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Donegal GAA fans urged to ‘Park Smart – Park Safe’ 02.08.19

MORE than 27,000 fans are expected to attend the GAA Super 8 group final game between Donegal and Mayo on Saturday at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar and everyone going to the match is being urged to ‘Park Smart - Park Safe’.
The stakes are high 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 evening.
Donegal’s Road Safety Officer is working with Gardaí, the GAA and Mayo County Council 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 and there will be ample free car parking for fans within the environs of Castlebar itself.
Click here to view larger map of Castlebar with designated parking areas.
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 Gardaí will be on duty to enforce the stricter parking policy for Saturday’s game.
Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell explains “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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