"There are many tears in Arlington right now"

EXHIBITION : PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

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Irish cadets form guard of honour at President Kennedy’s funeral by special request of his widow Jacqueline Kennedy.

  • Title
    Funeral of President Kennedy in Washington
  • 1st Broadcast
    25/11/1963
  • Contributor
    Michael O'Hehir (Commentator)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:57
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "There are many tears in Arlington right now"
  • Extended description

    A group of Irish cadets travelled to Washington DC to form a guard of honour at President Kennedy’s funeral. This was by special request of his widow Jacqueline Kennedy, as President Kennedy had been very impressed by their drill at Arbour Hill during his visit to Ireland that summer. The 24 young soldiers were from the cadet school at the Curragh and had flown in from Ireland the previous day.

    President Kennedy’s coffin arrives at the grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Commentator Michael O’Hehir says that there are many tears in Arlington right now. 75 jets sweep overhead in final salute to the president. The Kennedy family take their seats by the grave and the Irish cadets perform final military honours.

  • Information

    Telefís Éireann arranged for President Kennedy’s funeral to be broadcast live to the Irish audience via Telstar satellite. Irish sports commentator Michael O’Hehir happened to be in the US at the time and was asked to provide the commentary.

    The entire event was broadcast live, but successful transmission of images by satellite depended on good reception, and on the day it was only possible for the audience to see the 25 minutes that showed President Kennedy’s coffin being brought by horse-drawn caisson to St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC for the funeral mass.

    The television audience would not have seen all of the footage live but Michael O’Hehir’s audio commentary remained available to them throughout.

  • Local keywords
    President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy, Cadets, Arbour Hill, The Curragh, Arlington National Cemetery
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1963
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P780/00063
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    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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