With the largest number of Mayo supporters in a long time making the trip to Dublin on Saturday for the All Ireland football semi-final double header for the men's and women's teams from Mayo, Mayo County Council have asked those travelling to the game to 'play it safe' on the road.
With seven road deaths on roads across the country in the first 11 days of the month and total of 82 lives lost on the road already this year, the council is appealing for people to travel safely.
Road safety officer for the local authority, Noel Gibbons, said: "Mayo football fan are some of the most passionate in Ireland. Fans are dedicated to supporting their teams no matter the result. We’re asking them to show the same dedication to road safety to prevent further lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.
"The message is clear – slow down, give yourself enough time to arrive to your destination. Keep your head in the game, don’t drive distracted. You need to make good decisions in football. It’s no different on the road. Remember these messages because they will save your life and the lives of others – that’s the best win of all.
"If you’re driving to the games, or home after or somewhere to watch the games, just keep your eyes on the road. You have to play your part to keep our roads safe.
"We can’t wait to see a big crowd of our fans at the game again but encourage everyone to take care on their way to and from the game and make the most of public transport or taxis where possible."
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Smyth, commented: "We want everyone’s journeys to games to be as safe and smooth as possible – the excitement should be on the pitch not on the way there – and we need drivers to play their part.
"We wish the best to all the teams and their supporters. Whether you’re on the winning or losing side, celebrating or commiserating, remember to act responsibly on the roads and Arrive Alive."
Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland added: "GAA fans love a day out in Croke Park and games between Dublin and Mayo always generate a great buzz around the city and stadium. I encourage all fans from Killester to Kiltimagh, Ballyfermot to Ballina to take care of themselves and each other on the way to and from the game. No matter what the outcome of the game is, the real winners will be those who have arrived home safely.”