Monday 20 February 2017

#TBT: Jackie O was the definition of elegance when she visited Ireland in 1967

Published 27/10/2016 | 11:40

Jacqueline Kennedy's at a state banquet at St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle in 1967. Among the guests were Taoiseach Jack Lynch, left, and his wife Máirín. Picture: Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jacqueline Kennedy's at a state banquet at St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle in 1967. Among the guests were Taoiseach Jack Lynch, left, and his wife Máirín. Picture: Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jackie Kennedy with her hosts Jack Lynch and his wife Máirín in the reception hall of Dublin Castle where she attended her first formal function since her arrival in Ireland in 1967. On the left is Mrs. Frank Aiken. Picture: Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jacqueline Kennedy making a speech, with her children Caroline and John standing behind her at Shannon Airport in 1967. Picture: Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jackie Kennedy with her hosts Jack Lynch and his wife Máirín in the reception hall of Dublin Castle where she attended her first formal function since her arrival in Ireland in 1967. On the left is Mrs. Frank Aiken. Picture: Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jacqueline Kennedy with President of Ireland Mr. Éamon de Valera and his wife Sinéad de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin on June 30th 1967. Picture: Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection
Jackie Kennedy with her hosts Jack Lynch and his wife Máirín in the reception hall of Dublin Castle where she attended her first formal function since her arrival in Ireland in 1967. On the left is Mrs. Frank Aiken. Picture: Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection

This week, we went way (way) back.

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We took a break from revisiting some of our favourite Irish celebrities' faux pas during the Celtic Tiger years to revisit one of the most iconic foreign visits in modern Irish history - Jackie O's visit to Ireland in 1967.

The former US First Lady landed to a hero's welcome at Shannon Airport, where she was joined by her children Caroline and John Jr. After some select official engagements, the family enjoyed a month-long holiday on our shores travelling to Waterford, Wexford and Clare. The trip was honouring a promise she made to her late husband ho fell in love with Ireland during his 1963 visit.

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At a state banquet at St. Patrick's Hall in Dublin Castle, she was the epitome of elegance in a colour block gown and white fur shawl with matching gloves.

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Later in the evening, her dress detail was revealed to be of colourful asymmetric design with her famous bouffant stealing the show as she chatted with former Taoiseach Jack Lynch and his wife Máirín.

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For a meeting with former President Éamon de Valera and his wife Sinéad at Áras an Uachtaráin, the style icon wore one of her signature looks - a knee length coat by designer Oleg Cassini.

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All pictures are part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection

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