Pope John Paul II's Irish visit
Pope John Paul II arrives at Dublin Airport for the major national event that was the papal visit in September 1979.
Going undercover: the wind blew Pope John Paul II's outer garment over his head as he kneeled to kiss the ground on his arrival at Dublin Airport. Photograph: The Irish Times
Lisa Dromgoole and Russell Gleeson, both aged 9, present the pope with flowers during the 1979 Irish visit. Photograph: The Irish Times
The pope and his cavalcade proceeding down O'Connell Street as part of the 1979 visit. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack
Pope John Paul II salutes the crowd while alighting from a helicopter in Drogheda. Photograph: The Irish Times
Pope John Paul II being shown around the monastic grounds at Clonmacnoise on his way to Galway. He requested the visit, believing the monks from Clonmacnoise brought the Christian faith to Poland. Photograph: The Irish Times
Pope John Paul II in Galway. To his right is Bishop of Galway Eamon Casey. Photograph: The Irish Times
Pope John Paul acknowledges the great waves of cheering from the crowd at Limerick. Photograph: The Irish Times
The pope addresses members of the Polish community in Ireland at the Apostolic Nunicature. Photograph: The Irish Times
The pope speaks to Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich and Archbishop Dermot Ryan at Cabra Convent, Dublin where he conferred with the Catholic hierarchy in September 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times
Pope John Paul II delivered Mass to a crowd of some 1.25 million people at Dublin's Phoenix Park in September 1979.
Pope John Paul II at Shannon Airport, preparing to leave Ireland at the end of the visit. Photograph: Dermot O'Shea