Monday 21 October 2019

Flashback: It's been 50 years since Jackie Kennedy visited Ireland

Taoiseach Jack Lynch entertains Jackie Kennedy at a reception at St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle, on June 30th 1967. It was her first formal function since her arrival in Ireland. On the left are Máirín Lynch and Mrs. Frank Aiken.
Taoiseach Jack Lynch entertains Jackie Kennedy at a reception at St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle, on June 30th 1967. It was her first formal function since her arrival in Ireland. On the left are Máirín Lynch and Mrs. Frank Aiken.

On June 15, 1967, Jackie Kennedy touched down at Shannon Airport with her two children Caroline and Johnny for a holiday in Ireland.

Speaking to the crowds after leaving the plane she said “I am so happy to be here in this land which my husband loved so much. For myself and the children it’s a little bit like coming home, and we’re looking forward to it dearly.” Nearly four years to the day her husband John Francis Kennedy had landed at Dublin airport.

Stepping off the Irish Airline’s Boeing jet she was greeted by thunderous applause from the crowds of people eager to catch a glimpse of her.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

Jackie, Caroline and John Junior are pictured exiting Shannon Airport.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

As part of her trip, Jackie Kennedy visited The Curragh on 1st July to attend the Irish Sweeps Derby. Taoiseach Jack Lynch and his wife Máirín are pictured walking with her.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

She also visited the family homestead of her late husband at Dunganstown in County Wexford, as well as the Waterford Glass Factory where she was presented with a crystal glass centrepiece. She is pictured below arriving at the Cashel Palace Hotel.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

Throughout her holiday, Jackie Kennedy was greeted warmly by crowds across the country.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

Two weeks after landing at Shannon she arrived in Dublin, where she visited Aras an Uachtarain to see President De Valera. She is pictured here with Éamon and Sinéad de Valera.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

That evening she attended a State banquet at Dublin Castle. She is pictured below arriving in style, wearing a full length green chiffon gown, white ermine fur stole and gold shoes.

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(Part of the Independent Ireland Newspapers/NLI Collection)

To see more photos like this visit Independent Archives, where all photos are available as a high quality print.

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