RTÉ will broadcast live coverage of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland throughout Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August, across RTÉ One, RTÉ2, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ.ie and RTÉ Player. As host broadcaster RTÉ will provide comprehensive live coverage of Pope Francis’ public engagements in Ireland, free to Irish, European and other international broadcasters.

On RTÉ One there will be live rolling coverage of the public events, including the Pope’s visit to Áras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, St Mary’s Pro Cathedral and the Capuchin Day Centre, on Saturday, while live coverage of The Festival of Families event on Saturday evening at Croke Park will be broadcast on RTÉ2. On Sunday, live coverage on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now will include the Pope’s visit to Knock and the papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.

Live RTÉ coverage in summary:

Saturday 25th August
Across RTÉ One, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Player and RTÉ.iethere will be live coverage of the public events, including the Pope’s arrival at Dublin Airport and his visits to Áras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, St Mary’s Pro Cathedral and the Capuchin Day Centre.

In The Leap of Faith (RTÉ Radio 1) Michael Comyn presents a special edition of the religious magazine show, with conversation and features to give context to the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit, plus live coverage as the Pope touches down at Dublin Airport.

On RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Mícheál Ó Leidhin will report live from Dublin airport, while in studio, Máirín Ní Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

On The Marian Finucane Show (RTÉ Radio 1) Marian is joined by a panel, as she offers listeners live coverage and context of the Pope’s visit, including his meetings with the President and the Taoiseach.

On RTÉ2, from 1745-2100, Mary Kennedy is joined by a panel of guests at Croke Park for The Festival of Families, while Marty Morrissey and Brenda Donohue present live coverage on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1800-2100.

Sunday 26th August
As the Pope heads to the west of Ireland on Sunday there will be live coverage on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now along with a special Morning Ireland programme co-presented live from Knock on RTÉ Radio 1 from 9am -11am by Rachel English and Gavin Jennings, with more live coverage across RTÉ One, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie.

On RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Frances Nic Géadaigh will report live from the Knock shrine, while in studio, Máirín Ní Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

Marian Finucane on RTÉ Radio 1 will be joined by a panel, as she offers listeners live coverage from Knock.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be live coverage of the papal Mass and build-up in the Phoenix Park across RTÉ One with Bryan Dobson, RTÉ Radio 1 with Joe Duffy, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie.

On RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Mícheál Ó Leidhin will report live from Dublin airport, while in studio, Máirín Ní Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

After Pope Francis departs, Joe Duffy will host The Francis Effect – a Would You Believe? Special (RTÉ One, Sunday 26th August) – a live studio discussion of the likely impact of the papal visit – on Ireland, the family and the Catholic Church, here and abroad.

RTÉ will announce specific schedule details across television, radio and online in the coming weeks.