The relics of St Anthony of Padua, one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints, are arriving in Ireland on Thursday to start a nationwide tour.
The visit is expected to attract thousands of devotees. It is the first time the relics have visited since 2003.
Padua-based Franciscan friar Fr Mario Conte will accompany the two relics.
Fr Conte told the Irish Independent that the visit of the relics "is like the visit of a friend who has come to see people whom he holds dear".
They are to arrive at the Church of the Visitation in Fairview in Dublin at 6pm on Thursday.
From there they will visit Wexford, Dublin's Merchant Quay, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Dublin's Capuchins on Church Street, and Belfast.