Beatification of John Sullivan

We worked with Eventwise and the Jesuit Community in Ireland to plan and manage the first beatification ever held in Ireland. The beatification for the Venerable John Sullivan SJ was always going to draw a significant crowd, given that the annual event in his name always filled the church to capacity. 

The event saw multiple marquees in the garden of the venue - Francis Xavier church on Gardiner St. 

John Sullivan's tomb resides in the church full-time so it was always going to be the venue for the beatification. 

Ultimately, the church, the walled-garden and the nearby Belvedere College were used as venues for the event. 

We worked with the organising committee to establish capacities and put into action a plan that would work for the event, taking into account the audience and the momentous occasion it was. 

The Challenge

With expected crowds of more than double the capacity of the church, we needed to plan the event to accommodate as many people as possible, as efficiently and safely as possible.

Our Solution

We worked closely with Laura and Anne on the committee to establish the best way to accommodate as many people as possible, with the requisite deference to the audience, the type of event and the elements of most importance.

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The Result

The event was a success, with the church and the marquees filled to capacity. We also had Belvedere College for overflow, which was utilised on the day too. The systems we designed & put in place worked very well on the day.

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We worked closely with Laura and Anne on the committee to establish the best way to accommodate as many people as possible, with the requisite deference to the audience, the type of event and the elements of most importance.

What we did

We didn't have a huge lead-time on this event so we had to hit the ground running. 

We spent time at the church to fully understand how it works and flows. We needed to understand how people use that type of space and what would be the attractions for the event. This type of event is a lot more involved than you'd think.

We took our lead from Anne and Laura as necessary, given that their understanding of this particular audience would be better than our own. 

We provided:

  • Custom capacity calculations
  • Site design
  • Provision of Safety Officer
  • Entry systems design 
  • EMP development
  • Statutory agency liaison
  • Provision of Deputy Safety Officer
  • Queuing design

The event was a success, with the church and the marquees filled to capacity. We also had Belvedere College for overflow, which was utilised on the day too. The systems we designed & put in place worked very well on the day.

What we did

Aside from Mark in here having done some shifts as Safety Officer during the Eucharistic Congress a few years ago, we'd not really worked on a religious event. This was a nice challenge and we enjoyed taking it on.

We developed systems very specific to this event. Access routes, queuing systems and more were always going to be key to how this event ran on the day. We needed to be efficient in our dealings with the audience while also being cognisant of the demographic involved. 

What we designed worked well and that gives us great satisfaction.

For the Jesuit community in Ireland, the Beatification Ceremony Event of the Venerable John Sullivan SJ marked a significant milestone. With over 2,000 people in attendance, a safe and enjoyable event for all was our objective.

I was very happy with the work of Safe Events, who ensured the safe ingress and egress of all pilgrims to the church, an outdoor walled garden space with temporary structures and the O’Reilly Theatre at Belvedere college.

The team at Safe Events wrote a detailed, and more importantly, specific, Event Management Plan along with pre-event and onsite coordination with An Garda Siochana and our security partners.

Happy to recommend their work and commitment to safe and enjoyable events for all.

Laura Phelan
Owner
Eventwise