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Saturday 18 November 2017

Magazine celebrates JFK visit 50 years on

Ciaran Byrne

US PRESIDENT John F Kennedy bent down and, gently taking the hand of six-year-old Kathleen Doyle, asked: "Are those new shoes?"

In our two-part commemorative series JFK Stories, starting in tomorrow's Irish Independent, you can find out how Kathleen replied to JFK as he visited Co Wexford in June 1963.

Now aged 55, Kathleen's story is one of many fascinating memories in part one of the 40-page magazine FREE inside tomorrow's paper, which looks in detail at the momentous visit, its many participants and its legacy.

The second part of the series is published on Monday as we mark the 50th anniversary of JFK in Ireland.

With special contributions by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and 'JFK in Ireland' author Ryan Tubridy as well as previously unseen archive photographs, JFK Stories is a must-have souvenir.

From his arrival at Dublin Airport on Wednesday, June 26, 1963, JFK drew huge crowds wherever he travelled.

One of the centrepieces of JFK's visit was a powerful speech in the Dail when he addressed both houses of the Oireachtas. You can read the speech in full in part one.

At the heart of JFK Stories are the first-hand memories of those who were there; the children who met him, the event organisers and those who were on hand to record history.

Irish Independent

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