Popemania is officially beginning in Ireland as Irish discount stores start stocking up on some weird and wacky Pope merchandise, all branded with Pope Francis’ face.
Ever imagined sucking on the face of Pope Francis? We didn’t think so but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do in Ireland this summer with specially-produced Lollipopes branded with the image of Pope Francis now on sale ahead of his August Papal visit.
Irish discount store Dealz has revealed that you can now purchase a souvenir lollipop emblazoned with the Holy See before he arrives on his trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families from August 22 until August 26. Other Pope-themed paraphernalia includes bunting branded with the flag of the Vatican as well as separate flags.
"Pope supporters rejoice, Dealz is the number one stop for your Pope-themed paraphernalia ahead of Pope Francis’ first visit to Ireland this August," Dealz said in a statement.
"Celebrate the Pope’s visit by proudly displaying Vatican flag bunting at home or even by satisfying those sweet cravings with a tasty Pope lollipop (The Lollipope!), for just €1.50. It’s sure to be a visit to remember so Pope on down to your local Dealz now!"
The discount store is not the only one jumping on the Popemobile, with Dunnes Stores also selling t-shirts in green, white and yellow ahead of the historic visit.
Pope Francis will visit Ireland later this year on the first papal visit since Pope John Paul II's historic trip to the country in 1979. He will be in Dublin as part of the 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) which will take place from the 21-26 August.
The two main events that the pontiff will attend are the 'Festival of Families' in Croke Park on August 25, and the 'Final Mass' in Phoenix Park on August 26. While both of these events are free, tickets and registration are essential according to the World Meeting of Families website.
A Facebook group was recently criticized for encouraging people to register for tickets in protest when they have no intention of attending either of the events.