A major traffic management plan will come into force in Listowel this Sunday as the annual Harvest Festival race meeting kicks off.
The festival runs until next Saturday September 15th.
Thousands of racegoers will descend on The Island course over the famous seven-day festival and Gardai are strongly advising patrons to use carparks on the racecourse and in Listowel town.
Gardai say illegally parked cars will be towed and fixed penalty notices will be issued.
There are no road closures and non-race traffic is being encouraged to use alternative routes if possible.
Traffic is expected to be very heavy around Listowel bridge from mid-week and serious delays can be expected.
Superintendent Dan Keane of Listowel Garda Station is asking racegoers to comply with directions from Gardai and stewards; be aware of pickpockets, to lock their cars and not leave any valuables in them.
Limerick / Tralee / Killarney Traffic:
Traffic approaching from Limerick (Abbeyfeale), Tralee or Killarney should enter the Racecourse at the Tralee Road entrance and use the extensive on course parking that is available from this entrance. The Special needs parking are also available from this entrance.
Traffic approaching Listowel town from the direction of Ballybunion may park in the Greenville area (N.B. Not on the Greenville Road) and may also enter the Race Course car park via the Convent Street entrance. Parking is also permitted on the Ballybunion Road, Railway Road and John B. Keane Road.
Traffic approaching the town from the Tarbert direction can park on the John B. Keane Road, in the Bridge Road car park and in the Race Course car park off Convent Street. All car parks are free. Traffic from the Tarbert direction going to Tralee will be joining the traffic coming from Abbeyfeale and Duagh at Listowel Bridge. Serious delays can be expected in this area, particularly from mid week onwards. Every effort will be made to keep delays to a minimum. The implementation of a one-way system into the racecourse from the Tralee Road entrance will help in this regard – two lanes of traffic entering the Race Course.
Traffic approaching the Greenville entrance from the direction of Lixnaw, Ballyduff and Tralee will be required to use available parking off the Greenville Road and the race course Car park at Greenville. Parking along either side of the Greenville Road will not be permitted.