Sunday, June 29, 2014



Mexico City, Mexico (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy and First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, arrived here in Mexico City 52 years ago today, June 29, 1962.

The Kennedys were welcomed by a million and a half people who lined the streets for the nine mile long motorcade through the city.

JFK was greeted by President Adolfo Lopez MateosThe two national leaders conferred at Los Pinos, the residence of the Mexican president.

JFK said:

"Our two country's revolutions have now been joined as one, one great effort, one great continent, in one great Alianza para el Progreso.  Viva Mexico!"

Jackie Speaks in Spanish in Mexico
June 30, 1962
Photo by Robert Knudsen
JFK Library Image


Galway, Ireland (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy arrived here in Galway 51 years ago today, June 29, 1963.

The President, who was not accompanied on the European trip by his wife,  was greeted by 320 children from the Convent of Mercy School.

The children, dressed in green, white and gold sang "Galway Bay" for President Kennedy.

"If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
There maybe at the closing of your day
You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay."

Ballyknow Quay
River Corrib
Galway, Ireland
Photo by Greg O'Beirn (1999)

Later, speaking at Eyre Square, now John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, JFK said:

"If the day was clear enough and if you went down to the bay and looked west and your sight was good enough, you would see Boston, Massachusetts."

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park Marker
                 Galway, Ireland

The President was presented with "The Key to the City".

JFK bade farewell at Shannon Airport where he spoke from his heart:

"Last night somebody sang a song...

'Come back to Erin....come back aroun' to the land of thy birth. Come back with the shamrock in the springtime....'

This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection, and I certainly will come back in the springtime."

As the President boarded Air Force One, a choir sang "Come Back to Erin"


John F. Kennedy would be unable to make good on his promise to return "in the springtime."

Presidential assistant and part of the "Irish Mafia," Lawrence O'Brien said later...

"If there was a dry eye at the airport, I missed it."*


"One of Ourselves, JFK in Ireland" by James Robert Carroll (2003)

Limerick, Ireland on the River Shannon
         Photo by Santiperez (2007)