Donegal motorists heading to see the Pope in Knock today had to endure what some extremely long traffic tail-backs.
Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel at the Knock Shrine in County Mayo at 9:45am and will leave at approx 10:45 am.
Traffic was very heavy on the Ballyhaunis/Kiltimagh Rd (R323) into Kiltimagh, with a queue stretching about 8km, even at 7.30am this morning.
It was also heavy approaching the N17 on the N60 Ballyhaunis/Claremorris Rd in both directions.
Accoding to AA Raodwatch, several road closures are in place, including the main road through Knock Village (R329) and the N17 between Charlestown and Claremorris.
A number of roads just off the N17 are also closed, including a stretch of the N83. Allow extra time for all journeys as relatively long diversions will be in place.
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Meanwhile, the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration Mass will take place later today in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, starting at 3pm.
The main celebrant for the Final Mass will be Pope Francis.
A large number of road closures are in place until 11pm including the Navan Rd, routes alongside the Phoenix Park, roads in the Kylemore area and the quays in the city centre.
A controlled access zone will be also in place between the city centre and the M50 (bordered by the Grand Canal to the south and stretching to Castleknock and Broombridge to the north), with Gardaí directing traffic.
The public are being told to use public transport to access the city centre.
The Port Tunnel, Tom Clarke Bridge (East Link), the M50 and the M1 will be open all day; however, cars will not be permitted to exit the M50 on the city side of J6 Blanchardstown, J7 Lucan and J9 Red Cow.
Details supplied by AA Roadwatch.
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