By Cian Molloy - 23 June, 2018
Tickets to join Pope Francis in Knock and the Phoenix Park will be available from Monday.
Pope Francis will visit the area on Sunday, 26 August. Tickets – which are necessary to attend either event – will be available from the World Meeting of Families (WMoF) website.
In Knock, where the Pontiff will visit the Apparition Chapel and then give an Angelus address on the square in front of the shrine, numbers are limited to 45,000 people. Admission will only be available to those who have secured a ticket via the online booking system.
If you want to join the Pope in the Phoenix Park in Dublin that Sunday afternoon, you will also need to secure a ticket via the WMoF site. While tickets for the Knock event will be posted out to those who successfully apply for an allocation, tickets for the Phoenix Park will be emailed to be printed at home.
WMoF organisers say that because up to half a million tickets are due to be issued for the Dublin open air Mass the cost to print and post that number of tickets would be prohibitive. This is in contrast to the situation in 1979, before the arrival of email, home PCs and printers, when pre-printed tickets were issued to the 1.25m people who attended the Phoenix Park Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II.
WMoF2018 is partnering with Tickets.ie to provide the online ticketing service. When making a booking, you will be given the option to book as: 1) a group coming by private coach, which will have access to a coach parking area, 2) an individual or a family or 3) as a member of the clergy. At Knock there will be a limit of eight tickets per booking.
Tickets are also needed to attend the Festival of Families event in Croke Park on Saturday 25 August, which Pope Francis is due to address. For over a year, tickets for that event have been available to anyone attending at least a day of the three-day WMoF pastoral congress in the RDS, but such is the demand that the remaining tickets for the Croke Park event are now only available to those who book to attend all three days of the pastoral congress.
If you can’t attend events in Dublin or Knock, remember that the national opening of the World Meeting of Families will take place simultaneously in all 26 dioceses of Ireland, on Tuesday 21 August. Tickets aren’t necessary to attend these events.
For more information, see: https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Tickets