About 600 people from Wexford will travel on organised trips, but as many more will make individual journeys to Dublin for Pope Francis’ Mass in Phoenix Park and the concert in Croke Park on Sunday, and An Garda Siochana is asking everyone to familiarise themselves with temporary traffic regulations in force for this special occasion.
Leave your car at home, public or private coaches will minimise the walking. There is no car park near the venue where attendees will be able to park up and walk to the event.
From 6 am until 11.59 pm on Sunday, August 26th, there will be significant road closures in place surrounding the Phoenix Park.
Specific information regarding the road closures is available on the relevant Local Authority websites i.e. Dublin City, Fingal and South County Dublin County Councils – web sites.
Information is also available on the Government’s Papal Visit Website ‘gov.ie’; this website ‘gov.ie’ also provides information regarding expected walking distances to the Phoenix Park on the date in question.
An Garda Síochána are urging the following:
Leave your car at home
Take public transport to and from the event or use private coaches
If travelling within Dublin walk to the transport hubs
Be prepared to walk on the day and suitable footwear is recommended
Your mobile phone may run out of battery, please arrange meeting points in the event you become separated
Those who have booked a ticket and indicated they would like to travel by car will be contacted next week by the World Meeting of Families.
Public transport is ready to take you to and from Phoenix Park on Sunday:
The National Transport Authority has put in place a robust transport plan to cater for everyone attending the event from across the island, including those travelling from the South-East counties.
Tim Gaston Director of Public Transport Services, NTA said, “Every bus, train and tram is being used for this event and for the safety of the travelling public if you have a ticket for the Phoenix Park, you will be allowed to travel for free within Dublin on the day of the event.”
Each operator Iarnrod Éireann, Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann and Go-Ahead will commence services from early morning especially for those travelling from outside of Dublin.
There is an extensive range of public transport options available to get to and from the Phoenix Park, including:
Free travel on all public transport within Dublin for Sunday 26 August.
250,000 journeys available from Iarnród Éireann across Intercity, DART and Commuter services.
Bus Éireann will be operating a weekday service throughout the country to bring people to the event. In excess of 30,000 passenger journeys can be made on the day on Bus Éireann.
Dublin Bus have created 7 dedicated Papal transport hubs which will take you in close proximity to the gates of the park. Almost 1,000 Dublin Buses will be available to get people to and from the Mass and over 400,000 journeys will be provided.
Special Park & Ride hubs for this event have been created in a number of locations where people can park up and then take public transport to and from the event. These are Leopardstown Racecourse (Luas), UCD Belfield (Dublin Bus), Maynooth University (train) and Fairyhouse Racecourse (train).
The LUAS Red and Green line will be operating a 6-10 minute frequency throughout the day.
There will be a LUAS Stop operating at the Leopardstown racecourse for the first time.
Go-Ahead Ireland is providing shuttle buses to help with the transport requirements for the Papal Mass, using 40 double deck vehicles.
For those travelling from outside Dublin, the National Transport Authority asks that you please pre-book your train or bus ticket or private coach. This is especially for those who have indicated to the World Meeting of Families that they intend to travel by train or bus but have yet to book their ticket.
There will be a secure area around Dublin, starting at the M50 from 6 am to 11pm on Sunday, August 26th. If you are planning on using your car to access Dublin City on Sunday then you should be aware that there will be diversions/road closures and other restrictions in place on the day.
You will need to leave plenty of time for any journeys to and across Dublin City and pay attention to restrictions in place on the day.
There will also be rolling restrictions on Saturday, August 25th, as Pope Francis visits a number of locations in Dublin city centre, which will be announced soon.
Garda Superintendent Thomas Murphy said; “This is the largest event Ireland has organised in nearly 40 years. It simply will not be possible to accommodate all the people who have indicated they want to travel by car to the Mass. Therefore, we are urging people to go by train, bus, coach or Luas to this event. While walking is inevitable, you will be minimising your walk to and from the event by taking public transport or private coaches.”