Warning over major traffic disruption in Dublin this bank holiday weekend

O'Connell Bridge will be closed to traffic as a result of Luas construction works

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Motorists are being warned of potential traffic chaos in Dublin this bank holiday weekend.

An estimated 100,000 people are likely to attend sporting events in the capital over the long weekend, while the ongoing work on the Luas Cross City line is due to cause major disruption in the city centre.

Thousands of football fans are expected at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, with Lionel Messi already confirmed to be among the star players travelling to Dublin for the match.

Huge crowds are also expected for the four All-Ireland games in Croke Park on Saturday and Sunday.

The Vodafone Comedy Festival is also taking place in the Iveagh Gardens from Thursday to Sunday.

Meanwhile, the quays at O'Connell Bridge will be closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic between Friday night and early Tuesday morning as a result of the Luas construction works.

Diversions will be in place, and Dublin City Council has published full details of how to access the city centre's car parks.

Gardaí are advising that the city will be fully open to pedestrians.

The Luas itself is operating as normal. Anybody travelling to the city centre can park for free at any Luas Park and Ride over the weekend, and additional tram services will be operating.

Irish Rail is also offering free parking at a number of stations, and says there will be increased DART capacity.

 The free public transport travel scheme for Child Leap Card holders is also continuing, and includes travel on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, Commuter and some Bus Éireann services.

Anybody who is driving this weekend - in Dublin or elsewhere - is being advised to be cautious when driving as a result of the increased bank holiday traffic.