Saturday 21 January 2017

It's been a while since our last Papal visit...someone should warn him we've changed

John Daly

Published 28/05/2016 | 02:30

Pope Francis is set to make a visit to Ireland Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Pope Francis is set to make a visit to Ireland Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Did anybody think to send Il Papa a Rulebook for the New Ireland? With Pope Francis now a likely visitor to our shores in 2018, it might be a good idea to bring him up to speed on how things have changed.

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After all, it's been almost 40 years since John Paul II's visit in 1979, and we're really not the same folk we used to be, at all at all.

For starters, it might not be a good idea for him to be kissing the tarmac at Dublin Airport as there will be at least six Ryanair flights backed up on the apron packed with eager punters heading off to hen nights in Bristol, dirty weekends in Oslo and cut-price apartments in Bulgaria. And while we'll no doubt turn out in big numbers to welcome His Holiness, it's highly unlikely that the Phoenix Park will be turned into the world's biggest AirBnB a second time around.

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