"Prosperity Is Not Enough"

EXHIBITION : PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN IRELAND

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President Kennedy looks back at Ireland’s history and the progress it has made.

  • Title
    President Kennedy Dáil Speech Irish Progress
  • 1st Broadcast
    28/07/1963
  • Contributor
    Pádraig Ó Raghallaigh (Commentator)
    Graham Shaw (Editor)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:42
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Welcome Mr President
  • Clip title
    "Prosperity Is Not Enough"
  • Extended description

    In his address to the Dáil, President Kennedy looks back at Irish history and speculates on what might have happened if Ireland had been independent when his great-grandfather left New Ross, Co. Wexford. He is proud to be the first American president to visit Ireland and talks about the enduring links between Ireland and the United States. He describes how Benjamin Franklin was received by the Irish parliament in 1772 and the support Ireland gave to the cause of American independence. He returns to a recurring theme of his visit, the history of Irish emigration to the United States.

    President Kennedy then takes a look at the Ireland of 1963 and the progress it has made, how its nationhood is not an end but a beginning and how it has undergone an economic and industrial revolution. But he says that "prosperity is not enough. Free Ireland will not be satisfied with anything less than liberty".

  • 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, Dáil, Politics, History, Emigration, Nationalism, American Independence, Benjamin Franklin, Economics
  • 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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