Kate O’Neill, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
Thousands of tickets for the papal visit in August have been snapped up by protesters aiming to ensure low attendance by not showing up to the event.
The Say Nope to The Pope group is encouraging people who object to the Pope’s visit to Ireland in August to book tickets online, which are available free of charge.
One protester claimed to have booked 1,312 tickets to the events, which may now go unused.
“You can book as many times as you like on the same email address. I’ve booked 12 (9 times) so 108 tickets! They all have different booking references so they are definitely working,” the Facebook user wrote.
In a later update the same user said: “Even better!! I’m now booking in coaches (max is 8 coaches with 82 passengers on each total of 656 “pilgrims”) so I’ve googled a random name of a parish, a random name of a coach company, made up the drivers’ name and number, etc, and I’ve already booked two of these bookings, so a total of 1,312 people. Do this instead of the individual bookings!”