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JFK in Ireland

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  77 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
John F. Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the only Irish-Catholic American elected as President of the US. He relished his Irish heritage and in June 1963 made a 4-day trip to his homeland. This book documents his trip and reveals the huge effect his visit had on Ireland.
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Collins Publishers
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Pete daPixie
Ryan Tubridy's 'JFK In Ireland-Four Days that Changed a President', published in 2010, takes the reader back to the summer of 1963. After a brief biography cum genealogical link of the Kennedy and Fitzgerald lines, we follow the European tour, first into Germany, where JFK made his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, prior to the less political visit to Ireland.
The book stretches to some two hundred and eighty pages, but is punctuated with many photographs throughout. In fact it is the photographic i
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Nicholas Lefevre
Mar 31, 2016 Nicholas Lefevre rated it liked it
Preparing for my return to Ireland I took this out of the library. It's a very thorough account of JFK's 1963 trip together with some family history of ancestors and return trips by American descendants. The books ambitions are quite modest and so are its accomplishments. Don't bother to read it unless your have a good reason.
Bonnie
Apr 30, 2013 Bonnie rated it liked it
This book offered an interesting glimpse into the Kennedy family's background and the circumstances that lead up to JFK's election as the 35th President of the United States.

The majority of the book focuses on the several days that JFK spent in Ireland in June of 1963. While it illuminates the details of his trip, I felt that the book avoided sounding like a recap of his itinerary. The book was full of photographs from the journey, personal letters and anecdotes from those who had interaction w
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David Bales
Mar 05, 2012 David Bales rated it really liked it
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Poignant and elaborately illustrated with photographs, this book covers President Kennedy's emotional trip to his ancestral homeland of Ireland in the summer of 1963. Although not remembered in America, Kennedy's trip was a major event in Irish history and was the coming of age for the small, poor (in 1963) Irish Republic that was struggling to get out from generations of population loss and poverty. Kennedy was greeted as a hero in Dublin, Cork and in New Ross, County Wexford, from where his gr ...more
Victoria
Aug 30, 2015 Victoria rated it it was amazing
It was really easy to read. All the interesting photos were beautiful addition to the written text. If all my history books were like this, I would be even bigger history nerd as I already am.
Tara
Mar 23, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it
Detailed interesting account of his visit, especially for an Irish girl living in the US.
Maiken
Sep 10, 2013 Maiken rated it liked it
Good overview of the event that brought Ireland into its own. It was not until I read this book that I fully understood how young a nation Ireland actually is.
Frank
Dec 22, 2011 Frank rated it liked it
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