TRAVEL & TRAFFIC ADVICE FOR PAPAL VISIT

If you're going to see the Pope, disregard your Sat-Nav and follow local diversions

Michael Daly

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Michael Daly

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michael.daly@donegaldemocrat.com

If you're going to see the Pope, disregard your Sat-Nav and follow local diversions

People from Donegal heading off to see the Pope this weekend are advised to disregard instructions and follow the local diversions signs instead.

Thouands have opted for bus transport, but many others will make the journey to Dublin or Knock by car and you are urged to allow ample additional time as there will be road closures and restricted access.

45,000 people are estimated to be heading to Knock Shrine to see the Pontiff on his two day visit to Ireland.

Tickets for all three events this weekend are sold out so people are being asked not to travel to Croke Park, Knock or the Phoenix Park if they do not have a ticket.

Those travelling to the mass in Phoenix Park can avail of free public transport in the Greater Dublin Area by presenting their ticket and Gardaí are urging all attending the Mass to enter and leave via the Colour coded route as outlined as on their tickets.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis is due to arrive at Ireland West Airport at 9:20am tomorrow (Sunday) morning from where he will depart for Knock Shrine.

To accommodate this, the centre of Knock Village will be closed from 6pm this (Saturday) evening and the N17 will also be closed from midnight until at least 6pm tomorrow evening between Charlestown and Claremorris.

Ireland West Airport is advising passengers and those collecting passengers to allow extra time for their journey.