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Cork City Marathon 2nd June 2024


Expect delays and leave extra time for your journey. Road Closures commence at 5 am as the race starts at 8.15 am on Patrick's Street. Patrick's Street and surrounding city centre streets will be closed until 6 pm. Refer to Corkcitymarathon.ie for a list of road closures.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel and South City Link are open all day but expect delays.

Access to Kent Station: due to the proximity of the race to the station between 7.30 am and 10.30 am patrons will have to walk from Anglesea Street or Summerhill North Junction with the Lower Glanmire Road to the Train station.

Cork Airport - access from the Northside use either the Jack Lynch Tunnel or Blarney to Anglers Rest Route to the Kinsale Road Roundabout.


Parking will be available in City Centre Car parks

Black Ash Park and Ride is open from 6.15am to 5pm. Buses running every 8-12 minutes.


Refer to Corkcitymarathon.ie


The marathon course, 26.2 miles (42km), is closed to traffic until the last participant safely passes through each area within the allowed 6-hour course limit.

We apologise in advancefor the inconvenience caused and respectfully ask residents and visitors not to drive on the course if at all possible. Essential traffic will be escorted safely off the course by the Gardaí

For travel into and around Cork City on Sunday 2nd June, the general advice is to use the Ring Roads (N25 South; R635 North) and Link Road (N27) but expect delays on all routes due to the impact of road closures.

Stewards, identified by high-vis vests with CORK CITY MARATHON on the back, and the Gardaí will do their utmost to minimise traffic disruption.

Jack Lynch Tunnel

The Jack Lynch Tunnel is OPEN throughout the race but a contra-flow will operate in the southbound bore so traffic will be slower than normal. Please allow extra time for your journey. The Tunnel should be fully operational by 1 pm.

Carrigrohane Road (Straight Road)

The Carrigrohane Road has OUTBOUND traffic only until 3pm. This tends to be very slow and seriously backed up to Victoria Cross between about 10.30am and 12.30pm. PLEASE AVOID IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

You can drive up Wilton Road, onto the Sarsfield Roundabout and onto the link road to Ballincollig, however delays will be encountered.

Getting to Cork Airport:

Use the Ring Roads and City Link Roads where possible. Once you are through the tunnel, the race will not directly affect traffic. Traffic may be slower than normal, so please allow extra time for your journey.

Getting to Kent Station:

It will not be possible to drive to Kent Station from 8am to 11am due to the Lower Glanmire Road closure to the North and Horgan's Quay to the South of the Station.

Getting to the Bus Station on Parnell Place:

You won't be able to access the bus station by car between 8am and 11am. After that, traffic will have access but your egress will be restricted by the closure of St Patrick's Street. You will be able to access the South City Link Road via Patrick's Bridge and McCurtain Street


While most areas of the city will be affected to varying extents, some residents will be extremely restricted from moving into or out of their homes and workplaces. The areas most severely affected are:

  • St Patrick's Street & surrounding areas (5.30am to 6pm)
  • Albert Road, Victoria Road, Centre Park Road, Monahan's Road and surrounding areas (8am to 12.30pm)
  • Castle Road, Blackrock (9am to 12pm)
  • Ballyphehane/Togher/The Lough (9am to 2pm)
  • Tory Top Park and vicinity (9am to 2pm)
  • Magazine Road (9am to 2pm)
  • Orchard Road (9am to 2pm)
  • Farranlea Road, Farranlea Park and district (11am to 2pm)
  • Model Farm Road (11am to 2.30pm)
  • Inchigaggin Lane (11am to 2.30pm)
  • Mardyke Walk (11am to 3pm)
  • North Main Street (8am to 3pm)

Cork City Centre

  • The Marathon begins on St Patrick's Street at 8.15 am.
  • The 10K run begins on St Patrick's Street at 8.45 am
  • The Half marathon begins on Monahan's Road at 10.15am.

St Patrick's Street and adjoining streets are closed to traffic all day, from 5am to 6pm.

North Main Street will be closed to traffic from 8am until 4pm.

Traffic on Washington Street will be reduced to one lane inbound all day (Inbound one lane. Outbound closed 8am -10am.)

Traffic on Western Road - Stop/Go between Washington Street and Victoria Cross. One lane only 8:30am. — 9:30am.

Between approx. 7.30am and 10.30am, Grand Parade, South Mall, Parnell Place and Merchant's Quay will be closed to all traffic. These streets will re-open once all competitors have safely passed.

There will be inbound traffic only on North Mall until 4pm.

Pope's Quay will be open to traffic at 10.30am but restrictions at North Gate Bridge until 4pm —inbound only.

Traffic will be severely restricted on Grattan Street, Bachelor's Quay, Lavitts Quay, Coal Quay and Kyrls Quay all day. Please avoid it if at all possible

Victoria Road, Albert Road Monahan's Road and Surrounding Areas - The half marathon starts on Monahan Road at 10.15am. Centre Park Road, Victoria Road, Albert Road, Albert Street and surrounding areas will be closed to all but local traffic from 8am until 1pm.

Approaching the City from the North Blackpool

The Blackpool Bypass will be closed from Thomas Davis Street into town from 7.30am to about 10.30am. Motorists coming from the north are advised to use the North Link Road

and exit further to the east.

All traffic north of the River Lee should return to normal after 11.30am, with the exception of the North Mall (inbound traffic only until 4pm).

Approaching the City from the EAST or WEST

Jack Lynch Tunnel, South Ring Road (N25) and South City Link Road (N27)

Travelling from the east, Dublin, Waterford, etc. the best advice is to use the South Ring Road (N25) and South City Link (N27). There will be a contra-flow in the Jack Lynch Tunnel until about 1pm, so traffic will move steadily if a little slower than normal. While your journey may be delayed, traffic will be kept moving.

The Silversprings dual carriageway/ Lower Glanmire Road (N8) will be closed to traffic inbound from 7.30am until 1pm. Please use the tunnel and the South City Link to access the city centre. Silversprings dual carriageway outbound will remain open.

The Tunnel will be fully reopened by 1pm.

There will also be a contra-flow on the South City Link road, city end, until about 1.30pm, but traffic will be kept moving in- and outbound


City Suburbs EAST

Castle Road

Residents on Castle Road from Blackrock Castle west to Blackrock Village will be able to access the village and Blackrock Road without delays, i.e. turning left from your park/home returning from the Blackrock Village side. There will be no unassisted access to houses from the Castle to Ringmahon Road from 9.00am to 1pm.

Convent Road

Until about 1pm, the only exit into and out of Mahon from Blackrock will be Convent Road. This will result in increased traffic. We would be very much obliged if residents of Convent Road could find alternative off-road parking for the morning and we apologise for the inconvenience. This would greatly assist with traffic flow on the road.

Turners Cross Area

Access to Christ the King Church from Douglas direction is via Cross Douglas Road and Capwell Road Car Park. Restricted access from Evergreen Road.

City Suburbs WEST

The Ballyphehane and Togher areas are the most complex section of the course for traffic management. We are acutely aware of the disruption caused to the area by the race and apologise to all for the inconvenience caused. If at all possible, we urge motorists to please avoid the area.

Connolly Road

This year, the marathon will run along Connolly Road from Barbers Cross up to the northern edge of Tory Top Park. There will be a stop-go at the junction of Pearse Road and again at Tory Top Road but expect delays.

Tramore Road & Pearse Road

The main east/west arteries of Tramore Road (from the Kinsale Road to Lower Friars Walk) and Pearse Road will be closed to traffic from about 10am to 2pm.

  • Pearse Road, local traffic only. Stop/Go at Connolly Road and Pouladuff Road. EXPECT DELAYS between 10.30am -1.30pm.
  • Tory Top Road. Stop/Go at roundabout. EXPECT DELAYS between 10.30am -1.30pm

North/south traffic will be able to cross the course on Togher Road/Lough Road at their junctions with Pearse Road, but will be stopped by Gardaí to wait until any runners in the vicinity have passed. The longest delays for traffic in this area will be between about 10.30am and 1pm.

Western Road

Please avoid and use Sarsfield Road and South City Link. EXPECT LONG DELAYS at Orchard Road/Farranlea Road and Victoria Cross, especially between 11.30am. — 1.30pm.

Magazine Road

Magazine Road, from the junction of Dorgan's Road to St Francis' Avenue, will be closed to traffic from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

College Road

From junction with St Francis' Avenue to Orchard Road.

Access to BONS SECOURS HOSPITAL is via Glasheen Road and Highfield Avenue or

from city side.

Wilton Road (N71)

The Wilton Road will be open to local traffic from the Sarsfield Roundabout to Dennehy's Cross. Access to Rondevue Bar from Dennehy's Cross direction only with restricted access to parking.

Access to Holy Ghost Church from Highfield Avenue and Sarsfield Roundabout.

From Dennehy's Cross to Highfield Avenue — local access only.

Model Farm Road

The Model Farm Road, from the junction of Farranlea Park to Minister's Cross, will be closed from 10am to about 2.30pm.

Limited traffic from Rossa Avenue to Model Farm Restaurant from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Inchigaggin Lane

Inchigaggin Lane is at the 23-mile mark in the race and, therefore, the road will be closed to all but essential residential traffic from 11.30am to approximately 3.00pm.

We respectfully ask residents who do need to drive in or out of their homes to use a one-way system, driving with extreme care towardsthe Carrigrohane Road. Traffic is outbound only on the Carrigrohane Road so you'll have to turn left, heading out towards Ballincollig. Please remember that at this stage in the race, many people will be extremely tired. Please drive slowly and if necessary stop or pull over to let a runner pass you out.

Carrigrohane Road (N22)

There will be live traffic outbound only on the Carrigrohane Road with a stop-go systemin place at the junction with Inchigaggin Lane. As a runner approaches the Carrigrohane Road from Inchigaggin, the Gardaí will stop traffic to allow the runner straight out onto the northern side of the road.

Traffic is always heavy here, with long tailbacks to Victoria Cross from 12pm to 1.30pm. If possible, please avoid this area and use the link roads to get to Ballincollig.

Please note that many of the runners you'll see on the Carrigrohane Road will have runnearly 24 miles at that point. They will be concentrating on their final few miles and may be exhausted and not fully aware of their surroundings at this point.

Please drive slowly and take extra care in this area.

Mardyke Walk

The race will pass along the Mardyke from 9am through to about 2pm. Residents who need to drive into or out of their homes will have to be assisted by a Garda or by one of the race stewards. Please drive only when essential and then with extreme care.