Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) John F. Kennedy, the first POTUS of Irish descent, brought other men of Irish descent with him to the White House. Tom Deignan says that President Kennedy "opened doors for those who might not have made it to the corridors of power."
JFK's closest advisers included Dave Powers, Kenny O'Donnell and Larry O'Brien. They became known as "The Irish Mafia." Jackie Kennedy once referred to them as "The Irish Murphia."
David F. Powers, JFK's administrative assistant, was the son of Irish immigrants from Cork who had settled in the Charlestown section of Boston.
Kenneth O'Donnell, JFK's appointments secretary, was a Harvard graduate from Worcester, Massachusetts.
Lawrence O'Brien, JFK's legislative assistant, was also the son of Irish immigrants from Cork and could "talk to politicians and win them over."
President Kennedy once confided to O'Donnell...
"The Irish do seem to have an art for government...perhaps we are both prejudiced."
A memoir written by Dave Powers & Kenny O'Donnell is titled "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye." The title comes from the Irish folk song "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye."
"When JFK entered White House he brought the Irish mafia with him", by Tom Deignan, December 20, 2016, Irish Central, www.irishcentral.com/