Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Phoenix Park for the Papal mass today, which marks the closing of the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis celebrated the mass, which is the last event of his 36-hour visit to Ireland.

During his homily, the Pope asked for forgiveness for the abuses of the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

A total of 500,000 free tickets were issued for the religious event in the 700-hectare park.

Gates opened to ticket holders at 8am, many of whom walked up to 7km to get to the mass site.

When he arrived at the park, Pope Francis did a tour of the mass site in the popemobile and was greeted by well-wishers who waved flags, cheered and reached out to touch the Pontiff. 

The mass finished at around 5pm this afternoon.

  • 2,500 gardaí are on duty around the city today - with 700 inside the park and 900 in the direct vicinity outside.
  • 1,600 stewards are also on hand across the city, 1,000 of whom are in the park itself.
  • 7,000 World Meeting of Families volunteers are also helping to direct people to the park.
  • 3,000 people taking part in the mass choir and 2,000 Ministers of the Eucharist will assist with communion.
  • 1,000 medical staff on duty, including 30 doctors and 30 nurses in the field hospital inside the Phoenix Park.

Additional reporting Will Goodbody