Episode 4: A Homecoming

November 2, 2023

About This Episode

On the heels of his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, JFK traveled northward to Ireland, where his great-grandparents emigrated from in the 19th century. The first Irish Catholic president, JFK’s visit was both meaningful for him personally and a rousing and significant event for the people of Ireland. We’ll hear about the impact of his trip and speak with Dr. Catherine Healy, Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, about JFK’s travels in the country.

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Related Material

Listen to President Kennedy’s speeches quoted in this episode:

View photos of and artifacts related to President Kennedy's trip to Ireland

Watch Colm Tóibín’s keynote at the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award ceremony and the JFK Library Forum with Ryan Tubridy

Listen to Ambassador Thomas J. Kiernan’s oral history interview

Learn about our guest, Dr. Catherine Healy


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