The weather in Dublin's Phoenix Park for today's Papal Mass is very wet.

However, hundreds of thousands of people - including many from Donegal - have gathered for the Mass and the downpours have failed to dampen the spirits.

It's the largest outdoor event in Europe this year.

Pope Francis is the chief celebrant at the special Mass that had a scheduled 3.00 pm start.

Pictures of the Mass are being broadcast all over the world.

The wonderful RTE live coverage can be access via this link below

For many of those from Donegal, it meant an early start. Hundreds travelled by bus,

Despite the huge logistics of such an operation, traffic was moving fairly well before the event.

It's a once in a generation experience for many.

The images below show just how testing the weather conditions were early in the afternoon.

One of the most striking features of the crowd - apart from the colour - was the number of nationalities represented, many of them flying flags.

With around one in six people in Ireland having been born outside the State, it is quite a contrast from 1979 when John Paul II was the last Pope to visit Ireland.

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