Bus Eireann has announced it will operate additional services on the 26th August for the visit of Pope Francis to Dublin and Knock Shrine.

Over half a million people are expected in the Phoenix Park that day where the Pope will celebrate Mass, and Gardai are urging people to use public transport to travel to the capital.

Bus Eireann is running a number of additional services to Dublin from across the country, with a 100% increase in capacity on that particular day.

Pope Francis will also visit Knock Shrine on the morning of Sunday 26th August, and to cater for anticipated demand, Bus Eireann is operating additional services on the Route 44 from Westport to Knock and Athlone to Knock, Route 421 from Ballina to Knock and Route 64 which runs from Galway to Knock and onto Sligo.

In addition, Bus Eireann will operate a bus shuttle from Claremorris train station to Knock.

For those who have a ticket for the Pope's visit, the bus shuttle service will be free of charge.

Further details are available on Bus Eireann's website.

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