Tickets FAQs

Tickets and Registration Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need a ticket to attend any event of WMOF2018?
Yes, every person who wishes to attend, both adults and children, need to register for WMOF2018. All events require a ticket for entry. Some events are free while some are subject to a fee but tickets are needed for all events. 

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How do I book a ticket to attend World Meeting of Families 2018?
World Meeting of Families’ events will require a ticket and you will need to complete a registration form on our website to have access to tickets.

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Is there a fee to attend WMOF2018?
All events require tickets; some events will be free; others will be subject to a fee. The Festival of Families and the Final Mass are free ticketed events. There is a fee for adults to attend the Congress from 22-24 August in the RDS; this fee includes guarenteed access to the free tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass. Childrens tickets are free and must be booked. Information on how to access single event free tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass is not available at the moment. 

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What is the fee to attend the Congress from 22nd to 24th August? 

The fees for the Congress vary by type of registration: 

  • 5 day adult tickets range from €68 online to €78 on the day (3 day Congress registration, Festival of Family and Final Mass tickets.)
  • 1 day adult tickets range from €38 online to €43 on the day. (1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.)
  • Single day Concession (for pensioners, unwaged & students over 18) range from €33 online to €38 on the day. (1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.)
  • Tickets for children under 18 years of age are free but registration with a family group/group is required. (5 day or 1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.) 


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What types of registrations are available?

There are five types of registration:

  • Family Group (at least one adult, any number of children)
  • Individual Adult Registration
  • Bishop/Cardinal Registration
  • Priest/Deacon Registration
  • Group Registration (Parish/Diocese, Organisation)


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Will there be any special prices for pensioners and students to attend the Congress?
Yes, there are special prices available for students over 18 years if age, as well as pensioners. Single day concessions to the Congress will be discounted. Children under 18 years of age are free but registration with a family group/group is required. The following is a full list of the registration prices:

  • 5 day adult tickets range from €68 online to €78 on the day (3 day Congress registration, Festival of Family and Final Mass tickets.)
  • 1 day adult tickets range from €38 online to €43 on the day. (1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.)
  • Single day Concession (for pensioners, unwaged & students over 18) range from €33 online to €38 on the day. (1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.)
  • Tickets for children under 18 years of age are free but registration with a family group/group is required. (5 day or 1 day Congress registration, Festival of Families - subject to availability - and Final Mass tickets.) 

 
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If I am a bishop, a priest or a deacon, do I need to register to attend any of the events?
Yes, everyone needs a ticket. Bishops, priests and deacons need a ticket to attend any of the events of World Meeting of Families 2018. There is a separate registration for clergy as they will need to be accredited in order to exercise any sacred ministry at WMOF2018. If you are a member of the clergy, you will also be required to upload a photo, so that you can be issued with a pass which allows the level of access you will require. Full information will be emailed to you once you have registered in the appropriate category. See further below for information on clergy that wishes to be registered as part of a group.

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If I am working in the media, do I need to register to attend any of the events?
Members of the media who wish to cover WMOF2018 events and have access to our daily media briefings will require media accreditation. Details about media accreditation will be available at a later date. Please send us an email if you are interested in being informed when this goes live: media@worldmeeting2018.ie. 

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Can I register as part of a group?
Yes, if you wish to register with your family or as a parish, diocesan or organisation group, someone in your group should register all the participants together. 

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Can we register as a family?
Yes, there is a family registration link available. A family registration is one or more adults and any number of children. The fee is calculated based on the individual adult fees and children under 18 years of age listed will be free. 

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How many people constitute a “group” booking and what other requirements must a group meet?
A group is one or more adults and any number of children up to any size, for example a parish group.  The fee is calculated based on the individual adult fees and children under 18 years of age listed will be free.

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Are there any group discounts tickets for the events that require a fee available?
There are no group discounts available, but we have worked hard to keep the prices low for adults and free for children to allow as many people as possible to attend the WMOF2018 Congress. 

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How do I register a group and book accommodation for it?
There is a full range of accommodation listed on the accommodation section of our website. Have a look at the page and, when you are ready to book, you can go to the registration page on our website and select “Register Now” next to “Group Registration.” Accommodation requirements can be listed at time of registration and will be made through the same booking form. Alternatively, groups and families can contact the Tickets and Accommodations Office to book their accommodation.

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If a bishop, priest or deacon wants to go as part of a group, does he register with the clergy registration or the group registration?
When registering a group, the group leader will be able to select that there is a member of the clergy within the group. The group leader will be given further instruction on how to proceed with the clergy registration as there are further details required for this type of registration.

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Is there a booking deadline? 
All events require tickets; some events will be free; others will be subject to a fee. As some events have limited availability due to the venue capacity and we are already experiencing demand for tickets, we recommend that you book as soon as possible. Online registration will close as soon as all the tickets are sold. Online registration is a lower rate and will close in June 2018 or earlier if capacities are reached. On the day registration will only be available for the Congress subject to availability on that day. 

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How can I book accommodation?
Accommodation can be booked at time of registration and will be made through the same booking form. More accommodation information can be found here. Alternatively, groups and families can contact the Registration and Accommodations Office to book their accommodation. We have secured special limited accommodation rates for groups and individuals registering for WMOF2018.

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Will there be a possibility to stay in host family homes? How do I avail of this option?
We are in the process of asking Irish Families to offer accommodation to visiting pilgrims. Further information will be made available at a later date. We cannot guarantee what numbers of volunteers will be able to offer accommodation at this point. This could be quite limited.

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I'd like to visit places in Ireland. Are there tour options that I can book? 
Tour options will be made available through WMOF2018 registration and accommodation office. They can offer information on options around the country to meet your needs.

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Are flights included in the registration fee?
No, flights are not included in WMOF2018 registration fee.

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Is accommodation included in the registration fee?
The price of accommodation is not included in the registration fees. However, you can book accommodation at time of registration through the same booking form. Alternatively, groups and families can contact the Tickets and Accommodations Office to book their accommodation.

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Are lunch and dinner included in the Congress registration fee?
No, we have kept registration low and have not included meals with Congress registration. However, various options for lunch will be available to buy for cash at the Congress venue or you can pre purchase vouchers for lunch to the value of €10 per lunch per day. Hotel bookings through our site will include breakfast and there is a wide range of dinner options in the city. 

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I want to attend WMOF2018 but I cannot pay the fees, can I participate all the same?
While all events require tickets, some events are free of charge. If you cannot afford the cost of those that require a fee, such as the three day Congress, please contact the bishop’s office in your diocese to see if there are any funds available in your country for these circumstances. WMOF2018 has very limited funds available for this purpose and will only be able to deal with requests received from the Episcopal Conferences from around the world. If you are in Ireland, please contact your diocesan representative.

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I have paid the booking fee but I will not be able to go, will I be able to be refunded?
 
Registration/ticket cancellation policies are as follows:  

  • Up to the 31st March 2018: Full refund less administration fee of €20 per person.
  • From the 1st April to 31st May 2018: 50% cancellation fee applies plus administration fee of €20 per person.
  • Cancellations after 1st June 2018: No refund.


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I have paid my accommodation but I will not be able to go, will I be able to be refunded?
Our Registration and Accommodation Office is run by Abbey Tours. Booking for accommodation and the terms and conditions are with Abbey Tours and not with WMOF2018. We have worked with Abbey Tours to get the best terms and conditions and cancellation policies that are possible within the Irish accommodation market.

Individual Hotel Bookings: 
  • Cancellations up to 31st March: Full refund of hotel deposit payment less administration fee of 10% of deposit payment. 
  • Cancellations from 1st April to 31st May 2018: 50% cancellation fee applies of full booking.
  • Cancellations after 1st June 2018: No refund.

Group Hotel Bookings 
  • Cancellations up to 31st March: Full refund of hotel deposit payment less administration fee of 25% (of scheduled deposit).
  • Cancellations from 1st April to 31st May 2018: 50% cancellation fee applies (of the scheduled deposit).
  • Cancellations after 1st June 2018: No refund.

Touring Family / Group Bookings
  • In the event of an entire group cancellation up to 120 days prior to the Commencement Date, no cancellation fees will be applied.  
  • In the event of an entire group cancellation less than 120 days but more than 60 days prior to the Commencement Date, cancellation fees could be approximately 50% of the total cost. 
  • In the event of an entire group cancellation less than 60 days but more than 14 days prior to the Commencement Date, cancellation fees could be up to 100% of the total cost.
  • In the event of “No Show” of individual tour participants, the company reserves the right to apply up to 100% cancellation fee


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I do not have access to a computer, is there any other way that I can book to attend WMOF2018?
Please note you must have an email address to book. If you do not have an email address, perhaps a friend or family member can allow you to use theirs. We need an email address where we can send your booking confirmation. We cannot send you your booking confirmation by post. We will also email you details where you can collect your pilgrim pack and badge for the Congress if you have booked for this event and your registration includes these items. 

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Can a child register on their own?
No, entry for children under 18 is free but they must be registered as part of a family or group; they cannot register on their own.

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Are the online booking forms securely protected?
Yes, the online booking forms are securely protected and accessed through a secure connection.

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How will I receive my confirmation booking for the WMOF2018 Congress?
You will receive a confirmation of your booking via email and will be able to collect your registration pack at the Congress venue when you bring this along. You will also receive your pre booked ticket for the Festival of Families and Final Mass. Information for booking and access to single tickets for Festival of Families or Final Mass only is currently not available.

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Will each group member get their own booking confirmation, or will there be one booking confirmation per group?
There will be one confirmation booking issued per group. The group leader will be required to collect the packs and badges for all the group and distribute them among its members. Group leaders will be emailed the details for how they can pick up the packs and badges for their group. 

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My registration for the Congress includes a pilgrim pack, when will I receive this?
If your registration includes a pilgrim pack, you will receive yours, along with your badge upon handing in your confirmation when you arrive on the first day. 

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Can pilgrim packs be bought separately?
No, pilgrim packs will be handed out to those who have registered for the full five day ticket. 

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Can I book a single day? 
You can book for 5 days or a single day to attend the Congress. However there are no single day tickets to attend the Festival of Families or the Final Mass on their own at this stage. Further information will be given in relation to this in the future.

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The online booking form is not working for me. / I have more questions about the registration process. 
If you are having difficulties with your booking or further questions, please contact the Registration and Accommodations Office.

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