Páircing woes: Residents hit out at parking problems on matchdays at the Páirc

Páircing woes: Residents hit out at parking problems on matchdays at the Páirc
An aerial picture of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Dennis Horgan

BALLINLOUGH residents are being marooned in their homes when Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosts large GAA ties.

That's according to local councillor Terry Shannon who has called for the County Board to appear before Cork City Council to explain their traffic management plans ahead of major events this summer.

Councillors hit out at motorists who ignore parking laws when the stadium is hosting big crowds, claiming that cars are abandoned on kerbs, in grassy areas and in front of houses.

The GAA, Cork City Council and Gardaí have taken a hardline stance in the Blackrock and Ballintemple areas, aiming to clampdown on illegal parking. The result, according to councillors, is that motorists are simply abandoning their cars in estates slightly further afield and walking to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Mr Shannon said, "While steps have been taken near to the stadium - and these are working - all it has achieved is that traffic has been pushed back on to the Boreenmanna Road, Churchyard Road and Ballinlough. Cars are parking on kerbs and grassy and nobody is stopping them.

"The traffic management plans are not good enough. They need to start engaging with us. There is a massive issue with illegal parking; these matches only had 10,000 people at them - it is only going to be worse at the big events."

The stadium is due to host three concerts by popstar Ed Sheeran over the May bank holiday weekend, with Mr Shannon and others insisting that these issues need to be resolved long before this takes place.

Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Similar parking issues were witnessed near Turner's Cross and Musgrave Park on Friday night, though local councillors reported less of an issue than in the south-east. The reason, they said, was that the Black Ash park and ride service was open for use on the night.

The same service was not available for Sunday's matches having not been requested by the Cork County Board.

Cllr Des Cahill said that the GAA has taken steps to combat the issue in the areas around Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"Over the weekend, there was a marked improvement," he said.

"There was a bigger presence of gardaí and traffic wardens and, to be fair, the County Board is publishing traffic information and warnings on their website before matches, they are texting too."

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