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Our social media feeds have been flooded with talk of Pope Francis' arrival this weekend, and we can't cope with anymore news about it.

But whether we plan to attend The World Meeting of Families or not, the whole city will be affected by the masses drawn to the Catholic figurehead.

Due to the large crowds, the city will be enforcing road closures throughout city centre for security’s sake.

Pope Francis will arrive in Ireland tomorrow, August 25th, around 10:30am, and will be staying until Sunday evening. He plans to do some sight seeing and attend to papal duties before he leads mass and visits with the Irish public. Tickets have already sold out to attend the holy mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday.

If you are one of those lucky enough to have snagged tickets, then there will be free transport (with presentation of your ticket) in the greater Dublin area on August 25th. There will no carpark near the event, but you can get to Phoenix park by any of the following routes:

If you aren’t able to attend but still want to catch a glimpse of the pope, you can follow his route while he is in Dublin. His full day itinerary can be found here.

Because of his widespread travel around the city, Gardaí will be closing down specific roads and have warned the public to be aware of the altered public transport routes this weekend.

So what roads will be closed?

Most of the main roads in city centre will be closed on Saturday from 12pm-4:30pm, including O’Connell St, Westmoreland St, Abbey St, Henry St, Dame St, Nassau St, and areas of the quays.

Sunday will see even longer road closures during the entire day from 6am-11pm. These closed roads include those surrounding the park: Navan Rd, Chapelizod Hill Rd, JFK Dr, Kylemore Park, most of the quays, and many more.

For a full list of road closures, click here.

We recommend planning to walk everywhere if you leave the house on Sunday.

Sounds like the perfect hangover day to recover from the Saturday night sesh.


Ireland was in the throws of Ed fever three months ago, when tickets for the singer's Irish stadium tour went on sale.

The red-haired musician is playing a grand total of seven shows around Ireland, three of which are in Phoenix Park, Dublin. 


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According to The Irish Independent, members of Fingal County Council have requested an urgent meeting with Dublin City Council.

The residents concerns over the gigs will be raised, and the meeting will focus on potentially moving them to another location in the park, rather than at the Ashtown Gate entrance of the park where they are due to be held. 

Local residents were reportedly not consulted about the concerts. 


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'If they have it in a more central location, for example the monument or the 15 acres, near the Papal Cross, It will be at least controllable," councillor Howard Mahoney said at a meeting of Fingal County Council.

'It's a bit like Garth Brooks. We're not objecting to the thing taking place, we just feel there is a more suitable location for it.'

'It's a huge inconvenience for residents.' 



The country was in shock yesterday when Dublin Zoo took to Facebook with some tragic news.

Their beloved silverback male gorilla, Harry, had died aged just 29.

Zoo workers and visitors have been revealing their memories of the ape in the aftermath – and now one Dublin photographer has also shared one remarkably touching moment.

Anthony Lynch posted on his Facebook page a snap which seems to show a large gorilla head 'kissing' the famed Phoenix Park obelisk.

In a message with has now garnered some 25,000 reactions, the photographer wrote: "I was sitting in my car waiting for the sun to set behind the Phoenix monument and looking through fb when I seen that Harry the gorilla had died after years in Dublin Zoo which I happened to be outside."

"Maybe I'm staring at the sun too long but does anyone else see a gorilla kissing goodbye to the phoenix park monument?"

Many fans were in agreement – with the incredible snap currently doing the rounds on social media.

The exact cause of Harry's death is still unknown, but Dublin Zoo says it is carrying out a postmortem shortly.


January's nearly over, so if you've managed to stay on track with even one of your many New Year's fitness resolutions, we give you full permission to start feeling smug about it.

But motivating yourself to get out and exercise in the lashing rain is no mean feat, which is why we're loving the premise behind Dublin's newest running club.

Dublin Kickers RC is the brainchild of Oran Bambrick, a keen runner who saw a niche for a "non-intimidating, welcoming and fun" way to train with other people in the city centre.

"When I was living in New York I joined a club called North Brooklyn Runners which was a really similar idea," he explains to SHEmazing.

"It was free and totally volunteer led, and there were runs for people of all abilities."

Oran's starting Dublin Kickers off with four weekly runs, including a Saturday Morning Coffee Run in the Phoenix Park, a handy option for both new and experienced runners.

"You can head along and do a 3k, 5k or 7k run with the group and we'll all meet up for a coffee afterwards.

"If you're a total beginner I'd definitely suggest coming along for a few sessions over a couple of weeks and trying it all out."

There will also be themed runs throughout the year including a Lonely Hearts Run closer to Valentine's Day "where we're just gonna run in a heart shape through Dublin city," says Oran "…and, eh, chat about shifting and stuff."

Getting fit while hearing other people's relationship horror stories? We're in.

More details on runs and races can be found on the Dublin Kickers website and on Facebook, or you can head along to the first run this Saturday Jan 30 at 9am.


We always fancied ourselves as rather adapt polo players.

Something about all that champagne and Pimm’s and jolly-good fun seems to appeal hugely.

It’s a little Pretty Woman when she wears the amazing polka-dot dress and on-fleek Nineties white gloves; it’s a lot Prince Harry racing around on a noble steed giving us the eye during occasional breaks in play.

And it seems that polo events are not just for royalty (cinematic, aristocratic or otherwise).

Because at the All Ireland Polo Club on the grounds of the Phoenix Park, there are plenty of good-natured equine larks to be had.

Case in point: the glamorous Pink Polo In The Park event, which was successfully held last week.

Glamorous guests, all of whom were supporting Breast Cancer Ireland, comprised of the likes of Michelle Harrison, Norah Casey, Leigh Arnold, Roisin Tierney Crowe, and Gavin Duffy.

Watching the polo from the comfort of a marquee. they were treated to on-pitch action from a talented Irish squad who played against Team Canada… and we’re glad to report that Ireland emerged victorious in a fast-paced show of horsemanship.

The day had began with a pink prosecco reception followed by a sumptuous three-course luncheon prepared and served by the team from the swish Tinakilly House.

TV presenters and stylist entrepreneurs Darren Kennedy and Cathy O’Connor judged the keenly-fought best dressed competition, which was eventually won by Naomi Mulderry and Eoin Likely – both of whom received prizes from Harvey Nichols, Louis Copeland and Ireland’s Blue Book


Lovely lunch with Claire Bear! Thank you #pinkpolointhepark #breastcancerireland

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In the second match of the day, Team Breast Cancer Ireland narrowly beat Team Nissan with a score of 6-5 and afterwards CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, presented beautiful Galway Crystal trophies to both teams.

During the afternoon, guests furthermore enjoyed a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception and once all the excitement in the park was over, teams and guests were brought to Residence on St Stephen's Green in a cavalcade of Nissan cars for the after-party celebrations.

Certainly, it was a fitting end to the summer polo season and raised much-needed funds for the charity. And in the meantime, roll on the 2016 season, we say! Now, where did we leave our white gloves…

You can also view the Breast Cancer Ireland website here for more detail on forthcoming events and fundraising efforts.



There was a little bit of California in Ireland today – and not just because of the sunshine. 

Yes, Dublin Zoo's adorable Californian sea lions moved into their new home: a stunning deep saltwater habitat just perfect for the marine mammals. 

And visitors to the attraction will be given a great shot of all the action too: an underground viewing chamber allows you to see the sea lions swimming underwater.

The colony at the Zoo currently consists of three females, Cassie, aged seven, Florence, six, and nine-year-old Seanna, as well as one male, Nico, who is three. It is envisaged that the colony will grow to approximately eight animals over the next few years.

The animal is found on the west coast of North America – from the US down to Mexico. Although females weigh-in at 100kg, males can grow to a hefty 350kg.

President Michael D Higgins, a fellow Phoenix Park resident, was on-hand to officially launch the exhibit this morning. He was accompanied by his wife, Sabina. 

Dublin Zoo director Leo Oosterweghel also said: “Every detail of this wonderful saltwater habitat has been considered carefully with the needs of the sea lions in mind and always inspired by their natural habitat. 

"This new home should encourage them to continue breeding and to encourage their natural behaviours giving visitors an amazing insight into sea lion behaviour."

For the last four years Dublin Zoo, which runs on a not-for-profit basis, has attracted more than a million annually a year making it one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions.