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29/09/1979 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Ireland

Pope John Paul II visited Ireland from the last days of September to the first day of October 1979, it was the first trip to Ireland by a pope. Over 2.5 million people attended events in Dublin, Drogheda, Clonmacnoise, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth. It was one of John Paul's first foreign visits as Pope, who had been elected in 1978.