Sports & Recreation

Ironman hits the coast

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
dlr County
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IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire is Ireland’s biggest triathlon in 2018 attracting athletes from all over Ireland and around the globe.

This famous race is not for the faint hearted, which features a 1.9km swim from Sandycove, home to the famous Martello Tower, in the clear waters of the Irish Sea in Dublin Bay, before bringing athletes on a spectacular and challenging 90.1km bike course, travelling through some of the most scenic areas in our county. En route, participants will take in stunning coastal views and weaving their way through the streets of Dún Laoghaire for the 21.1km run, ultimately finishing at the famous Harbour.


IRONMAN started in 1978 on the island of Hawaii as a debate between navy seals. The debate was about which athlete was the fittest: the swimmer, the cyclist or the runner. It was then decided that the only way to truly find out was to combine all three disciplines and complete them consecutively. On 18 February of that year, 15 people set out to complete a race in Hawaii thought to be impossible. Naval Commander, John Collins then famously said: “Whoever finishes, they will be called an IRONMAN.”

Their dream created a community that believes ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Four decades later, hundreds of thousands of athletes fulfil these dreams at finish lines all over the world. This year the event celebrates its 40th anniversary and from this initial one race, the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 series has spawned 154 races internationally.

IRONMAN is more than a sport, it's a global movement that transcends geographic and cultural boundaries. It doesn’t matter where you have raced, it doesn’t matter what your time was. Once you cross that start line, you join a family of hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, bound together by a single determination.  You don't have to be an elite athlete either, as thousands of ordinary people join together for the competition. One takes on the swim, one the cycle and one the run. It’s a competition for everyone.

Entries for IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire are open, but be quick as there are only a few hundred places remaining. For more details and entry details, head to the event website www.ironman.com/dunlaoghaire70.3.


Temporary road closures within the dlr administrative area are as follows:


August 18th 2018, Saturday 07:00 - 19:00 hours

Link Road/R831 Marine Parade/R831 Newtownsmith/R831 Windsor Terrace/Otranto Place


August 18th 2018, 07:00 - August 19th 2018, 21:00 hours

Queen's Road


August 19th 2018, Sunday 04:00 - 19:00 hours

Link Road/R831 Marine Parade/R831 Newtownsmith/R831 Windsor Terrace


August 19th 2018, 04:00 - 09:30 hours

Park Road


August 19th 2018, 06:30 - 09:30 hours

R118 Glenageary Road Lower


August 19th 2018, 06:30 - 14:00 hours

R118 Sallyglen (from Glenageary Roundabout to Graduate Roundabout)


August 19th 2018, 06:30 - 09:45 hours

R118 Church Road - Westbound Lane (from Graduate Roundabout to Wyattville Road)/R188 Wyattville Road - Westbound lane (from Church to the N11)


August 19th 2018, 06:45 - 09:45 hours

N11 - One lane southbound (from Wyattville Road to M11/Dublin Road R837)/R837 Dublin Road (from the N11 to Stonebridge Road/Stonebridge Road


August 19th 2018, 06:30 - 10:15 hours

Rathmichael Road/R116 Ballycorus Road (open Westbound towards R117 Enniskerry Road only from 10:15)


August 19th 2018, 06:30 - 13:30 hours

R116 Ballycorus Road - Eastbound only (from R117 Enniskerry Road to Rathmichael Church)/Stonebridge Road - Northbound only from Rathmichael Church to Mulinastill Road/Mulinastill Road - from Stonebridge Road to Cherrywood Road


August 19th 2018, 07:15 - 10:15 hours

R117 Enniskerry Road (from R116 Ballybetagh Road to the Wicklow County Boundary)


August 19th 2018, 08:30 - 13:00 hours

R115 Old Military Road (from Wicklow County Boundary to South Dublin County Boundary)


August 19th 2018, 8:30 - 13:15 hours

R116 (from Cruagh Road through Ballybrack Road and Ballybetagh Road to R117 Enniskerry Road


August 19th 2018, 08:45 - 13:45 hours

R116 Cherrywood Road/Bray Road (from Cherrywood Road for its entirety north)/N11 - northbound off ramp to Wyattville Road


August 19th 2018, 07:00 - 13:45 hours

R118 Wyattville Road - northbound only (from the N11 to Church Road)/R118 Church Road - northbound only (from Wyattville Road to the Graduate Roundabout)


August 19th 2018, 09:00 - 14:00 hours

Avondale Road (from the Graduate Roundabout to Glenageary Road Upper)/Glenageary Road Upper (from Killiney Roundabout to Adelaide Road)/Adelaide Road


August 19th 2018, 09:00 - 17:00 hours

Harbour Road, Old Dun Leary Road (Clarence Street to Longford Terrace)


For more information on road access Email: ireland70.3@ironmanroadaccess.com / Tel: 01 531 3311