The Wait is Over as Kennedy Arrives

EXHIBITION : PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

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President Kennedy and his party are greeted by President de Valera and a host of Irish dignitaries.

  • Title
    President Kennedy Arrives at Dublin Airport
  • 1st Broadcast
    26/06/1963
  • Contributor
    Michael O'Hehir (Commentator)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:14
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    President Kennedy in Ireland
  • Clip title
    The Wait is Over as Kennedy Arrives
  • Extended description

    The wait is over as President Kennedy arrives to much applause and fanfare at Dublin Airport, where he is greeted by Irish President Éamon de Valera and Taoiseach Seán Lemass. Commentator Michael O'Hehir describes President Kennedy as looking “remarkably fresh”. The president's party includes his sisters Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Jean Kennedy Smith and his sister-in-law Princess Lee Radziwill.

    As President Kennedy inspects the guard of honour, the No. 1 army band plays the American national anthem and the 21-gun salute booms out in the distance. 84 of the 107 men in the guard of honour have served in the Congo. In March 1963 President Kennedy acknowledged Ireland's contribution in the Congo when he said that the men were serving in the interest of mankind. Of the 107 soldiers, eight are from Wexford, the ancestral home of President Kennedy and a place that will play an important part in this visit.

  • Information

    This clip is taken from the live coverage of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland.

  • Local keywords
    JFK, President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Michael O'Hehir, Seán Lemass, Eunice Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Princess Lee Radziwill, Jean Smith, Jean Kennedy Smith, Éamon de Valera
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1963
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    12D00720
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Black and White
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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