Peggy McNamara, Rhebogue

Peggy (then aged 26) was pregnant with her first child when President Kennedy visited in June 1963. She recalls the long walk to the race course, crowds, and the euphoria that was around Limerick now just that day but for weeks afterward, as a result of the visit. Peggy also remembers exactly where she was when she heard that President Kennedy was shot months later. It had an emotional impact on her, and on her family. A picture of President Kennedy was on her mother’s mantle above the fireplace.