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Visit of Pope Francis to Dublin on Saturday, the 25/8/18

As part of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, today it is announced that there will be opportunities for the public to see the Pope as he travels through Dublin City Centre on Saturday afternoon.

The Pontiff will be traveling in an open vehicle, aka ‘the Popemobile’, from the Pro Cathedral to the Capuchin Centre.

He is scheduled to leave Marlborough Street onto Cathal Brugha Street at around 16:15. After turning on to O’Connell Street, the Popemobile will cross the Liffey and travel down Westmoreland Street, past College Green and then continue up Dame Street. The Pope will pass Dublin Castle and City Hall, continuing up Lord Edward Street, High Street and Bridge Street, crossing back over the Liffey up Church Street before turning onto Bow Street and into the Capuchin Centre. The entire trip is expected to take 15-20 minutes approximately.

It is important to note that priority of access to the Church Street area, nearing the end of the route, is being given to local residents first.

There is also a series of universal access viewing points. These are:

O’Connell Street (near Parnell Street) ​​- 67 spaces (plus 67 carers)
O’Connell Street (near O’Connell Bridge) -​ 74 spaces (plus 74 carers)
College Green - ​​​​​282 spaces (plus 282 carers)
Jury’s Christchurch - ​​​​80 spaces (plus 80 carers)
Church Street - ​​​​​50 spaces (plus 50 carers)

For those who want to view the Pope as he travels in the Popemobile, the advice from event organisers is to come into Dublin city in good time. Stewards and security will guide you to the entry points. Random bag searches may take place at entry points. It is also advisable not to bring large bags. The guideline is to keep your bag size to around A4.

Event organisers are also advising both those wishing to attend this viewing opportunity and those getting around Dublin city centre for other business, to expect some delays, similar to the size and scale of St Patricks Day Festival.

For information on the necessary rolling road closures on Saturday will be updated as necessary on Saturday.

For traffic queries regarding the Pope's visit

Visit of Pope Francis | FAQ

Saturday 25th August 2018

Q:           Can I get to work in Dublin city centre?

A:            Yes, Dublin city centre is open for business as usual.

Due to scheduled appearances of the Pontiff, road closures will be in place around the city centre at different times. Motorists must follow all diversions.
The Luas Cross City route will not be operational during times of high pedestrian activity around the O’Connell Street and Dame Street areas.
All other public transport will be operating. A small number of routes will be diverted for a short time on Saturday afternoon.

Q:           What traffic restrictions apply for taxis on Saturday?

A:            Dublin city traffic will operate as normal apart for a short time on Saturday afternoon, where a small number of road restrictions will apply.

Please see link to Popemobile route in Dublin city centre.