Posts Tagged ‘JFK in Ireland’

The Homecoming: The Kennedy Clan’s Irish Gathering for the JFK50

During John F Kennedy’s brief (four minutes) but powerful speech to the people of New Ross in 1963 he referred to his great grandfather, Patrick, who left the area in 1849 with nothing but “a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty”. A powerful illustration of how JFK adhered to his ancestor’s faithRead more..

JFK50 Events in New Ross, Co. Wexford: Remembering when Kennedy Came

When John F. Kennedy toured Ireland in 1963 he left a lasting impression. Nowhere more so, it seems, than in his ancestral homeland in New Ross, Co. Wexford, where his speech from the Quayside is still fondly remembered. In this, the year of The Gathering, New Ross is also giving Kennedy “The Homecoming,” taking fireRead more..

The American Cousin: Memories of JFK’s Trip to Ireland

In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a series of state visits throughout Europe. To Germany, where he made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech; to Italy; to England; and to Ireland, the country his great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy had left in 1848. Dave Powers, assistant and close friend to the president, described JFK’sRead more..

I’ll Be Back In the Springtime – JFK in Ireland

Sean Reidy, CEO of the JFK Trust, looks back on President Kennedy’s visit to New Ross in 1963, and forward to celebrations on the 50th anniversary of that visit. “I’ll be back in the springtime” were the last words spoken by President John F. Kennedy before he boarded Air Force One to return to theRead more..

Review of Books

A selection of recently published books of Irish and Irish American interest. Click Here to purchase these books at Kenny’s Books Recommended The Empty Family 
I did everything I could to not finish Colm Tóibín’s latest collection of short stories, The Empty Family. I stared out of a bus window and watched the monotonous GardenRead more..

Our Jack

Pete Hamill writes on JFK, our Irish American of the Century

Somewhere in the shadowy land between myth and history lies the domicile of John F. Kennedy. The first United States president of Irish-Catholic descent, Kennedy was a man of many faces: war hero, orator, lover, creator, and visionary. He had it all, and it was all taken away, but in the end he gained immortality.Read more..