"My Pleasure at Being Back from Whence I Came"

EXHIBITION : PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

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President Kennedy addresses the crowd in Wexford Town.

  • Title
    President Kennedy's Speech in Wexford
  • 1st Broadcast
    28/07/1963
  • Contributor
    Pádraig Ó Raghallaigh (Commentator)
    Graham Shaw (Editor)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:58
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Welcome Mr President
  • Clip title
    "My Pleasure at Being Back from Whence I Came"
  • Extended description

    After laying a wreath at the statue of John Barry, President Kennedy’s next stop in Wexford Town was Redmond Place, where he was made a freeman of the borough.

    The Lord Mayor of Wexford Thomas Byrne introduces President Kennedy to the 50,000 people who have come to see him in Redmond Place.

    The president asks how many Kennedys there are in the crowd and says he is glad to see there are a few "who didn’t catch the boat". He talks about the current struggle for freedom worldwide and how other countries should look to Ireland, because it managed to maintain a national identity and strong faith over centuries of persecution. He is also proud that the United States welcomed so many sons and daughters of other countries, including Ireland, and gave them opportunity.

  • Information

    This extract is taken from ‘Welcome Mr President’, a compilation of highlights from President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland which was broadcast on 28 July 1963 with commentary by Pádraig Ó Raghallaigh. The event itself was broadcast live on 27 June 1963.

  • Local keywords
    President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Barry, Wexford Town, Thomas Byrne, Emigration, Religion, Politics
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1963
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    LX860
  • 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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