His Holiness Pope John Paul II departs Ireland on an Aer Lingus plane at Shannon Airport following his papal visit  in 1979.Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

Below are the recollections of a number of Irish Times writers of the papal visit by Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979. I was studying in Trinity (...)

A view  from City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin, during the Pope’s   drive through the city centre on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin on Saturday afternoon to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he made his way across the city in(...)