5) Final Mass

Final Mass for World Meeting of Families 2018 (Sunday 26th August 2018)

Click here to access Pope Francis addresses, texts and homilies during his Apostolic Visit to Ireland for WMOF2018.

Photo Credit: Maxwell Photography for WMOF2018

Photo Credit: Maxwell Photography for WMOF2018

The World Meeting of Families concludes with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration that will gather individuals and families from all around the world in thanksgiving and communion. The Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin and the next diocese to host the event in conjunction with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced. 

The main celebrant for the Final Mass will be Pope Francis. At the weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on 21 March, the Holy Father announced that he will attend WMOF2018 and take part in the Festival of Families in Croke Park (25th August) and the Final Mass in the Phoenix Park (26th August). The Mass will start at 3 pm. 

Attendance to this event is free and ticketed. Though there will be no charge for the tickets, every person in attendance will require a ticket to access the venue. 

For those interested in attending

There will be hundreds of thousands of people from across Ireland and abroad attending this event. For your safety and comfort, it is essential that you are aware of the following before committing to attending this Mass.

Checklist for attending Pope Francis Mass in Phoenix Park

To ensure that all those attending the mass have a clear view, please do not bring large banners, umbrellas, outdoor furniture, etc. See images of acceptable furniture below. 

Pedestrians only are allowed into the Phoenix Park - No bikes, motorbikes, horses, horse drawn carriages. Rickshaws, dogs, skateboards, skates etc.)

  • Plan your journey as private cars will be restricted within the control zones.
  • Use public transport, it is free of charge in Dublin areas when you produce your ticket. 
  • Pre-book your bus or train tickets.
  • It is recommended you allow plenty of time to get to venue. 
  • Have your ticket and ensure each individual in your group has and retains their ticket in case you get separated. 
  • Allow plenty of time, there are several rest areas provided on each route into the Phoenix park. 
  • Gardaí, Defence Forces, HSE staff, and volunteers are available to assist you along the routes.
  • There are toilets and medical / baby changing facilities along the walking routes.
  • Approach and depart the Phoenix Park using the route gates outlined on your ticket, follow the signs and advice of stewards. 
  • Plan to arrive by 2.00pm. Mass begins at 3pm. Mass will be over at 5.00pm.
  • Mobile phone services may not be available and you should have meeting points prepared in advance in case you get separated.
  • Bring a power bank / portable charger for your mobile if possible.
  • It is likely to be several hours before some people walk back to the transport hubs. Each member of your group should know what transport hub they need to return to.
  • Bring suitable clothing as you may be standing for a long period (shoes for walking and rain jackets if the weather is inclement). 
  • Bring and take prescribed drugs in accordance with medical advice throughout the day. 
  • Be patient and follow the signs and directions of the stewards.     

For further details, visit www.garda.ie or www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/pope-in-ireland

Getting around Dublin if you are not attending

Dublin City will be open for business on Sunday 26 August. This is a major event and there will be significant diversions and restrictions throughout Dublin City. Details of specific road closures and other restrictions will be available shortly.

Public transport
Detailed information on the regular transport services that will be affected will be available on www.transportforIreland.ie .

Driving in Dublin City
If you are planning on using your car to access Dublin City on Sunday 26 August 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 from 6am to 11pm on the Sunday 26 August, and pay attention to restrictions in place on the day.

Details of the roads and streets that will be affected will appear in due course on dublincity.ie, garda.ie and theaa.ie.

The event will have an impact on local residents and businesses. We are aiming to ensure that any disruption to businesses and individuals is minimised as much as possible.

Necessary alternative arrangements are being developed and will be communicated to those impacted well in advance.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about the Phoenix Park event.


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