Dublin, Ireland (JFK+50) John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-American President of the United States, landed here in Dublin 55 years ago, June 26, 1963, becoming the first POTUS to visit the country during his term of office.
The President was greeted by Eamon de Valera, President of Ireland, and welcomed by Irish children waving American flags and singing his favorite Irish tunes.
Ryan Tubridy writes...
"The two Presidents made their way...for the brief journey from Dublin airport across the city to Phoenix Park, home of both the Irish President and the American Ambassador to Ireland.
The crowds were enormous and excited. On...O'Connell Street, between 60,000 and 80,000 people showed up to welcome the President."
The people of Ireland were obviously pleased to see President Kennedy and on JFK's part he is said to have described the visit as "the best 'four days of his life.'"
"JFK In Ireland, Four Days That Changed a President," by Ryan Tubridy, Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2011.
"One of Ourselves: JFK in Ireland" by James Robert Carroll, Images from the Past, Inc., Bennington, Vermont, 2003.