Tickets for Pope Francis' visit to Knock Shrine are sold out
The tickets for Pope Francis' trip to Ireland went live on Monday morning.
Thousands of tickets for a series of events to do with Pope Francis' visit to Ireland later this summer went live on Monday morning and have received unprecedented attention resulting in a large sum of the tickets already selling out.
The Pope will arrive in Ireland on Saturday 25 August, marking the first papal visit to the country since Pope John Paul II in 1979. He will stay for two days.
The main purpose of His Holiness' visit is to attend the Catholic World Meeting of Families in Dublin's Croke Park and to celebrate the closing mass of the gathering at the capital's Phoenix Park.
He will also make an appearance at the Knock Shrine while in the country. Tickets to all of the events are free, but all of those wishing to attend must present a ticket.
JOE spoke to World Meeting of Families' spokesperson Brenda Drumm, who informed us that tickets have been flying out the door.
"All the tickets for anything to do with the Pope in Ireland this year are free. They went live at 5am this morning, both for Knock – which had a capacity of 45,000 tickets – and Phoenix Park – which had 500,000 tickets.
"Knock is booked out as of 9.10am this morning. We won't get an update on Phoenix Park until lunchtime."
When asked whether Drumm had any indication on how ticket sales were doing for the Phoenix Park event, she responded "very, very strong."
Tickets for the Pope's mass at Phoenix Park are still available through the online application system here. Tickets are free, but you will be prompted to make a donation once you submit your application.
His full itinerary when in Ireland can be seen here.
The Irish Government have estimated that they will spend roughly €1.2 million on the visit. This amount will cover temporary public address systems, CCTV cameras and radio communications during the Pope's time here.