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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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  • White5454

    Thank you, Robin and the Here and Now team for your coverage marking the sad event of November 22, 1963. The link to the NBC televised broadcast is priceless, and will be archived here. Many Thanks from an appreciative fan of your show.

  • dave frasier

    Too bad the kennedys turned out to be a bunch of drunks. Too many irish have been raped by the church and England.
    Maybe that is why they have the reputation of being a bunch of drunks.
    JFK was a scummy person and a terrible president. 

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