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Special buses and trains for Pope Francis's visit to Republic

Pope Francis will visit in August (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini).

TRANSLINK are planning special bus and train transport for the Pope's visit to Ireland in August.

The company said yesterday that it was working with the National Transport Authority (NTA) in Dublin to develop a comprehensive transport system to get people to each of the Papal events.

They recommend that all passengers book their cross-border travel tickets online early as the demand is expected to be high and passengers should also be prepared to walk to and from the designated collection points.

A spokesperson for Translink warned that everyone travelling to or from Dublin or Dublin Airport should allow extra time for their journeys, as roads are expected to be busy.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Republic for two days on August 25 and 26.

During his visit he will attend the World Meeting of Families event at the RDS in Dublin, which is held every three years by the Catholic Church.

Other papal events include a private visit to the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless families, celebratory Mass in Phoenix Park and his visit to the Knock shrine in Co Mayo.

A dedicated web page has been set up where the public can buy tickets online, find useful links for journey planning and other general advice.

In addition, anyone who is planning an event and requires bus private hire over this weekend, should register their interest online by the end of June.

Full details of the special transport arrangements will be released on the Translink website in early July.

For further information visit www.translink.co.uk/popeinireland/

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