As President Kennedy departs from Shannon, some reflections on his visit and the impact he has made in Ireland.

As President Kennedy departs commentators John Skehan and Síle Ní Bhriain describe the scene at Shannon and give their impressions of him. The abiding impression is that President Kennedy, as one of the most important men in the world, has done Ireland proud in devoting four days of his time to visiting Ireland.

“He has been the most honoured and welcomed guest, and probably the most honoured and the most welcomed in the whole history of Ireland. And the wish of everyone here in Shannon and indeed in the country as a whole as he takes his leave is that he should go safely and return soon.”