In photos: JFK visits Ireland in 1963

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, the Taoiseach described the relationship between Ireland and America as being one of “hope and history”.

THIS WEEK MARKS the 50th anniversary of the visit by American president John F Kennedy to Ireland in 1963.

During his visit, JFK visited his ancestral hometwon of Dunganstown, Co Wexford. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke from the location ahead of the anniversary date, saying that President Kennedy’s preoccupations – hunger, malnutrition, war, peace – remain priorities today”.

Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter, and Jean Kennedy-Smith, JFK’s sister and a former ambassador to Ireland, attended a ceremony in New Ross, which also served as the launch of a major new permanent exhibition on Kennedy’s presidency

In photos: JFK visits Ireland in 1963
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    Left to right Irish Premier Sean Lemass and his wife; Madam de Valera; President John F Kennedy; Eunice Kennedy Shriver (JFK's sister) and President de Valera.
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    During his three-day visit to Ireland, U.S. President John F. Kennedy meets with his Irish cousins in the barnyard of their mutual forefather's homestead, at Dunganstown, June 27, 1963. From left are: Margaret Kirwan; Eunice Shriver, the President's sister; Josephine Ryan; Mary Ryan; JFK; Mary Anne Ryan; Margaret Whitty; and Joan Kirwan. (AP Photo)
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    Eager hands stretch put to greet American President John F Kennedy during his visit to New Ross, County Wexford. At Dunganstown, New Ross, is the former home of his great-grandfather, who emigrated to America in 1850. The President was on a three-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.
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    American President John F Kennedy (centre) views the quay at New Ross, County Wexford, where more than a century ago his great-grandfather left to start a new life in America. The President is on a three-day visit to the Irish Republic.
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    American President John F Kennedy addresses both the Houses of the Irish Parliament - the Dail and the Seanad - at Leinster House, Dublin, on his third day of his visit to the Irish Republic. Seen behind the President is the flag of the 69th New York Volunteers Irish Brigade, which was under fire in the Battle of Fredericksburg, one of the fiercest battles of the American Civil War. Kennedy has presented the flag to the Irish people.
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    American President John F Kennedy is given a warm welcome on his return to Dublin to receive the Freedom of the City, on his third day of his visit to the Irish Republic. The President is to give a private luncheon at the American Embassy for Irish President Eamon de Valera and Sean Lemass, Prime Minister of the Republic.

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