5) Final Mass

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

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 will be 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.


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.

Read Pope Francis’ homily during the Final Mass of WMOF2015 in Philadelphia.