On his final day in Ireland President Kennedy said goodbye to President de Valera before travelling by helicopter to the west of Ireland, where he visited Galway and Limerick before flying out of Shannon Airport.
Again huge crowds turned out to see the American leader. There were around 80,000 people in Galway and 6,000 people packed into Green Park race course in Limerick. The president received the freedom of both Galway and Limerick, and was treated to a lively speech by Limerick’s female mayor Frances Condell.
After President Kennedy left Shannon on the next leg of his European tour, Ireland was left to take stock. Broadcasters gave their impressions of him on the airwaves and letters poured in to the RTV Guide. The letters praised, President Kennedy, Radio Éireann and Telefís Éireann, who had worked so hard to provide comprehensive coverage of the visit to the Irish people.
On the final morning of his visit, President Kennedy bids farewell at the US Embassy residence in Dublin.
Seán Mac Réamoinn reports for radio from Eyre Square in Galway, where President Kennedy’s car is making its way.
President Kennedy talks about the links between Galway and Boston.
President Kennedy receives the freedom of Limerick.
In the final leg of his visit, President Kennedy makes a light-hearted and affectionate address to the people of Limerick.
A final word of thanks and farewell from President Kennedy at Shannon Airport moments before boarding Air Force 1.
As President Kennedy departs from Shannon, some reflections on his visit and the impact he has made in Ireland.
Letters to the RTV Guide giving feedback on radio and television coverage of President Kennedy’s visit.