President Kennedy's packed itinerary began with a helicopter trip to Cork, where he was welcomed by Congo veterans at Collins Barracks and given the freedom of the city at a reception in Cork City Hall.
Then it was back to Dublin, where he laid a wreath at Arbour Hill in the afternoon on the grave of the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising. Next he went to Leinster House, becoming the first foreign leader to address the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Television cameras were allowed into the Dáil chambers for the first time to film the event. President Kennedy presented an Irish Brigade flag from the American Civil War to the Irish people before going on to give his address. Finally at St Patrick’s Hall in Dublin Castle, he received two honorary degrees and the freedom of the city.
President Kennedy’s helicopter lands in Collins Barracks, Cork.
President Kennedy receives the freedom of Cork and addresses the audience about Ireland’s role in this difficult period in history.
John Skehan describes the scene as President Kennedy tries to get from Cork City Hall through the crowds to his car.
President Kennedy lays a wreath at Arbour Hill in Dublin.
President Kennedy enters Leinster House to address the Houses of the Oireachtas.
President Kennedy presents an Irish Brigade flag from the American Civil War to the Irish people.
President Kennedy looks back at Ireland’s history and the progress it has made.
President Kennedy looks to Ireland’s future in a world dominated by larger, more powerful nations.
President Kennedy receives an honorary doctorate of law from the NUI in Dublin Castle.
President Kennedy talks about the importance of education.