It seemed as though all roads led to Dublin, as wave after wave of pilgrims converged on the city which had been decorated with the green, white and gold flags of the Irish Republic, flying beside the yellow and gold of the Vatican.
GV PAN & SV Dublin airport with guard of honour practising welcome (3 shots)
AV & GV Special Papal podium being built at Knock (2 shots)
GV Work continuing on podium as army officers look on (3 shots)
SV PAN & GV Banners across streets and flags of welcome on houses (5 shots)
CU Portrait of Pope in window of house and more banners (2 shots)
GV Crowds arriving at Knock for church ceremony as preparation continues on site of Pope's podium (5 shots)
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Background: It seemed as though all roads led to Dublin, as wave after wave of pilgrims converged on the city which had been decorated with the green, white and gold flags of the Irish Republic, flying beside the yellow and gold of the Vatican. The three-day visit of Pope John Paul was to be the fist visit ever of a Pope to Ireland, and it was expected to draw huge crowds. The visit was timed to coincide with the climax of centenary celebrations at the Shrine of Knock in County Mayo, on Sunday (30 September), the second day of his visit.
SYNOPSIS: When the Aer Lingus jet carrying Pope John Paul approaches Ireland, it was to get an escort of fighters. And at Dublin airport he was to be welcomed by this guard of honour, well practised for the occasion.
A special podium was being constructed at Knock, where three hundred and fifty thousand people were expected to see the Pope. More than one million pilgrims a year journey over poor country roads to see the village where, one hundred years ago, the Virgin Mary was reported to have appeared in a glow of light.
An acre of carpet has been laid around the podium. The work, carried out under the watchful gaze of security forces, is costing more than the Church first estimated: 2 1/2 million pounds (5 million dollars).
Welcoming banners and flags were hung out for the Pope, and buildings and fences have been painted with white-wash, or in the Papal colours. Up to two million people were expected to see him. All police and army leave was cancelled. Around seen thousand of the country's police the Garda, and four thousand troops were detailed to man every location on the Pope's itinerary.
While pilgrims attended the Knock centennial celebrations within days of the Pope's visit, hopes were high that his visit would serve the cause of peace and reconciliation in Ireland. Such hopes have been expressed by Irish church leaders, some Protestants in the North and officials in both the British and Irish governments.