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Tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock booked out in just four hours

Francis will visit Ireland for two days in August.

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TICKETS FOR POPE Francis’ visit to Knock Shrine in Mayo have been booked out, just four hours after they became available.

In total, 45,000 tickets were available for the Pope’s visit to the holy site. They were free of charge and became available at 5am this morning online, before being quickly snapped up.

Earlier, at just prior to 8am the queue on the World Meeting of Families (the event for which Pope Francis is visiting, stretching from 21 to 26 August) website was some 50 minutes long. Subsequently the tickets site froze.

However, the queue later righted itself and wait times are down to just a minute.

The site itself had gone live at 5am this morning. Pope Francis will be in Ireland for two days, 25 and 26 August.

500,000 tickets were available for the mass in the Phoenix Park, and it is believed that a number are still available for this event – but they are quickly being booked.

It is not possible to book tickets for both events, both in Dublin and at Knock Shrine.

All children are also required to have a ticket.

Speaking to RTÉ Morning Ireland earlier, communications manager with the World Meeting of Families Brenda Drumm said that demand for tickets is “strong”, and that several thousand for the final mass in the Phoenix Park on 26 August had already been snapped up.

She said that there has been substantial interest from abroad in securing tickets also.

Tickets for all events are available here

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