Everything You Need To Know About The Pope's Visit Including What You Can't Bring Along To Mass

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Everything You Need To Know About The Pope's Visit Including What You Can't Bring Along To Mass

SPIN South West
SPIN South West

02:16 21 Aug 2018


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The Pope is coming to Ireland this Saturday the 25th of August. 

Tickets for the Pope's appearances in the Phoenix Park and Knock are sold out. Here's where you might see him during his short visit to Ireland. 

Day One| Saturday, 25 August

  • After landing in Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, the Pope will arrive at the Presidential Residence in Áras an Uachtaráin at 11.15am, meeting Michael D. Higgins & his wife.
  • The Pope will then make a speech at Dublin Castle at 12.10PM.
  • Pope francis will then be conducting some professional business in the capital for a few hours.
  • The Pope will then enjoy the many talented Irish stars such as Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter at 7.30pm for the Feast of the Families. in Croke Park.

Day Two| Sunday, 26 August

  • The Pope will make his way to Knock Airport on Sunday Morning before heading for Knock Shrine for 9.45 AM
  • It's important to note that The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3 PM on Sunday as a result of the Pope's visit.
  • He'll be rushing back to Dublin then to Phoenix Park for 2.30 PM Papal Mass.
  • He will then depart the Island of Ireland at 6.30 PM with a farewell ceremony in Dublin Airport.

With the event now completely sold out, Gardaí have released a list of all the prohibited items from the Papal mass with those attending the mass urged not to attempt to bring anything on the list, as it will be confiscated and will not be returned.

Take care if you're bringing chairs to sit on for the event, as garden furniture, deckchairs, blow-up furniture and folding armchairs are not allowed.

Below is the full list of prohibited items from the mass;

  • Air horns
  • Animals
  • Alcohol
  • Any item that may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Banners of any size
  • Bicycles
  • Cans
  • Camping/cooking equipment
  • Cooler boxes or large containers
  • Crash helmets or protective headwear or protective clothing
  • Deckchairs, garden furniture, blow-up furniture, folding armchairs, shooting stick stools
  • Drones
  • Excessive amounts of batteries, wires, cables or electrical components
  • Fireworks and flares
  • Flagpoles
  • Glass bottles
  • Illegal substances/illegal merchandise of any description
  • Large prams
  • Large umbrellas
  • Large chains, spiked bracelets or wallet chains
  • Large banners/flags, placards or posters, including sticks
  • Lasers/laser pens
  • Mobility scooters
  • Selfie sticks
  • Smoke cannisters
  • Sound systems
  • Spray cans


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