From top: A still from ‘never before seen’ 16mm footage of President John F Kennedy in New Ross, county Wexford, in 1963 filmed by Peggy Walsh (above)
A 20-minute long colour video capturing the visit of President John F. Kennedy to New Ross in County Wexford in June 1963 is to be donated to the Kennedy Book and Research Archive at New Ross Library during this year’s 2021 Kennedy Summer School.
Ann Power writes:
The Kennedy Book and Research Archive is delighted to accept the Movie collection of Mrs. Peggy Walsh, Hoodsgrove, Rosbercon, New Ross.
Peggy, now 98 years old was a keen photographer and videographer and back in the day made lots of short movies capturing the most important events of the day in New Ross including the visit of President Kennedy to the town, the last days of the New Ross Dublin Train Service, play at New Ross Golf Club and many others.
The poignant footage will be showcased to the public for the first time at an outdoor screening event hosted by New Ross Library at the New Ross Library Park on September 2nd, 2021 at 5.30pm.
This event takes place as part of the annual Kennedy Summer School which will be hosted in New Ross in County Wexford from September 2nd to 4th 2021 with some events also available online.
Kennedy Summer School
At an unspecified bookstore today.
Nick Moran writes:
No. Merely Christ-like.
Patrick and The President (Ryan Tubridy and P.J. Lynch)
A plan of Air Force One parked at Dublin Airport ahead of then US President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland.
Via National Archives of Ireland
You may have seen the Irish Wind Energy Association ad on de telly.
Senator Thomas Byrne tweetz:
My motion before Seanad calling on Irish Wind Energy Association not to use JFK words addressing Oireachtas in ads.
Last month, a grand plan for the future of New York’s two major airports was announced: a 4 billion dollar revamp of LaGuardia and the development of a new hotel at the iconic 1962 TWA Terminal of JFK.
Historians and photographers (including Max Touhey, whose shots these are) have since converged on the late renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen’s iconic neofuturistic terminal to document the soon-to-be transformed interiors.
MORE: Capturing JFK’s Space-Age TWA Terminal Before It’s Revamped (Curbed)
[John F Kennedy during his visit to Limerick in 1963]
A special meeting [of Limerick City Council] ground to a halt on Friday after solicitors acting for Cllr Pat Kennedy indicated that he would start legal proceedings if plans to rename abridge in honour of John F Kennedy were not upheld.
One of the public at the meeting Michael Punch, Patrickswell, thinks it is “ridiculous” to rename the Shannon Bridge after JFK.
“Why should we name it after an American president who did not really do anything for our city, when there are so many who have done things for Limerick” he asked.
But Michael Leech, O’Connell Avenue disagreed: “It might attract some of the Kennedy family to the city, and the entourage they would bring.”
Limerick council threatened with legal action over bridge renaming (Limerick Leader)
Pic: Limerick Leader
Frequent visitor Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore laying a wreath at the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin today marking the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK.
The embassy’s unusual design (by John Mac L. Johansen and Irish architect, Michael Scott) was personally approved by President Kennedy when he took office in 1960.
Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland, US Embassy (top)