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JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President
     

JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President

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by Ryan Tubridy
 

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In his first book, award-winning radio and TV presenter Ryan Tubridy tells the fascinating story of the iconic president John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland.The idolized, handsome and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic American elected as President of the United States. He relished his Irish

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In his first book, award-winning radio and TV presenter Ryan Tubridy tells the fascinating story of the iconic president John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland.The idolized, handsome and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic American elected as President of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage and in June 1963 made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland, which he called the best 'four days of his life'. Tragically, five months later he was assassinated.In this fully illustrated book, Tubridy reveals the huge effect JFK's visit had on Ireland - a country that at the time was largely agrarian and extremely poor. He includes never-seen-before photos of the president and private documents that reveal how the Irish rejoiced in having a president visit their shore. Tubridy evaluates whether the well-loved president, whose 'Camelot' years some believe would have heralded a golden age, actually inspired Ireland to reinvent itself and instilled pride in the Irish people, or whether the myth of JFK just left behind an idyllic dream of what could have been.This book is a fascinating, unique and insightful read from one of Ireland's most popular personalities.

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"This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection." President John F. Kennedy, Limerick, June 29th 1963

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ISBN-13:
9780007412341
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2010
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
36 MB
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"What happened to the Kennedys between 1848 when Patrick Kennedy got on the boat to Boston and 1963 when his great-grandson John flew into Dublin on Air Force one is not just the story of one family, but of an entire nation. It is the story of a country on its knees, a country that was defined by death and departure. It is the story of a clutch of people who were spat out onto the shores of America. It is the story of their insatiable appetite to better themselves and how that hunger led them not only to the top of the ladder but also back to Ireland and, ultimately, back home." —From JFK In Ireland

Meet the Author

Ryan Tubridy is one of Ireland’s leading and best-loved television and radio presenters, whose shows include Radio Telefís Éireann’s The Tubridy Show, which examines all aspects of Irish politics, society and culture, and the television chat show Tubridy Tonight on RTÉ One.

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JFK in Ireland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable recounting of a much happier time.