President John F Kennedy's visit in 1963, the first ever by a serving US president, remains one of the most iconic events of 20th Century Ireland.
'I looked up and he was a giant of a man'
For four hours in Dunganstown, six-year-old Kathleen Doyle stood waiting patiently for the most powerful man in the world to walk by.
'He was only gorgeous, I want to tell you...'
Breda Ryan's husband Paddy was the mayor of Galway. The 80-year-old widow describes the occasion as "an unforgettable time".
This was no sentimental trip for Cold War leader
ONE OF the most striking aspects of President John F Kennedy's Irish visit in June 1963 was the absence of the issue of the partition of Ireland from his public rhetoric.
JFK & the cadets
AS a teenager in Cork, Patrick Curley had pored over 'Time' magazine articles about John F Kennedy. Now, just a few years later, he was standing two feet away from him.
When Stan met Jack
It took 45 years for legendary Galway photographer Stan Shields to gain recognition for the incredible shot he took of US President John F Kennedy from the front of the open-topped limousine.
The Guards and Jack
From the time President Eamon de Valera issued his formal invitation on March 27, 1963 to the American President, An Garda Síochána, under Commissioner Daniel Costigan, had a crucial role to play.
JFK in Ireland - the media coverage
AFTER the Boeing AF-1 carrying President John F Kennedy on his 10-day tour around Europe landed in Dublin Airport, there was some confusion amongst the international press corps about exactly how many people had come out to welcome their favourite relative.
The Irish angle
Journalism is "the first rough draft of history", according to a remark attributed to 'Washington Post' publisher Philip Graham, and Irish newspapers certainly seem to have viewed John F Kennedy's visit in June, 1963 in this light.
Begod! Praties, cattle and the twinkle-eyed natives
No Irish cliche was left unturned when the international media came to Ireland to cover the JFK visit. Some of the dispatches were humorous, others mocking and often ever so casually racist in tone as correspondents wrote about the visit.
When Sean Lemass insisted on wearing a lounge suit...
Clearly, there was a huge effort to ensure that the reception given to Kennedy would be on a scale not witnessed for any previous visitor, but it seems that caution and cost consciousness still prevailed in some quarters.
The Irish president: JFK's deep bonds with his ancestry
The legacy of JFK: in a special article, US Secretary of State John F Kerry reflects on the 50th anniversary of his visit to Ireland.
50 years on: JFK Stories series
Exclusive magazine series and online section recalls the four days of President's visit that captivated Ireland
New Ross gets ready for arrival of Kennedy clan this afternoon
FINAL preparations are taking place in New Ross, as the town gets ready to mark the 50th anniversary of the visit of John F Kennedy.
Kennedys return to place where story began
THEIR visit had the air of a pilgrimage and they brought with them the Eternal Flame which burns at the grave of John F Kennedy.
JFK: More than words
John F Kennedy actually opened his speech to the Oireachtas with a factual inaccuracy. He told the assembled Irish parliamentarians that "the 13th day of September, 1862, will be a day long remembered in American history. At Fredericksburg, Maryland, thousands of men fought and died on one of the bloodiest battlefields of the American Civil War."
Tea and sympathy from Mary Ann, the cousin with the ready smile
Mary Ann Ryan cherished her meeting with President Kennedy and sadly attended his funeral.
Maverick mayor who charmed the president
'We're in right trouble now" – the immortal words of the mercurial Andy Minihan seconds before US President John F Kennedy took to the stage on the quayside in New Ross.
The proud son
As a 12-year-old, wide-eyed boy, Owen Casey sat mesmerised by the young politician addressing the crowd at Cork City Hall. He hung on his every word and was brimming with admiration for the gifted orator in his midst.
Arbour Hill and the freedom of Dublin
The dash back to Dublin from Cork began at 11.30am as President Kennedy was hosting lunch at the US embassy at 1pm.
'His hair, those teeth, that tanned skin, those eyes!' - Ryan Tubridy on the JFK visit
It was a dark and dank June evening in Dublin when the roar of Air Force One made its presence felt to the expectant crowd. Waiting at the red carpet was one man in particular who had come to embody Ireland.
Kennedy flame to light the way home on anniversary of his historic visit
A SPARK lit at the 'Eternal Flame' at the graveside of former US President John F Kennedy will be whisked to Ireland to mark the 50th anniversary of his historic visit.
JFK's daughter to meet President Higgins
CAROLINE Kennedy will meet President Michael D Higgins today as part of a special celebration making the visit of her father to Ireland 50 years ago.
Forget the G8, it's the K35 as Kennedy clan jets in for anniversary
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‘My friends, Ireland’s time has come’
JFK’s historic speech at Leinster House, Friday 28 June 1963
The flag girls
Marie Dempsey was 14 years old and a sixth-class pupil at the Convent of Mercy School in Galway city on the day she turned green.
'He just had an aura... I felt so special to be part of it...'
'If the day was clear enough and you went down to the bay and you looked west, and your sight was good enough you would see Boston Massachusetts."
Limerick's persistent lady
Not only did the mayor of Limerick orchestrate the visit of JFK to Limerick and deliver his favourite speech of the trip, but she even designed her own hat for the auspicious occasion.
They were three magical days in late June 1963 which brightened the lives of hundreds of thousands of Irishmen and women who had lived through the gloom and despondency of the 1950s – a decade of mass emigration and high unemployment in a republic, recently declared, which had appeared, at times, to have been teetering on the brink of economic failure.
Inside the secret JFK files
On 20 April 20, 1963, the White House and Aras an Uachtarain simultaneously announced President Kennedy's acceptance of President de Valera's invitation to visit Ireland.
Arrival - JFK touches down in Dublin June 26, 7.50pm
The timeline for a whirlwind four-day visit
Ireland's man in DC in June 1963: Ambassador Thomas Kiernan
The strong rapport between Ireland's ambassador to the USA in 1963, Thomas Kiernan, and John F Kennedy was central to the success of President Kennedy's visit to Ireland.
JFK said 'another verse of the Boys of Wexford would be fine'
As they watched the helicopters approaching the children in O'Kennedy's GAA Park took a collective intake of breath.
JFK's Curriculum Vitae
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Did you know?
A random selection of little-known facts about the President.
Catching up with a distant relative – Mother Superior
As the limousine slowed down, the nuns outside Wexford's Loreto Convent could not believe their eyes.
Chariots of ire - council minutes reveal some quirky plans for JFK visit
President Kennedy would have boarded a chariot – to be pulled through the town of New Ross by 12 men – if Andy Minihan had had his way.
Lensmen and the digitisation of a life's work
Lensmen have licensed the Irish Photo Archive to digitise and preserve Lensmen's extensive collection, which was begun by Andy Farren and Padraig MacBrian in 1952. Last year, the task of digitising the collection began – up until then, the archive had been relatively untouched.
A French chef, fine china... and beef!
'Shrimp cocktail: a teaspoon is used. Seventy four in stock," says a handwritten note in pencil at the top of a cutlery inventory in Iveagh House, home to the Department of External Affairs.
'If he had made it into the house that night, I would have died'
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