A VERY lucky Newry couple have been chosen to receive a blessing from Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland.
Lisa Travers (28) and Peter Comiskey (32) are getting married on September 21, in Newry Cathedral but this Saturday (August 25) the pair will head to Dublin's St Mary's Pro-Cathedral along with other newly-weds or soon-to-be-married couples to take part in the special service.
It was actually Peter's mother Patricia, who found out there was an opportunity to meet the Pontiff after it was read out at Mass in Bryansford.
Lisa explained that to be in with a chance of being chosen for the event all they had to do was ring the Down and Connor Diocese's office and apply.
“There'll only be maximum of about 200 or 300 there,” she said. “It will all be couples who have got married or will be getting married this year.
“We rang the office and gave our details and they emailed us last week to tell us we got selected.
“We're excited. We don't actually know what our plans are yet because we only found out the other day but we might make a day of it and get the train down.
“Our family were delighted, especially Pete's mum!”
Lisa, a solicitor who works for First Derivatives' legal team, and Peter, a Dublin based electrician, are having their reception in The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford following the wedding ceremony in Newry.
“Pretty much is everything sorted for our wedding just the final bits and pieces,” added Lisa.
Prior to his visit to the Pro-Cathedral, Pope Francis will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as well as church leaders, the council of state, government MEPs, Northern Ireland political party leaders and some members of the judiciary at Dublin Castle.
To finish off his day the Pontiff will then give an address to the Festival of Families extravaganza at Croke Park.