"Weapons That Could Annihilate the Human Race"

EXHIBITION : PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

About this Item

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

  • Title
    President Kennedy's Speech in Cork
  • 1st Broadcast
    28/07/1963
  • Contributor
    Pádraig Ó Raghallaigh (Commentator)
    Graham Shaw (Editor)
  • Clip Duration
    00:08:32
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Welcome Mr President
  • Clip title
    "Weapons That Could Annihilate the Human Race"
  • Extended description

    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."

  • 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 28 June 1963.

  • Local keywords
    President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, JFK, Seán Casey, Cork City Hall, Emigration, Politics, Nuclear weapons
  • 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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