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

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The visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland in September 1979

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One million Irish people gather for Pope John Paul II in Phoenix Park, Dublin - 1979

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Pope John Paul II in Ireland

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Finbar Wright - Saint Pope John Paul II Ireland 1979

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.
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