Pope Francis

  • Tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock and Dublin are now available online.

    There are 500,000 tickets for the Phoenix Park where Pope Francis will say Mass, and 45,000 tickets for Knock.

    The tickets can be booked online at worldmeeting2018.ie.

    When booking, people are being invited to make an optional donation to help with the costs of the visit. 

  • 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.


  • There was widespread praise and congratulations at this week’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District for all the many people and agencies that had worked together to make the visit of Pope Francis to the district last month such a success.

    Councillors spoke of their pride at how well the village of Knock and the Shrine looked, together with Ireland West Airport Knock, when the locations were being televised worldwide for the occasion.

    Councillors agreed to send a letter of congratulations to the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary and the Parish Priest of Knock Fr Richard Gibbons who they said played a pivotal role in enticing the Pontiff to include Knock on his visit to Ireland.

    Kilkelly based Fianna Fail Councillor John Caulfield raised the matter saying the village looked wonderful on the day and that he said was the result of a lot of hard work by many.

  • All of Ireland’s 26 dioceses will open the 9th World Meeting of Families simultaneously with a special liturgical ceremony today and with the ringing of bells in each of the 26 diocesan cathedrals across the island.  Family-friendly festivals are also taking place.

    The WMOF Pastoral Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to Friday, while the Festival of Families will be celebrated in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. 

    Pope Francis will join the WMOF celebrations when he visits Ireland on Saturday.  WMOF will culminate with the closing Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday. 

    Today’s opening liturgy in each cathedral will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer.  Entitled Le chéile le Críost (Together with Christ). The ceremonies will involve singing and praying hymns, psalms and canticles, burning incense and praying for the entire human family and all are welcome.