Pilgrims warned to prepare for 14km treks
PEOPLE are being warned they face a long and gruelling journey to get a glimpse of the Pope in the Phoenix Park – with up to nine hours of walking and a potential trek of 14km. The journey will involve significant walks to and from the Mass with pilgrims being warned to expect treks of between 4km and 7km. Designated rest zones will be positioned at regular intervals at the transport hubs, as will medical facilities, toilets, baby changing facilities and food stalls.
The event is not seated so pilgrims will be standing for some time.
However, portable seating will be allowed into the venue.
Organisers are advising elderly people to talk to their doctor or other health professional if they are unsure they are capable of making the journey.
Facilities will be provided for people with accessibility issues and their carers.
A dedicated ticket application process will be put in place for those who require special facilities and volunteers will be on hand throughout the park to help those in attendance.
TIME REQUIRED TO ARRIVE AT AND LEAVE THE PAPAL MASS AT PHOENIX PARK