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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.



A number of road closures and traffic restrictions have been put in place arounf the capital in order to facilitate the Dublin Marathon this morning.

Around 20,000 people are expected to take part in the race which kicks off in three separate waves between 9.00am and 9.30am on Fitzwilliam Street.

Participants will set off through the city centre toward Phoenix Park before heading back south toward Templeogue and around UCD before eventually finishing at Merrion Square North.

You can take a look at the full route here.

Merrion Square North will be closed from 7pm on Friday 27th until 4.00pm on Monday 30th. Merrion Square South and Merrion Square East will each be closed from 6.00am on Saturday 28th until 8.00pm on Sunday 29th.

The bus lane on the N11 Stillorgan Road will close both ways between Fosters Avenue and Nutley Lane, but the main carriageway will remain open.

The Luas Green Line will see delays from just before the start of the race until around 9.30am, and the Red Line will see delays until 10.15am.

Most traffic restriction are expected to be lifted by this evening.

You can see a full list of road closures on theaa.ie.

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