Sunday 11 December 2016

Flashback: The best Irish welcome ever? Here is the time JFK visited Ireland

Published 20/06/2016 | 11:21

President Eamon De Valera with .President John F.Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic
Scanned from the NPA archives.
President Eamon De Valera with .President John F.Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.
President John F.Kennedy meets the people at Aras an Uachtarain during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection) (Box 2)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. JFK walking with a smile amongst crowd. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. Reception in Wexford. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. Lord and Lady Elveden's Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin. Éamon de Valera and JFK in doorway.
President John F.Kennedy during meets the people at Aras an Uachtarain during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.
President John F.Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.
President John F.Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963 *** Local Caption *** indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.

He could have been one of the decade's rock and roll gods considering the welcome he received in Ireland that year.

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US President touched down on his ancestral soil in June 1963.

Thousands of people turned out at Dublin Airport to greet the President as he arrived, and tens of thousands more swamped the city centre awaiting the Presidential motorcade.

Irish and American flags, flowers, banners and bunting were clutched in hands along the eight mile route from the airport to the Irish President’s residence, and a continual chorus of cheering and applause echoed across Dublin as the John F. Kennedy travelled through the city centre.

American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963.
(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection) (Box 2)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection) (Box 2)

His grandparents had Emigrated to America within nearly a single month and as part of his inaugural visit to Ireland the President visited the family homestead in Dunganstown, County Wexford.

From the rousing speeches he made during his tour of the country, to the grand receptions he was given at Áras an Uachtaráin and poignant scenes as the President greeted family at his ancestral home, these images from the Irish Independent Archives captured a unique event in Irish history.

American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. JFK walking with a smile amongst crowd.
(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. JFK walking with a smile amongst crowd. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

The photographs show President JFK meeting Taoiseach of the time Sean Lemass, the US President with President Eamon De Valera and John F Kennedy meeting with his Irish cousins in the barnyard of their mutual forefather's homestead at Dunganstown on June 27, 1963.

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American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. Reception in Wexford.
(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K)'s visit to Ireland, June 1963. Reception in Wexford. (Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. Lord and Lady Elveden's Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Éamon de Valera and JFK in doorway.
American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (J.F.K.)'s visit to Ireland June 1963. Lord and Lady Elveden's Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin. Éamon de Valera and JFK in doorway.

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