Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018: the reaction online
Enda Kenny today confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018.
The news comes after the Taoiseach held a 23-minute meeting with the pope in the Vatican.
The Pope's visit is scheduled for 2018 and Mr Kenny said he expects "the normal state courtesies and support will be extended to him" when he arrives in Ireland.
Naturally, the announcement sparked a big reaction online and Pope Francis started trending on Twitter within minutes.
Pope Francis has been an important voice for the young, the poor & disadvantaged - glad he will visit Ireland in 2018 pic.twitter.com/vSn16otMAA— Enda Kenny (@EndaKennyTD) November 28, 2016
Pope coming to Ireland in 2018? Let's take a moment to consider all the poor children born in 2018 who will be called Francis— Ciaran Donohoe (@donciaran1) November 28, 2016
What were the odds on a Pope's visit to Ireland coinciding with the increased debate around reproductive rights and a referendum? (High).— Una Mullally (@UnaMullally) November 28, 2016
The pope's coming to Ireland in 2018. I like that guy, this should be fun!!!— Stacey Dunne (@Staitse) November 28, 2016
#Pope Martin McGuinness says "no prospect of Pope coming to Ireland and not coming to North of Ireland".— Gerard Moriarty (@GerryMoriartyIT) November 28, 2016
Pope Francis is coming to Ireland! I love Francis. Where do I get my media accreditation now!! My Mam will be delighted— Rachel Lynch (@Rachel_Lynchx) November 28, 2016
Pope's coming to Ireland? Wonder if he'll throw a hissy fit if he can't play five nights in a row at Croke Park? ;-)— Matthew Leslie (@mattleslie74) November 28, 2016
Pope heading to Ireland you say... pic.twitter.com/vy5GoBHB26— Alex Terrell (@alxterrell) November 28, 2016
First papal visit to Ireland during my lifetime has just been announced for 2018 when Pope Francis will visit Ireland. @Pontifex— Rebecca Casserly (@BoopFashionista) November 28, 2016
It will be a truly special time when Pope Francis visits Ireland in 2018.— Robert D (@Phucaigh) November 28, 2016
The critics will be looking silly.