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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Remembering JFK’s Ireland Visit

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is greeted as he arrives from Dublin by helicopter at Galway's sports ground, Ireland, June 29, 1963. (AP)

A few months before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy visited Ireland, his ancestral home. He arrived in Dublin on June 26, 1963, right after delivering his famous speech in Berlin, when he said “ich bin ein,” or “I am a Berliner.” Of the visit, historian Arthur Schelisinger wrote “I imagine he was never easier, happier, more involved and detached, more completely himself.”

Former JFK Library Curator Frank Rigg describes Kennedy’s trip to Ireland:


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