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On the day of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII's canonization we take a look back on the Pontiff's trips to Ireland.

Remembering Pope John Paul II's 1979 visit to Ireland (PHOTOS)

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On the day of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII's canonization we take a look back on the Pontiff's trips to Ireland.

PHOTOS - Pope John Paul II visit to Ireland Sept. 29, 1979

On Easter Sunday (April 27) Pope Francis I will canonise Pope John Paul II, who reigned from 1978 to 2005, and Pope John XXIII, who was pontiff from 1958 to 1963 and called the Second Vatican Council, a landmark meeting that modernised the Church.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit Rome for the canonisations, the first time two popes are be made saints at the same time and the first canonisation of a pope since 1954.

To honor this great Catholic occasssion we decided to take a look back at Pope John Paul's famed vivst to Ireland. Close to 35 years ago his three-day visit brought the country to a standstill.

Nearly three million people turned out to welcome the Pontiff at five venues; Dublin, Drogheda, Galway, Limerick and Knock.

The numbers were phenomenal when you consider that the population of the Republic was 3,368,217 in 1979.

In Dublin's Phoenix Park, more than 1 million people from all over Ireland and some cities in England, attended the first papal Mass in Ireland.

PHOTOS - Pope John Paul II visit to Ireland Sept. 29, 1979

There was a mammoth roar from the giant crowd when the pope's plane flew over the Phoenix Park en route to Dublin aiport.

In that day alone, the Pope's itinerary included the Vatican, Rome Airport, Dublin Airport, The Phoenix Park in Dublin, Killineer in Drogheda, Dublin and then several meetings.

His papal itinerary was so thronged that the Pope jokingly claimed the Irish were trying to kill him on his first day.

It was in Drogheda, County Louth, where the Pope appealed to the paramilitaries to lay down their arms.

"I wish to speak to all men and women engaged in violence," he said.

"I appeal to you, in language of passionate pleading. On my knees I beg you, to turn away from the path of violence and to return to the ways of peace."

That visit to Drogheda in the border county was as near to the North as the Pope would get.

A planned mass in St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh had been cancelled as his advisers feared he would be a target for loyalist paramilitaries.

Just weeks earlier, the British Queen's cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, had been killed in an IRA bomb attack on his boat in County Sligo while 18 soldiers were killed in two explosions near Warrenpoint, County Down.

However, hundreds of thousands of Irish people North and South trekked to one of the five venues while many more watched the visit unfold on TV.

PHOTOS - Pope John Paul II visit to Ireland Sept. 29, 1979

Here's some TV highlights of his visit:

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