Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Knock in August 2018

Posted in Connect on July 27, 2018.

Leave your car at home for the Pope Francis Angelus

Thursday 26 July – Today the National Transport Authority (NTA), An Gardaí Síochána and public transport operators outlined the comprehensive transportation plan and road closure system to be put in place for the Visit of Pope Francis. The Pontiff visits Dublin and Knock on the weekend of 25 and 26 August on the invitation of the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Knock Event (Sunday 26 August)
Road Closures in place from 6pm, Saturday 25th

From 6pm on Saturday the centre of Knock Village will be closed (except to residents). The N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris will be closed from 12 midnight on Saturday until at least 3pm on Sunday.

For those who live and work near Knock, a business and community liaison team is in place to handle queries, working closely with Claremorris Garda Station.

Travel by private coach or carpool to and from the event

Join a parish or community coach group or carpool where possible, as car park spaces are limited and may be some walking distance from the Shrine. Coaches have a designated parking area on the N17. This will result in the shortest distance to walk to and from the Knock Shrine via a short walkway.

Coaches organised by groups of ticket holders do not need to register before the event.  Such coaches will automatically be directed to the designated coach parking area on the N17 by An Garda Síochána/Stewards.  Coach group organisers MUST ensure that all coach passengers hold tickets for the event at Knock Shrine as non-ticket holders will not be permitted to access the area.

There is a considerable walk from the car parks due to the size, scale and location of the event and there will be no shuttle bus facility available between car parks and the event site. If cars are necessary, carpooling and car sharing is essential.  Car parking location details will be included on event tickets which will be posted to ticket holders closer to the date of the event. 

Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann will be providing public transport for this event. A bus shuttle service will operate from Claremorris train station to take people to Knock shrine.  For those who have a ticket for the event, the bus shuttle service will be free.

Please note there are no public viewing opportunities at Knock Airport

It will not be possible for the public to view Pope Francis arriving or departing due to security limitations.

Those flying into and out of Ireland West Airport Knock on Sunday will have some access with strict limitations.  Only those named on airline passenger lists and those transporting named passengers will be able to access the airport between 12 midnight on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

Outbound passengers in particular are advised to allow more travel time than usual as there will be a number of security checks on airport access routes.

Information updated on a regular basis on, which will direct you to all the main information website pages.

For further information and to set up interviews and please contact the following:


An Garda Síochána 

01 666 2032

Bus Éireann

John Sheridan

087 250 4135


World Meeting of Families 2018

Brenda Drumm

087 310 4444 


Claremorris Garda Station,
Mount Street,
Co. Mayo+353 94 9372080


Iarnród Éireann

Barry Kenny

087 238 1224



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