Munster rugby fans urged to plan travel for big game

IRISH RAIL yesterday urged Munster fans travelling to Limerick for next Saturday’s big Heineken Cup game against Clermont Auvergne to avail of train services from Cork and Dublin to ensure getting there on time.

And the gardaí said Cork fans travelling by car should consider earlier-than-usual departure times to allow for any eventuality, like an accident, which could delay traffic.

Irish Rail has increased its services out of Cork’s Kent Stadium to Colbert Station, Limerick, to accommodate fans. Cork trains will leave at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30am. The 10.30am and 12.30am trains that normally go direct to Dublin will stop at Limerick Junction and transfer fans on the Limerick train.

Return trains to Cork will be at 5.55pm, 7pm, 7.50pm and 9.05pm.

Jim Gallivan, marketing manager with Irish Rail in Limerick, said yesterday supporters should book online to secure seat.

Return tickets from Cork cost €32, with those under 16 travelling half fair.

Supporters travelling from Heuston Station, Dublin, can avail of some tickets which are available at €30 online, a reduction on the usual €42 online fare. People who don’t book online will pay the normal €52 return.

Dublin trains depart for Limerick at 9.25am (direct), 10am (Limerick Junction connect), 11.25am (direct) and 12 noon (Limerick Junction connect). The last train is due in at Colbert Station at 2.15pm.

Sgt Owen Gogarty of Mayorstone Garda Station, in charge of traffic arrangement in Limerick, said motorists should not try and park near the ground as cars will be towed away with an impound fee of €125. “We would advise clubs to book coaches and mini buses and everybody travelling by road should give themselves plenty of time. Cork city supporters should ensure they are parked in the Limerick city centre by 1pm (kick off 3.30pm). So get started even as early as 10am if you are leaving Cork on Saturday,” he said. “There was an accident on a previous match day which caused over three-hour delays at Charleville and people did not get to the match. Saturday will also be a big Christmas shopping day bringing additional cars onto the roads.”

Sgt Gogarty said city centre car parks should be used and a dedicated shuttle bus service will be operating from outside Dunnes Stores in Henry Street.

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