Pope John Paul ll visited Ireland from 29 September to 1 October 1979. RTÉ Radio and Television provided comprehensive coverage of the visit
Pope John Paul II arrives at Dublin Airport on 29 September 1979. The Pope descends the stairs from the plane and bends to kiss the tarmac. President Patrick Hillery welcomes the Pope. Brian Farrell describes the scenes at the airport as the crowds await the arrival of the Pope.