Looking West from Galway Bay:

A Celebration of John F. Kennedy’s Visit to Ireland

“I am glad to be here. It took 115 years to make this trip, and 6,000 miles, and three generations.”

"President Kennedy,  New Ross, Co. Wexford, 27 June, 1963"

In June 1963 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the great-grandson of Irish emigrants, became the first serving U.S. President to visit Ireland. As part of a European tour, President Kennedy spent a hectic four days in Ireland, visiting Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Using artefacts, documents, photographs, film footage and personal memories this online exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of his visit to Galway City.

Project Co-ordinator: Brendan McGowan

Special thanks to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston; National Archives; National Library of Ireland; Chris Visosky, U.S. Embassy, Dublin; RTÉ Archives & Libraries; Tanya Williams Photography; Connacht Tribune; Michael Kelly, Cong; and the Biddulph Family.

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