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His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Ireland on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.

Various events will take place including World Meeting of Families events at the RDS on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Croke Park Dublin on the Saturday and Knock and the celebratory Mass on the Sunday in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

It is strongly recommend anyone travelling to Dublin by cross border coach on the Saturday and Sunday to book a ticket online in advance, using the links below.

Coach services will operate over the weekend. More details to follow early July.

Pope Francis - Phoenix Park Dublin - 26th August 2018


East Coast Coaches will be running coaches to His Holiness Pope Francis on 26th August 2018 in Phoenix Park


Coaches depart from:


BELFAST 8am - Front door of Jurys Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast

LISBURN 8.20am - Sprucefield M&S Bus Stop @ Roundabout

BANBRIDGE 8.40am - Bus Stop Opp Home Bargains in Outlet Park

NEWRY 9am - Fiveways Roundabout, Bus Stop layby at Side of Fiveways Shop


11am approx arrive in Dublin, dependant on traffic conditions, expect long delays in Dublin to drop off point. This will be determined by Gardai on the day. for info / call 02830203020

Return from event time will be 8pm from coach park


Price is for Coach travel only & does not include entry to event. Coach Drop off is at the coach park nand will be advised on the day as this is a  large event, expect some walking. Call for details. Some Coaches may have toilet facilites, however there will be exceptions. Comfort breaks are provided enroute. Tickets must be purchased online or over the phone, if you turn up without a ticket you may be refused entry.




Prepare for your journey

Allow yourself plenty of time to reach the venue. While there will be walking involved, there will be rest areas along the route for your comfort.

Some walking is unavoidable due to the size, scale and location of this event.

All tickets will be for standing sections, however you are permitted to bring your own small folding chair. Further details on what you are permitted to bring will be updated closer to the Final Mass date and will be found here:

Seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your ability to participate in an event of this scale.


Plan your Transport

Decide how you will travel to Croke Park / Phoenix Park well in advance. You are strongly advised to walk, take public or group transport (coach) to this event.

Public transport and coaches will be given priority and will bring you closest to Phoenix Park.

It will not be possible to drive up to or near to Croke Park / Phoenix Park by car.

A comprehensive transportation plan is being finalised and we will provide detailed information on all modes of transport shortly. These plans will be available on Transport for Ireland, and

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