JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President

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The fascinating story of the iconic president's trip to Ireland The idolized, handsome, and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic president of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage and in June 1963 made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland, which he called the best four days of his life. Tragically, five months later he was assassinated. This fully illustrated book reveals the huge effect JFK's visit had on Ireland, a country that at the time was largely agrarian and extremely poor. It includes never-seen-before photos of the president and private documents that reveal how the Irish rejoiced in having a president visit their shore. This book evaluates whether the well-loved president, whose Camelot years some believe would have heralded a golden age, actually inspired Ireland to reinvent itself and instilled pride in the Irish people, or whether the myth of JFK just left behind an idyllic dream of what could have been. This is a fascinating, unique, and insightful read from one of Ireland's most popular personalities.

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A beautifully nostalgic look back at JFK’s historic visit to his ancestral home

 

"This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection."

—President John F. Kennedy, Limerick, June 29, 1963

 

For the first time ever, award-winning journalist Ryan Tubridy tells the fascinating story of the young, iconic President John F. Kennedy’s only visit to Ireland.  The idolized, handsome, and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic American to be elected President of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage, and in June 1963 he made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland. Five months later, he was assassinated.

In this fully illustrated book, complete with never-before-seen photographs and heartwarming stories, Tubridy reveals the huge effect JFK’s visit had on Ireland, and the affection Kennedy felt for his fellow Irishmen and his Irish heritage. He also portrays how those sentiments were reciprocated by a nation enchanted by the young President, whose people took him into their hearts.

Fascinating and insightful, JFK in Ireland captures with authority and integrity the time that Kennedy described as “the best four days of my life.”

About the Author:

Ryan Tubridy is a television and radio host in Ireland, including hosting The Late Late Show, the world's longest running talk show.

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