This month saw Pope Francis visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.
The Papal Itinerary included stops at Áras an Uachtaráin, the Presidential Residence, Dublin Castle, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, the Day Centre of the Capuchin Fathers and Croke Park on Saturday 25th August, followed by Knock Shrine and Phoenix Park on Sunday ahead of a farewell ceremony in Dublin Airport.
Broadcast RF supplied a high powered RF system which was installed inside an ACS tracking vehicle and received at four different locations along the route – O’Connell Street, Foster Place, Thomas Street/Bridge Street, and Cathedral Street. Additionally a helicopter downlink system was provided, received at several locations including Phoenix Park, Croke Park and Knock Shrine.
RTÉ’s television pictures of the visit was accessed by over 76 broadcasters worldwide and transmitted globally. Viewers in 159 different countries including Iran, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland accessed the coverage on RTE Player, RTE News Now App and RTE.ie. TV viewing data released today by Nielsen TAM show that over 1.8 million viewers tuned in to RTÉ’s special live television coverage of Pope Francis in Ireland across the weekend.