Over 50 archival clips available to the public on www.rte.ie/jfk chronicling the visit of one of the world’s most charismatic presidents, John F Kennedy, in June 1963
- National Library talk hosted by Ryan Tubridy 9 July 2013
- “Welcome Mr President” available on the RTÉ Player from 14 June 2013
- Find out more about the RTÉ Archives exhibition
- Join the conversation on Twitter #jfkhomecoming
14th June 2013; RTÉ Archives has launched a major online exhibition, chronicling the visit of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy to Ireland in June 1963. Comprising over 50 clips from the RTÉ Archives, the online exhibition follows his visit chronologically through audio, moving images, and documents from the era.
“We are delighted to open this online exhibition to the public and allow our audiences to relive, or enjoy for the first time, this historic visit,” said Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ Archives. “As broadcasters, we were instrumental in amplifying the events during this visit, which put us firmly on the world stage. The visit occurred during an era which, according to JFK himself, “saw Ireland moving into the mainstream of current world events”. This exhibition will allow widespread access to this material and enable every generation to enjoy what was an extraordinary spectacle that captured both the heart and imagination of Ireland for four days in June 1963.”
This compelling and poignant look at the visit, which was RTÉ’s first significant international event occurring just one year after the launch of the broadcaster, will be structured in six parts starting with a section detailing preparations for the visit right through to the untimely death of the US President in November 1963. This was the first major undertaking for RTÉ and the wealth of video footage, audio files, and documents have stood the test of time thanks to the RTÉ Archives, where it has been carefully curated, digitised, and presented in an online format. More details on the exhibition: http://www.rte.ie/blogs/digital/?p=1146
The full exhibition will be available on www.rte.ie/jfk from 14 June 2013.
- In addition to the exhibition, RTÉ Archives is delighted to partner with the US Embassy and National Library on their JFK Homecoming project on www.jfkhomecoming.com.
- Ryan Tubridy, author of JFK in Ireland, will host a special talk at the National Library on 9 July titled JFK’s visit and RTÉ, which will include panellists such as Godfrey Graham – one of Ireland’s finest cameramen who was behind the lens for the JFK event Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ Archives, and Liam Wylie, Curator of RTÉ’s JFK exhibition. Details of the event and how to apply for tickets will be posted on the RTÉ website shortly.
- Welcome Mr President, originally made in July 1963, will be aired on the RTÉ Player from 14 June, with highlights of President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. www.rte.ie/player.
About the RTÉ Archives
The RTÉ Archives is a central repository for all RTÉ Broadcast (TV and Radio) and stills material collected and preserved by RTÉ for nearly a century, and is the largest collection of audiovisual material in Ireland.
A unique record of Irish life, the RTÉ Archives houses manuscripts, still photography, and thousands of hours of moving images and sound recordings capturing both the moments that have shaped Irish history, to rare glimpses of everyday life throughout the decades.
Telling the story of Ireland’s history, the archives provides an insight to the Ireland of yesteryear, spanning genres from political, historical and cultural, and sporting events that shaped the nation.
Central to the remit of the RTÉ Archives is to open up the vast wealth of rich historical and contemporary material to the general public, allowing them to experience the Ireland of yesterday from their own home, through the RTÉ Archive website, which provides a window into this vast repository of material that is being preserved, restored, and made available to everyone, via www.rte.ie/archive.
Media Contact: Caroline Stephens, Communications Manager, RTÉ Digital