Fifty years ago this June President John F Kennedy visited Ireland. On this day in 1963 an advance party of White House officials were in Ireland to begin preparations for the presidential visit.

RTÉ News cameras were with the party in Wexford where among the locations visited was a GAA pitch in New Ross viewed as a site for helicopter landing and the Kennedy homestead at Dunganstown.

Among the officials were Matthew H. McCloskey, US ambassador to Ireland and White House press secretary Pierre Salinger.

At Dunganstown RTÉ reporter John Ross speaks to Pierre Sallinger and to Miss Josie Ryan a relative of President Kennedy.

This footage was shot for RTÉ News and part of the film shown here is mute. The reports was broadcast on 7 May 1963.

RTÉ Archives will publish a John F Kennedy exhibition in June.