HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FROM JFK+50
Dublin, Ireland (JFK+50) On June 26, 1963 during a luncheon reception in Dublin, President John F. Kennedy was "moved by impulse to stand up & sing," along with Dave Powers, "The Wearing of the Green."
Oh, Paddy dear, an' did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground.
No more St. Patrick's day we'll keep, his color can't be seen,
For there's a cruel law agin' the wearin' of the green.
JFK was as happy in Ireland as the Irish were happy to have him there. The Dublin Evening Herald wrote, "Mr. Kennedy has returned to Ireland as the living symbol of the Irish triumph over the trials & tribulations of history."
The Irish Independent added, "The great grandson of the famine emigrant who left in misery & sorrow comes to his point of origin honored like a king. We welcome him for himself & in memory of many generations."
JFK in Ireland
Gaelic Field, New Ross
June 27, 1963
JFK Library Photo
The 1st Kennedy to come to America was Patrick Kennedy who left County Wexford & the potato famine behind in 1849. He sailed on the Washington Irving.
It was a 1 month 3000 mile journey during which he met his future bride, Bridget Murphy, who was also from County Wexford.
They settled in East Boston's "crowded, teeming slums" where their 4th child & 1st son, JFK's grandfather, Patrick Joseph Kennedy was born in 1858.
"The Irish in America," edited by Michael Coffey, text by Terry Golway, Hperion, New York, 1997.
"One of Ourselves: John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Ireland," by James Robert Carroll, Images From the Past, Bennington, Vermont, 2003.
JFK+50 ANNOUNCES 1000th VISITOR FROM IRELAND
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Coincidence or the "luck of the Irish," JFK+50 had our 1000th visitor from Ireland today, March 17, 2013, ST. PATRICK'S DAY!