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JFK shakes hands with President de Valera; the two leaders develop a cordial rapport during the visit. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

An Honour Guard welcomes JFK to Irish soil.
(NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

An Honour Guard welcomes JFK to Irish soil. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Enthusiastic onlookers wave to JFK from a packed balcony at Dublin Airport. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Enthusiastic onlookers wave to JFK from a packed balcony at Dublin Airport. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

JFK standing in the open-topped car so vivdly recalled by many who saw him. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

JFK standing in the open-topped car so vivdly recalled by many who saw him. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

The long motorcade travels down a packed O'Connell Street towards O'Connell Bridge. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

The long motorcade travels down a packed O'Connell Street towards O'Connell Bridge. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Outriders on motorcycles accompany the Presidential car as JFK travels through Dublin. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Outriders on motorcycles accompany the Presidential car as JFK travels through Dublin. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

The motorcade is cheered along Dublin's Parliament Street, with City Hall in the background. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

The motorcade is cheered along Dublin's Parliament Street, with City Hall in the background. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Cameras and US flags greeted JFK wherever he went. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Cameras and US flags greeted JFK wherever he went. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

JFK  waves to the Dublin crowds as the motorcade arrives at College Green.  (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

JFK waves to the Dublin crowds as the motorcade arrives at College Green. (NLI, Independent Newspapers Collection)

Arrival in Dublin

26 June 1963

Air Force One brought President Kennedy into Dublin Airport at 8pm, where he was met by President Eamon de Valera and Taoiseach Seán Lemass. After formal speeches, they set off into central Dublin, where the Irish enthusiasm for JFK became very clear.

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