A program from the IFI Irish Film Archive
President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963 was widely seen in Ireland as one of the defining moments in modern Irish history. A state less than 50 years old at the time, Ireland welcomed the President like a native son, and as a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of a new era.
The screenings will be presented by Dr. Harvey O'Brien, UCD, Member of the Irish Film Institute Board of Directors, and author of "The Real Ireland: The Evolution of Ireland in Documentary Film."
Amharc Eireann Newsreel is a short Irish-language newsreel that screened in Irish cinemas in 1963, following that summer's visit of President Kennedy to Ireland. 1963/B&W/3.4 mins
The Columban Fathers Present President Kennedy in Ireland is a contemporaneous film celebrating the visit and the links between Irish and U.S. culture. 1963/Color/28 mins
John F Kennedy in the Island of Dreams is a 30th-anniversary film relating the visit to the dream of modern Ireland and its reality at a moment when Ireland has truly begun to make an impact on the world stage. 1993/Color/40 mins
Total Timing for Three Films: Approximately 2 hours,including film commentary, with no intermission.
More information about the screening here
This event is part of Ireland 100