Jacqueline Kennedy, her children and family friends leave Ireland after a month long holiday.
On 15 June 1967, the former President of the United States John F Kennedy’s widow Jacqueline Kennedy arrived at Shannon Airport with her 9 year old daughter Caroline and 6 year old son John, to holiday in Ireland.
The Kennedys were joined on their month-long holiday by friends Mr and Mrs Murray-McDonnell from New York, and the party stayed at Woodstown House in County Waterford.
During the holiday Mrs Kennedy attended the Irish Sweeps Derby in The Curragh and went to her late husband’s ancestral home at Dunganstown in County Wexford. When in Dublin Mrs Kennedy paid a visit to President Éamon de Valera in Áras an Uachtaráin and later attended a dinner in Dublin Castle held in her honour.
At the end of their holiday the former First Family visited Bunratty Castle in County Clare as guests of Viscount Lord Gort and his wife Lady Gort, where Mrs Kennedy attended a medieval banquet. On leaving Bunratty, the Kennedy family returned to Shannon Airport where Mrs Kennedy said goodbye to those gathered on the runway.
Goodbye and thank you all so much. We’ve had the most wonderful summer and you've all been so very kind and I hope we'll all come back soon again.
Mrs Kennedy accepted a bouquet and shook hands with numerous people before boarding the awaiting Aer Lingus Boeing jet.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 July 1967.