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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Issuing of Papal visit tickets delayed over concerns about number of people travelling by car

Around 500,000 people are expected to attend mass in the Phoenix Park on August 26.
Around 500,000 people are expected to attend mass in the Phoenix Park on August 26.
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

ORGANISERS of the Papal visit have delayed issuing tickets over concerns about the number of people travelling to the event by car.

Free public transport is to be offered to all attendees at the closing mass of the World Meeting of Families on August 26 and organisers have appealed for people to use public transport where possible.

Pope Francis is expected to address crowds of around 500,000 people in the park. The size of the crowd and the security arrangements necessary mean there is a significant logistical challenge for organisers.

Tickets were due to be issued on July 31, but this has now been pushed back to August 10 organisers said in an email to attendees.

“We had planned to email all tickets by 31 July, but we were unable to do so due to the large number of people who have indicated to us that they intend to travel to the event by car. The available infrastructure in Dublin cannot cater for all those who have indicated that they are coming by car,” the email reads.

“We have delayed the issue of tickets to 10 August so as we can finalise the colour coded routes based on the information we have received about where those attending are coming from.”

People planning to travel by bus or train have also been urged to book their tickets as the companies have indicated that many people have not yet booked their seats.

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