President Kennedy receives the freedom of Cork and addresses the audience about Ireland's role in this difficult period in history.

Lord Mayor Seán Casey welcomes President Kennedy to Cork City Hall as a ‘truly great Irishman’ and confers on him the freedom of the city.

The president then addresses the audience about emigration and the bond between Ireland and the United States. He talks about Ireland’s role, "In a most climactic period, in the most difficult and dangerous struggle in the history of the world [with] the most difficult and dangerous weapons which have ever been devised which could annihilate the human race in a few hours."