Free Shuttle Bus Service for Down v Armagh Championship match

May 26th, 2017

Ulster GAA will be teaming up with Translink to provide a free shuttle bus service for supporters to enjoy convenient access to and from the Down v Armagh Ulster Football Championship games at Páirc Esler, Newry on Sunday 4th June.

Double decker buses will operate from Burren GAA Club (and go via Warrenpoint), St Paul’s School, Bessbrook and Newry Train Station. The shuttle buses will also operate after the match to return patrons to their pick-up point.

The use of Newry Train Station as part of the service will be beneficial to patrons travelling from Belfast/Portadown (Lurgan) and a noon departure has been organised specifically to meet the incoming train that will be arriving in Newry. Buses leaving St. Paul’s High School at 12.30 and 13.00 will also call at the Newry Train station. The first buses will leave Burren & St Paul’s at 11am.

Full information on pick up times and points is available at

An additional shuttle bus will operate from the Albert Basin car park to Páirc Esler (to the match only – no return) and supporters are welcome to avail of this free service.

Patrons attending the game should be aware that there will be no parking available in the immediate vicinity of Páirc Esler on the day of the match – this includes Kilmorey Street, Warrenpoint Road, Old Warrenpoint Road or on the dual carriageway.

Speaking at the announcement of the free service, Ulster GAA PRO Michael Geoghegan said:

“We are delighted to link up with our new Corporate Partners, Translink, on this shuttle service initiative for the much anticipated Ulster Championship derby game in Newry. We would encourage our supporters to avail of this opportunity as the huge interest in this fixture will see a very large crowd in attendance.”

Commenting at the initiative, Greg McLaughlin, Translink Service Delivery Manager said:

“Ensuring that all patrons enjoy a safe journey to and from big games like this is a key consideration for both Translink and Ulster GAA. We’re delighted to be providing this shuttle service, which we hope will help ease congestion within Newry City centre and make sure everyone enjoys a stress free journey to the match. Whoever you’re supporting, we encourage you to use the service and look forward to welcoming you on-board!”

For full ticketing information, including how to buy your match ticket early and save up to 33%, visit


St Paul’s Bessbrook          –          

Departures at:

11.00 – 11.30 – 12.00 – 12.30 – 13.00

St Mary’s GAA, Burren –  

Departures at:

11.00 – 11.30 – 12.00 – 12.30 – 13.00

Translink NIR Train Station

Departures at:

12.00 – 12.40 – 13.10

Albert Basin Park & Ride

Departures from:

10.50 – Shuttle to Pairc Esler as required until 13:30