When the Pontiff is visiting, security gets serious. So we were thrilled that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland chose the Accredit platform to manage the accreditation and access for all media and volunteers at Knock Shrine, Phoenix Park and Croke Park when Pope Francis visited the country in August 2018.
The first papal visit for close to 40 years, Pope Francis visited Ireland for two days in August 2018 to participate in the 9th World Meeting of Families. His schedule included a visit to Knock Shrine, a trip to Croke Park to preside over the ‘Festival of Families’ and attendance at Holy Mass in Phoenix Park to mark the end of event celebrations where he delivered a speech to the faithful.
His eagerly awaited visit saw 300,000 flock to Phoenix Park for Mass, and a crowd of 80,000 fill Dublins’ Croke Park Stadium for the Festival of Families, where world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli, country singer Nathan Carter and acclaimed Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell were among those who performed.
With Pope Francis attending three major events in just 36 hours, The Department of Foreign Affairs faced a major logistical exercise to welcome pilgrims arriving at the airport, organise crowds during events and help visitors get around multiple sites.
Welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors, event organisers had legal obligations to prevent crime and disorder and provide a safe environment for both members of the public and the staff working there.
How Accredit helped