Crowds in O'Connell Street to Welcome President Kennedy

President Kennedy landed in Dublin Airport to begin his four-day visit to Ireland on 26 June 1963. Thousands of people lined the streets of Dublin to welcome President Kennedy in scenes not often if ever seen in the capital.

The motorcade travels across O’Connell Bridge, up through Westmoreland Street by Trinity College towards College Green and up Dame Street. Unusually for Ireland, they travel up Dame Street on the right-hand side, or the "wrong side" of the road. At the junction of South Great George’s Street and Dame Street, the crowd breaks through and mobs the presidential car.

Michael O’Hehir provides the commentary in this RTÉ Television coverage of the events.

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