Punters return from H2O-soaked Oxegen

YOU wouldn’t have been half wrong thinking the ploughing championships had come to the capital yesterday.

Wellie-wearing punters stepped off buses, full of cheer, bearing muddy rain jackets and laden with picnic and camping equipment. It was the brightly coloured stetsons, guitars and beer-swilling travellers that gave it away though.

The Oxegen exodus from Punchestown had begun following for many what was three nights and four days of music, dancing, fun and... plenty of rain.

The roads were heaving with traffic early in the day yesterday as those returning from Kildare began arduous journeys on buses and in cars on the main routes home.

Returning buses left festival-goers on Dublin’s quays, where muddy wellies and bits of tents lay abandoned on the paths.

Meanwhile, the walkways out of the festival site saw huge crowds exiting throughout the day.

The site remained open until 6pm last night to allow any late stragglers to get home.

By yesterday evening AA Roadwatch said traffic volumes on the N7/M7 and N81 had eased somewhat.

All Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann services from the site to Dublin had also finished by early evening.

To ease traffic build-ups, pick-ups were not allowed directly at the concert site but from the park and ride facilities nearby.

Gardaí reported that 114 people were arrested over the weekend at the festival. Arrests were for a variety of public order, road traffic, assault and drugs offences.

The festival used eco cups again this year to cut back on environmental waste. Last year the system saved 300,000 plastic cups from landfill.

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