50 years ago today, preparations were underway to provide extensive radio and television coverage of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland. A week before the president was due to arrive, Philip Parker, Telefís Éireann's Chief Engineer, about the challenges involved, including transport and equipment.

Philip Parker describes how "the world and his wife" will be watching coverage of the visit, which will bring Telefís Éireann to an international audience. 30 vehicles, 150 staff, 25 outside broadcast cameras and a special telephone line from New Ross to Dunganstown are just some of the logistical requirements of covering the four days of events, which will see President Kennedy visiting locations in Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Shannon.

This RTÉ news report was first broadcast on 19 June 1963.

President Kennedy in Ireland Exhibition

Wednesday 19th June, 2013
RTÉ One at 7.00pm

Nationwide comes from New Ross, Co. Wexford and previews the Homecoming series of events planned for the town on 22 June to mark the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's visit.