Welcoming Kennedys home to a nation forever touched by JFK
IT was 50 years ago next week that John Fitzgerald Kennedy made his historic visit to Ireland. It was, we now know, a journey home that had a profound effect on the young and inspirational American president. Tragically, he was assassinated a few short months later and never had a chance to fulfil his political mission, nor to return to the country that had captured his heart.
Today, the JFK50 commemoration reaches its climax as the Taoiseach joins the visiting Kennedy clan and local dignitaries in marking an event that has few equals in the history of this young State.
Those old enough will remember the sense of pride, awe and wonder that surrounded those special days in the June of 1963.