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Pope Ireland visit 2018: Funny video shows Taoiseach struggling to put on poncho at the Phoenix Park

Pope Ireland visit 2018: Funny video shows Taoiseach struggling to put on poncho at the Phoenix Park
27 Aug
5:04

A video of the Toaiseach struggling to put on a poncho at a wet and windy Phoenix Park yesterday is doing the rounds on social media.

Leo Varadkar braved the rotten weather to see Pope Francis say mass in the park in front of thousands as gales and rain lashed the venue.

The Fine Gael leader sat beside President Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Higgins, who both wrapped up warm in the adverse weather conditions.

The short video shows a number of people helping the Taoiseach into his rainjacket, which at one point threatens to take off like a kite as strong gusts billowed across the venue.

Pope Francis was in Dublin at the weekend to celebrate the World Meeting of Families – an international event held every three years.

An estimated 600,000 people turned out to see the pontiff as he presided over a number of events across the country.

Even Pope Francis couldn’t escape the winds
(Image: Reuters)

He touched down in Dublin Airport at 10.30am Irish time on Saturday where he was given an official welcome before being whisked away to Aras an Uachtarain.

At 11.15am, he enjoyed a welcome ceremony in front of the Presidential Residence before spending half an hour on a courtesy visit with President Higgins.

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His next stop was Dublin Castle at 12.10pm where he met with diplomatic corps, civil society and authorities and gave a speech.

At 3.30pm, he dropped into St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and enjoy a visit of the building before heading to the Capuchin Day Centre.

Pope Francis spent the rest of the afternoon visiting the day centre, before heading to Croke Park for the Feast of Families festival.

On his second day in Ireland, he flew across the country to Knock, departing at 8.40am.

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The pontiff touched down in Knock at 9.20am before travelling straight to Knock Shrine.

His flying visit lasted just under two hours, with a flight back to Dublin scheduled for 11.15am.

He arrived back in Dublin at 11.50am and attended a lunch with the Papal Delegation.

He then travelled to the Phoenix Park where he said mass and delivered a homily.

He departed Dublin Airport for Rome yesterday evening.

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Source: https://www.dublinlive.ie/whats-on/whats-on-news/pope-ireland-visit-2018-funny-15077095

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