Ballinasloe Gardaí this week advised people living in the surrounding area of Ballinasloe to be extra vigilant for any suspicious vehicles in the area, not to buy any goods or to part with any cash to any traders who might call to their doors.
Gardaí are asking all visitors attending the Fair in Ballinasloe over the next two weekends to adhere to all diversions and parking restrictions.
They also advise that when parking in a car park not to leave any property visible inside the vehicle.
With crowds of up to 85,000 people expected to attend the opening of the Ballinasloe Horse Fair next weekend, traffic diversions will be in place on the N6 from 8 am to 8 pm on Sunday 4th October.
Motorists travelling from Galway to Dublin on Sunday are asked by the Gardai to avoid Ballinasloe and instead divert off the N6 at Killmeen Cross on the Ballinasloe side of Loughrea for Tullamore via Portumna (N65). Motorists travelling from Dublin to Galway are asked to by pass Ballinasloe and detour at Athlone on the R362 for Tuam via Mountbellew.
Local vehicles arriving into Ballinasloe from the west and not attending the Fair will be asked to detour at Loughbawn on the N6 for Dublin via Ahascragh. Local vehicles entering Ballinasloe from the Athlone side will be asked to detour at Creagh Junction via Ahascragh and re-emerge on the N6 at Loughbawn for Galway. All lorries and articulated vehicles coming from Dublin must detour at Athlone.
There are no diversions in place on Saturday 3rd October or Monday 5th October.
Commuters intending to travel by coach to Dublin or Galway on Sunday and Monday 4th and 5th October should note that the pick up and drop off points for Nestors, Bus Eireann and City Link operated coaches has been moved to Hayden’s Corner for these two days only.