A Half-Million People Buy Tickets To Pope's Mass In Phoenix Park

Anyone hoping to see Pope Francis in Phoenix Park had better act as fast as an incredible 480,000 tickets have already been snapped up, according to organisers.  Just 20,000 remaining tickets for the much-anticipated event are still available. 

      Dublin's Phoenix Park

     Dublin's Phoenix Park

It’s the first Irish papal visit for almost 40 years.

His tour includes events at Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Croke Park and Knock.

All 45,000 tickets for the visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine were allocated within hours of being released, while tickets for the Croke Park event have also been snapped up.

Organisers from the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) said the response has been "overwhelming" and are encouraging mass-goers to get their tickets before they're all gone.

"The request for tickets for all the World Meeting of Families 2018 events has been overwhelming by any standards," said Brenda Drumm, media and communications manager at the World Meeting of Families.

"Within a 48-hour period almost 400,000 tickets for Phoenix Park alone have been booked. Bookings for Phoenix Park this morning are at 480,000, meaning we have just 20,000 tickets left."

All 45,000 tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock were snapped up almost immediately.  Tickets for the pastoral congress in the RDS are also sold out. 

According to organisers, the WMOF received 37,000 registrations from 114 countries across the globe for the RDS event, and the congress will see a high amount of young people in attendance.

"Most of these are young parents with children," Mrs. Drumm said.

"We have 6,000 under-18s coming to the RDS alone.  This is the highest registration of this age group for any World Meeting to date."  The Pope is appealing to Millennials at an astonishing rate.

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