If you don’t have a ticket to see Pope Francis in Knock on Sunday August 26th, do not travel to Knock – that’s the very clear advice to the public, given at a press conference yesterday in Knock House Hotel on the Papal visit.
The 45,000 people who successfully secured tickets for the Pope’s visit to Knock on Sunday August 26th will receive their tickets in the post from Monday week, August 13th.
“Bus bus bus” was the strong theme of the press conference. It appears that 91 percent of people who secured tickets for Knock indicated that they will be driving to the event, however, they are advised instead to hire a coach or use the additional public transport that will be in place.
Superintendent Tom Calvey warned that anyone arriving by car to Knock on August 26th can expect to walk up to 10km, if you use public transport that reduces to one km.
While some listeners to Midwest News insist that there will be car parks closer to the Shrine, the gardai says accessibility to some of the car parking areas that are being negotiated between the council and landowners at present, may not work in heavy rain.
Supt Calvey is a advising that if it rains and if 21,000 cars arrive then parking will be forced onto the N17, and that could stretch back to Claremorris.
The absolute need to have a ticket for the event if you are travelling to Knock on Sunday the 26th was also stressed and no more tickets will become available.
Brenda Drumm, Communications Manager with the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) explained that the people who secured the tickets on line at the end of June when they became available, will receive a hard copy of the tickets in the post from Monday week, Aug 13.