It is estimated that 500,000 people will descend into the Phoenix Park for the papal Mass on Sunday, while countless others will go to Knock, Croke Park or even the streets of Dublin to catch a glimpse of His Holiness.
For many Pope Francis, the visit to Ireland is a highlight of the summer, spiritual and social, which they will have years to talk about. Others view the 36-hour trip differently. For some it is only an inconvenience, given the congestion and general disturbance it will cause. For others it is an insult, given the cover-up by the Catholic Church of sexual abuse of children, both here and around the world, for decades.
So is it possible to ignore the visit? Does missing tickets for the ecumenical events offered mean a damp slump of a weekend? Or, if you prefer to swim against the papal tide, are there alternative events that are worth the effort instead?
Mattie McGrath TD has said that those who do not want to participate in the events can ignore the visit or "go to the beach". We have some better ideas. So whether you can not populate or you will not be popes, here are seven ways to have a relatively Francis-free weekend (and a tip to enjoy the visit in an ironic way).
1: Attends a protest
For every Catholic who admires Pope Francis as a defender of the poor and marginalized in the world, there are also people who are angry that the Pope and the Church he directs have not been able to deal fully with child abuse, coverings and victim support. Thousands are expected to navigate pope-related transport restrictions to participate in the # Stand4Truth rally in the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin at 3 pm on Sunday, the day of the papal mass at the Phoenix Park.
With live performances by Hozier, Roisin O or Thanks, Brother and Conor O & # 39; Brien & # 39; s Villagers, # Stand4Truth is organized by, among others, the remaining mishandling Colm O & # 39; Gorman and lawyer and activist Simone George.
It is announced as an event for anyone who has been "maltreated or hurt by the Catholic Church" or who "wants to show solidarity with those who have been abused". Peaceful demonstrators are invited to meet the organizers of the event at the GPO, on O & # 39; Connell Street, at 14:00 to walk to the Memorial Garden.
2: Go to a performance
John Lydon lands in Dublin, with his band Public Image Ltd, for their first Irish show in five years, on Vicar Street. A celebration of the life of the band – PiL is essentially the phoenix that has arisen from the ashes of the Sex Pistols – it comes two years after the release of luxury editions of Metal box and Album, two of their most notorious CDs. Will Lydon, who is not known as retarded forward, refer to His Eminence from the stage of Vicar Street?
As an alternative, the Peruvian rapper Immortal Technique will be on Saturday night at the Sugar Club in Dublin, around the same time as Daniel O & # 39; Donnell and others will enter the stage in Croke Park. The GZA, also known as the Genius, from Wu-Tang Clan, is in the Sugar Club on Sunday.
3: Do not make unnecessary journeys
We do not eat it: it's not easy to get through Dublin this weekend. Roads will be closed on or around the quays, with Smithfield, Patrick Street, O'Connell Street, Parnell Street and their surroundings closed for a large part of the weekend. On Sunday, August 26, the roads extend to Kylemore Road, Old Naas Road, Inchicore, South Circular Road and the surrounding areas. (See garda.ie for all details.) A large part of Knock is closed from Saturday night prior to the pope's volatile visit. The N17 will close between Charlestown and Claremorris from midnight to Sunday at least fifteen.
Parking is a cold nightmare in both places; the powers that advise to maintain public transport wherever possible. However, you do share the Luas, Dart, other trains and buses (which run on Sundays) with almost 500,000 people who go wrong. Consider yourself as being warned.
4: Netflix and, eh, chill
RTÉ will handle this every (public) move of Pope Francis this weekend, but much more if you prefer to put your head in the sand. The innocent, starring Guy Pearce and Sorcha Groundsell, will be available for streaming on Netflix from Friday. The drama is about two teenagers, June and Harry, who run away from their repressive families to be together. The young couple's attempts to escape have been somewhat derailed by June's ability to change shape. Elsewhere on the streaming platform, Follow this (from Thursday) goes behind the scenes of BuzzFeed's award-winning journalism. The young adult romcom For everyone the boys that I loved earlier (which started streaming last weekend) seems to be the latest word-of-mouth smash from Netflix. From what we can collect, it seems as far away as possible from the Stations of the Cross as possible.
5: Go to a show
The Phoenix Park stage is perhaps the most important scene for many, but the capital has many other stages to choose from. On Saturday night, for example, you can choose from bad, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theater, A skull in Connemara, in the Olympia, or The Playboy of the Western World, at the Mill Theater in Dundrum.
6: Take a weekend away
Rather swim against the papal mass flood? Go on your way to Galway for a completely different atmosphere. John Conneely and friends offer a helping hand to jazz and blues in Róisín Dubh on Dominick Street on Sunday evening, while Green Earth Organics, a 12-hectare farm just outside the city of Galway, organizes a sustainability and food festival.
In Cork, the Masters of Tradition festival offers the full spectrum of Irish music. The five-day event, which ends on Sunday, starts in Bantry, culminating in its artistic director, Martin Hayes.
In Belfast, dance fans love Belfast Vital on the Boucher Road playgrounds, which includes Martin Garrix, Zara Larsson, Loop and Steve Angello.
7: a family day free
Dublin Zoo, Farmleigh and the Phoenix Park may be forbidden this weekend, but a decent alternative for the little ones for the little ones is perhaps Sea Life in Bray, Co Wicklow. who organizes a Lego event this weekend. Children can discover curious creatures of the depth as they navigate on a path to find hidden Lego pieces. If they solve the challenge, they receive a Lego diver minifigure to take home. Online tickets cost € 10.75 for adults and € 8.50 for children. Facebook.com/sealife.bray has the low point.
And if you can not beat them, join us
If ironic enjoyment of national events is more your speed, Mary's Bar on Wicklow Street in Dublin offers "seven nights of uninterrupted holiness". There is Holy Trad (which was on Tuesday), even Holier Trad (who is tomorrow, at 7:30 pm), one Father Ted quiz (today, 7.00 pm) and a screening of the papal mass on Sunday at 3 pm – with undoubtedly a substantial additional order of tongue-in-cheek comments.