DROGHEDA UNITED V IPSWICH TOWN– SATURDAY 8th JULY 2017, 2pm KO
INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We have been in touch with Drogheda United ahead of our first pre-season friendly.
This guide has been put together for travelling Town fans. We would like to thank Nuala Dowd, Club Secretary, Drogheda United and Andy Greenslade, Sales and Marketing, The D-Hotel for their help in providing the information.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
Travelling from Dublin to Drogheda
Many Town fans will be based in Dublin for the weekend. Drogheda is about 30 miles north of Dublin, and easily reached by fairly frequent trains from Dublin Connelly station, fast services taking around 35 minutes, stopping services around an hour. We suggest you check in advance to ensure there are no unexpected engineering works or delays though. Drogheda station is about a 30 minute walk to the ground, though you may want to allow more time, as you’ll pass through the town centre en route.
There are also buses from Dublin, routes 100X and 101. They tend to be a bit slower than the train, though still only take just over an hour. If you are travelling directly to Drogheda from Dublin airport, though, the bus is an easy option. Bus 100X runs every hour (at 20 minutes past the hour) and takes 40 minutes to reach Drogheda. Bus 101 runs every half hour (on the hour and half hour) daytime from the airport, and takes 50 minutes to reach Drogheda bus station, then you have a 20-minute walk via the town centre. Returning, the 100X runs hourly on the hour from Drogheda bus station, and the 101 runs hourly after 4.30pm.
If you find yourself enjoying the pub scene of Drogheda after the match, be aware of last bus times!
A taxi from Dublin Airport will cost between €50/60 and takes just under half an hour, so it may be worthwhile if there’s a group of you.
Alternatively, you could hire a car at Dublin Airport and drive to Drogheda. As per the taxi, it takes around 30 minutes.
One problem with the weekend of our first pre-season game is that it always clashes with major music events in Dublin (this year it is Coldplay at Croke Park), making hotel prices in and around the city very, very high.
If you are making a last minute decision to travel, then the three main hotels in Drogheda are the The Westcourt Hotel, The D Hotel and Scholars Townhouse.
The four star D hotel has offered Town fans a special Friday and Saturday deal via the link below:
Once in Drogheda
There are many pubs and restaurants in Drogheda, and we have been advised that they will all welcome Town fans.
Hops, which is the newly refurbished bar at The D Hotel (Marsh Road, Scotch Hall), has extended a special invitation to Town fans to drop by both before and after the game. There are also pubs on the way to (and near) the ground – listed below. The D Hotel also has an Italian restaurant IL Ponte.
Tickets will be available at the turnstiles on the day with prices as follows:
Family €20 (two adults and a maximum of two children under 12)
Gates will open at 1pm. There will be no segregated area for Town fans, so your ticket gives you access to any stand.
There will be a pop up shop in the ground.
There will be matchday programmes for sale at a cost of €3 each.
Bar and food facilities at and around the ground
There are two pubs which are used by the club and its fans. One of these is the Windmill House, which is next to the ground on Windmill Road. There is also a pub at the bottom of the road called Mother Hughes.
We are advised that there is no bar inside the ground, but food will be available.