted for a period of time. Diversions will be in place.
  • Any traffic particularly large vehicles travelling to or from Westport area via Castlebar should divert through either Newport or Ballinrobe.

From approximately 1230hrs (1230pm) to 1500hrs (3pm) temporary traffic restrictions may occur on the N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris. Diversions will be in place during any traffic restrictions

From approximately 1330hrs (1.30pm) to 1530hrs (3.30pm) temporary traffic restrictions may occur on the N5 between Charlestown and Castlebar. Diversions will be in place during any traffic restrictions.

Gardaí will reopen roads as soon as possible. The cooperation and support of the public is appreciated.

In general, large vehicles (Heavy Goods Vehicles and Buses should consider diversion routes carefully this afternoon as they may be diverted on to regional and/ or local roads).


  • From 10am on April 14 until after the public event finishes in Ballina access to Ballina town will be restricted to local residents and business workers only.
  • The N59 through Ballina will be closed to traffic from 10am for the duration of the event.
  • In general traffic intending on travelling through Ballina on the N59 should divert via N26/ N5/ N17 Foxford, Swinford, Charlestown, Tobercurry, Sligo.
  • Details of local traffic diversions around Ballina are published on the Garda website.

A Park and Ride service will be in place for those travelling into Ballina on the evening of Friday April 14.

The inbound shuttle service will begin at 3pm and conclude at 7pm.

The outbound shuttle service will operate from the drop off points from 10pm and will conclude at midnight.

Persons requiring disability access should make themselves known at the park n ride centres.

Gardaí will be present at the park and ride locations to assist the public.

If attending the public event in Ballina members of the public are encouraged not to be in possession of large bags.

For security reasons pedestrians seeking to access certain areas and any bags in their possession may be subject to search.

Any item that could be determined to be a safety hazard, including but not limited to large items such as flag poles, tripods, folding steps, folding chairs etc… may be restricted.

An Garda Síochána would like to thank the public for their patience and would urge for their compliance at this time.

Park and Shuttle Locations are as follows

  • Zone 1 – Knockmore: GAA Car Park, Drop-off and return location: Junction of James Street & Hill Street
  • Zone 2 – Castleconnor Community Centre Car-Park: Drop-off and return location: Bunree Industrial Estate
  • Zone 3 – Crossmolina: various parking around town, Drop-off and return location: Mercy Road.
  • Zone 4 – North Ballina: McVann Furniture, Killala Road, Drop-off and return location: Bohernasup

President Biden will depart Co Mayo from Ireland West Airport to Dublin Airport on the late evening of April 14

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