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Friday, March 15, 2019

Bus and train services on St Patrick's day / weekend, 2019

The information below is for 2019.
Please see St Patrick's Day public transport for the latest information.

Sunday 17th March 2019, St Patrick's Day / Lá Féile Pádraic is a public holiday in Ireland.   Most public transport services will run a Sunday timetable.    Most towns and cities will have a parade around lunchtime or in the early afternoon: morning public transport services are likely to be busy due to this.

Monday 19th March 2018 is a Bank Holiday, 
but not Public Holiday.  Banks will be closed,  Some businesses, especially ones that don't usually open on Sunday, will close to give their staff a day's holiday.  Because of this, most public transport companies will run a Sunday timetable.   

Read on for more details ... 

St Pattie's Day parade in Galway Ireland

Galway City Bus services

According to this noticeBus Éireann will run the Sunday timetable on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 March

There will be some diversions around Eyre Square area while the parade is on on the 17th (10:30am - 2pm.    Details of these have not yet been widely announced, but based on past years, city departures during this time will probably leave from either Woodquay or Galway Bus Station, instead of Eyre Square.

City Direct have announced they will run a regular Sunday timetable on Sunday 17th March:
  • First bus at 10:15am from Woodfield (Cappagh Rd).
  • Last bus 7:45pm from Eyre Square.
However route 411 will only go as far as the roundabout at the back of the hospital between 10:30am and 2:30pm due to the parade - ie they will not go to Eyre Square.

See City Bus Services for route maps and timetable links.

Regional Bus services

Bus Éireann 

Bus Eireann's current announcement only says that they will run a Sunday timetable on both Sunday 17 March, and Monday 18 March 2019.

However there will be some some public-holiday exceptions (cancellations and/or time changes) on services to/from:
  • Belfast
  • Dundalk
  • Cavan
  • Clifden
  • Lettermullen
  • Carraroe
  • Westport / Ballina
Check the journey planner on their website for specific services..

Burkes (Tuam and Headford)

Have announced they will run a Sunday timetable on both Sunday 17 and Monday 18 March.

Note that the 210pm Tuam - Galway bus will leave from Corrib Oil petrol station, to accommodate the parade in Tuam.

Bus4U (Roscommon)

Have not yet made an announcement - details will be added when they do.

Bus Feda (Sligo, Donegal)

Will run a reduced Sunday timetable  on both 17 and 18 March.   See their website for details

BusLink (Athenry)

BusLink  have not yet made an announcement.

Based on previous years, they will most likely they will run Daylink services to/from Athenry starting at 10am on Sunday 17th, and will also run the Athenry NightLink service on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of March.

CityLink (Dublin, Cork, Clifden)

Citylink will run a regular Sunday / bank holiday services, but pickup and drop off points in Dublin city will be changed due to local parades etc.   Details are available on their website.

GoBus (Dublin)

Have made an announcement here.  they will be running a regular weekday timetable on Sunday 17th, and a bank-holiday timetable on Monday 18th.   Also Dublin city pickup and drop-off points will be altered.  See their website for details.

Other companies

Have not made specific announcements:  it is likely that they will run regular Sunday-timetable services on 17 March.   See Regional Bus Services for a full listing of all companies involved.


Many towns will have parades around midday or in the early afternoon: bus services at this time could be temporarily delayed due to road closures.

Train services

Irish Rail will run a regular Sunday timetable with some alterations on Sunday 17th March, and a regular weekday timetable on Monday 18th March.  See their timetable for St Patrick's weekend for details.