JFK is First Foreign Leader to Address Dáil Éireann

50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy became the first foreign leader to address the Houses of the Oireachtas. It was also the first time that television cameras had been allowed inside the Dáil chambers to film proceedings.

At Dáil Éireann President Kennedy presents an Irish Brigade flag from the American Civil War to the Irish people. The flag was the second green colour of the fighting 69th of New York, whose motto was "The Union, Our Country and Ireland Forever". The president says that he would now like the Irish people to have the flag in recognition of what the Irish Brigade and millions of other Irish have done for his people.

The event itself was broadcast live on 28 June 1963.

See what else happened on Day 3 of President Kennedy's visit to Ireland.

Visit the RTÉ Archives online exhibition 'President Kennedy in Ireland'.

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