A combination of the weather, the relentless negative media coverage in the run up to the visit and the hysterical hyping up of marathon scale walking, probability of death, likelihood of requirement for intensive care levels of medical support that suggested only those with Olympian fitness levels were likely to make it out of the park unscathed.Five reasons why there were so many no-shows for the Papal Mass
"Estimates were that less than 200,000 were in attendance on Sunday afternoon, around a sixth of the number who were there for Pope John Paul II in 1979."
So was it:
2. The Long Walk
3. Too Many Tickets
4. Child Abuse Scandal
5. Croker the Night Before.
Certainly a shortage of nuns, which has the Irish media worrying about the front pages for the next general election.I heard there was a rumour put around at the last minute that there wouldn't be any priests or nuns at it.
I dont want to read too much into that, other than from a theological perspective it clearly demonstrates the Lords favour shines on the blessed squirel and that badgers and rhubarb are an abomination in his eyes. It follows that badgers and rhubarb, as well as those that support or harbour them should be purged(easily done with rhubarb).Certainly a shortage of nuns, which has the Irish media worrying about the front pages for the next general election.
But the truth is - there were no badgers. Plenty of Squirrels, but no rhubarb and no badgers.
The Glory Days of Journalism.Limited Edition. Everywhere except the Daily Mail Sunday Magazine. Only 900,000 of them in the UK.
I recall doing some work for a clearing bank many years back and noticing a shedload of £1.00 credits going through the system on a Sunday night- thousands of them. I became somewhat concerned that something wasn't right as these were all cheques.
Rang up the boss and asked him to take a look at the screen. He said it was normal, that it was just other banks sending through all the cheques for a deposit on these Sunday magazine offers.
I couldn't believe anyone bought such tat. But there were thousands of people doing it.
Back to the OP, I'm not sure if the final numbers who did go have been discussed yet - seems it took a Freedom of Information request to the OPW to force them to issue the figures : just under 152 000 including the "active" participants, the choirs and so on.I won't go because I don't support CC.
Others won't be able to go because the logistics are so difficult.
Why will you go or not go?
So, something like a sh1te Elton John concert in Latin America.
The scare tactics worked.