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GAA fans urged to leave extra time for journey on busy bank holiday weekend of sport

GAA fans travelling on the tolled M1 have been urged to leave extra time for their journey to Dublin. Picture by Fran Caffrey/Newsfile.ie
John Monaghan

FANS heading to today's All-Ireland quarter-finals in Dublin have been warned to leave plenty of time for their journey.

In addition to cars from three northern counties converging on a sold-out Croke Park, soccer supporters will be travelling to the Aviva Stadium to watch Liverpool face Athletic Bilbao.

A Saturday fixture also means greater traffic to contend with in Dublin and this weekend is a bank holiday in the Republic as well.

Last weekend there was also heavy traffic as Armagh, Monaghan and Down fans descended on Croke Park, with some missing the start of the games.

The operators of the M1 toll plaza near Drogheda have appealed to fans to travel as early as possible and consider "other routes".

However, although upgrade work has been taking place on the tolls, all lanes will be open today with contractors not expected to be on site.

Meanwhile, Ulster GAA has given its backing to a road safety campaign urging drivers to take care over the holiday weekend, which is "statistically a more dangerous period on our roads".

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