Stamped on verso Jul. 1 1963. In fine condition. Cork was not originally on President Kennedy’s itinerary, but on Friday the 28th June 1963 he decided that he would like to visit. He travelled to Cork by helicopter. Having travelled through the city accompanied by bursts of band music and continuous cheering and applause.
His speech was broadcast over loudspeakers to the crowds outside. In that speech, he talked about the Irish connections of his many of his entourage (nicknamed the “Murphia” by his wife) and praised the contribution of Ireland to the United States. Speaking about Ireland’s long history of emigration, he said that “most countries send out oil, iron, steel or gold, some others crops, but Ireland has only one export and that is people.”
Newsmen who followed the President around Ireland reported that the Cork crowd was by far the most enthusiastic he had met.