RTÉ captured this lovely moment between a Garda and the public at the Pope's visit in Knock 3 months ago

RTÉ captured this lovely moment between a Garda and the public at the Pope's visit in Knock

Fair play to him...

There's a joyous atmosphere down in Knock today as thousands of people have shown up to see Pope Francis address the crowd.

It's only a flying visit as he pops down before going back to Dublin on Sunday afternoon to say mass in the Phoenix Park in what is expected to be in front of a crowd of over half a million people.

While waiting for Pope Francis to arrive at the shrine from Ireland West Airport, the RTÉ cameras panned around the crowd and came across a nice moment between a member of An Garda Síochana and some of the assembled crowd.

His name is Garda John Coen and he was being kind to a wonderful little boy called Joseph.

This is lovely...

Sunday, 26 August

  • Pope Francis will travel to the Knock Shrine for 9.45am.
  • He will then travel back to Dublin for his Phoenix Park mass at 2.30pm.
  • Finally, the pontiff will depart Ireland at 6.30pm with a farewell ceremony in Dublin Airport.

For those of you who can't make it to the public events, the whole weekend will be broadcast live across a number of Irish TV stations. Full details here.