Pope Francis Visit to Ireland 2018


Everything that you need to know about the Upcoming Papal Visit!

In 1979 over a  1/3 of the population of Ireland attended the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park. While  Pope Francis is unlikely to attract the same record-breaking crowds as his predecessor, the Papal Visit will still result in the largest gathering of people in 40 years! The massive influx of pilgrims will mean that roads in and leading to the Capital will be under siege.

First things first,  the Airport Hopper will be operating a service as normal.  ‘Hopper HQ has been advised that we will not experience any route diversions on both our Tallaght and our Maynooth Route.  Traffic will be extremely heavy.  Maynooth has been chosen as one of the Papal Transport Hubs. It is expected that in excess of 5,000 cars will avail of the Park and Ride Facility at NUI Maynooth. The Gardai are strongly advising people to leave their cars at home and take public transport. All Papal Mass Ticket holders are eligible for Free Transport. However, due to the ageing demographic of the Pilgrims, a large number of people will take their Cars and Traffic Congestion is inevitable.  Airport Hopper Passengers, please leave extra time to go to the Airport.  The inevitable traffic congestion due to the Papal Visit is out of our hands. We want to ensure that you make your flights. Take an earlier Airport  Hopper Service and treat yourself to a stress-free beverage or some retail therapy in Duty-Free!

The Itinerary for the Papal Visit is as follows:

Saturday 25th of August:  

  • Pope Francis will arrive at 10:30 am in Dublin Airport.
  • First up, he will meet President Michael D Higgins in the Áras an Úachtaráin  before meeting Political and Church Leaders in Dublin
  • He will give the first of his three planned speeches in Dublin Castle
  • From here he will go to St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and then onto the Capuchin Fathers day centre for homeless families on Arran Quay.
  • In the evening, the Pope will give an address around 70,000 people to the Festival of Families extravaganza at Croke Park.

Day 2  Sunday the 26th of August

  • The Pontiff will start off with a visit to the Marine shrine in Knock (and yes traffic restrictions will still apply in Dublin).
  • After flying back to  the Capital,  he will be the chief Celebrant in a mass  with an anticipated 500,000 people present at the site of the Papal Cross
  • From here, he will meet the Irish Bishops in Cabra before heading back to the Airport before a final ceremony at the Airport and his return flight to Rome

While the route of the Airport Hopper will not change,  it is expected that all of our routes will be impacted by traffic congestion. Save  20% off your fare and book early on the Airport Hopper.