Pil­grims warned to pre­pare for 14km treks

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Craig Hughes

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

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