In June 1963, President John F Kennedy visited Ireland for four days becoming the first serving US President to visit Ireland.
This June it will be fifity years since President John F Kennedy visited Ireland. RTÉ Archives are putting together an exhibition looking back at the Kennedy visit which will be available in a couple of weeks.
For RTÉ radio and television coverage of the four day presidential visit would be a huge challenge. Telefís Éireann, as RTÉ television was then called, was only on air 18 months and now had to provide live broadcasts from a variety of locations and with multiple cameras. The president was to travel from venue to venue by helicopter meaning broadcast facilities would have to be in place at each location. Additional mobile units were borrowed from other companies including the BBC who also provided advice on the live outside broadcast of major events.
In going through the television coverage we came across this piece of footage of crowds in O'Connell street waiting for President Kennedy to drive through the city centre. We wondered if anyone recognises the cameraman leaning out the upper floor window? What ever happened the film he shot?
This clip is taken from the Visit of President Kennedy to Ireland and was first broadcast on 26 June 1963. The commentator is Michael O'Hehir.