06: President Kennedy 29 June 1963

On his final day in Ireland President Kennedy said goodbye to President de Valera before travelling by helicopter to the west of Ireland.

In the west of Ireland he visited Galway and Limerick before flying out of Shannon Airport.

Again huge crowds turned out to see the American leader. There were around 80,000 people in Galway and 6,000 people packed into Green Park race course in Limerick. The president received the freedom of both Galway and Limerick, and was treated to a lively speech by Limerick’s female mayor Frances Condell.

After President Kennedy left Shannon on the next leg of his European tour, Ireland was left to take stock. Broadcasters gave their impressions of him on the airwaves and letters poured in to the RTV Guide. The letters praised, President Kennedy, Radio Éireann and Telefís Éireann, who had worked so hard to provide comprehensive coverage of the visit to the Irish people.