Jacqueline Lee Bouvier ~ Age 3
‘She had dark fully hair generous lips, a snub nose and beautiful large eyes.’
Dearest Camelot Courtiers,
I shall be hosting a Kennedy chat this Sunday night, July 7th, at 6pm to 7pm EST, and all you Kennedy fans are welcome attend. It may be a weekly/monthly thing with specific topics for each chat, but for the moment, I see this as being a general get-together for us Kennedettes to meet and get to know one another a little better, and - of course - for us to chat about all things ‘Camelot’! :-)
If you’d like to attend, just leave a message below and I’ll be in touch with the link and password.
So looking forward to chatting with y’all,
Though Jackie could not understand how her husband and his political rivals could simulatenously campaign against eachother and yet socialise as friends, she played her part as a senator’s wife and diplomatically offers a political rival some tea.
…So that concludes my 50th Anniversary posts on President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963. I sincerely hope you all enjoyed it, and learned even just a little something new about JFK as a person. Over the past half-century, those closest to him and those who accompanied him described his Presidential trip to Ireland as the happiest 4 days of his life. And that alone is enough for any Kennedy fan to take note of his time here, and his overall relationship with his ancestral home.
I had a fab evening last Wednesday in The Little Museum of Dublin where RTE personality Ryan Tubridy gave a wonderfully engaging talk on President Kennedy’s 1963 visit. (No matter how many times I hear them, I will always *love* Kennedy stories… just like a child loves to be told their favourite fairytale over and over again, or just like JFK loved watching the video of his trip to Ireland over and over again!!!) During the talk, Ryan reflected on the importance of the visit, and how its ripple effect lead to Senator Ted Kennedy, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and President Bill Clinton to hugely contribute to a cease-fire between the troubled north and south of Ireland during the mid-90s.
If any of you are searching for a more personal effect of the trip on JFK and the Kennedy family, look no further than the Kennedys’ christian names; two generations after the Kennedys and Fitzgeralds had immigrated from Ireland, Kennedy children were given names such as ‘Eunice’, ‘Robert’, ‘Jean’ and ‘Edward’… all more ‘New England’ than Irish!
But! Soon after JFK arrived home from Ireland, Jackie gave birth to a baby boy, and he would be christened with the most Irish name of them all… Patrick!
Obviously inspired by his reignited love for his heritage, it was JFK who named their newborn son. However, baby Patrick wasn’t to stay on this earth for very long, and after 3 days, he passed away in his father’s arms. A grief-stricken JFK would turn to his Catholic faith for comfort, and when he himself would pass away a few short months later, the Irish people would fill their churches to pray for him. To this day, my mother and father will each attest to the fact that every Irish household hung a picture of the Sacred Heart, the Pope, and President Kennedy on its wall.
Ireland and the Kennedy dynasty will forever be linked by blood and nature. As an Irish girl, whenever I read about JFK - whether it be his keen wit, wily charm, smiling blue eyes, or insatiable curiosity - I always think ‘that’s so Irish!’ And I feel incredibly thankful that he got to visit here as President before that November.
A special thanks to all of you who has been taking note of the Irish posts over the past 4 days. I’d love to know if you had any favourite moment in particular. And to those of you who may have missed the posts, I implore you to quickly scroll through them, and please, take a moment to see just how happy the President looks.
Love and thanks to you all from the Emerald Isle :) x
The Winning Smile: JFK In Galway, Ireland ~ June 29th, 1963
President Kennedy is pictured by rookie photographer Stan Shields who on his first assignment for the Connaught Tribune. Stan had gestured to the President to pose for his camera, but the secret service tackled him for being so close. JFK brushed them off, saying “It’s okay, he’s my friend” and then smiled, making sure Shields got his photograph.
I love this story so much, how many would call a photographer their ‘friend’ today? And just lookit that smile!
The index card on which JFK wrote down the famous line just moments prior to his speech.
I love his handwriting, and the underlining and phonetical spelling of ‘Ber-LEE-ner’ to help him with his pronunciation was too cute. And then it only got cuter with his Bawsten accent! XD
“There was one person whose every handclap and call for Caroline caused her to bound fourth in the most excited, exhilarated way – her daddy. His loud sharp claps, accompanied by his usual call of ‘Buttons, where’s Buttons?’ would have Caroline scampering in the direction of his voice with incredible, almost uncontrollable speed.
On many occasions, her starting and finishing line would be from the third floor nursery down to the foot of the first-floor staircase. I found myself holding my breath until she reached that last step safely and was caught in her father’s arms.
‘Buttons’ was the President’s nickname for Caroline, and sometimes he was ‘Silly Daddy’ to her. It was like a private game between them.”
~ From My Life with Jackie Kennedy by Mary Barelli Gallagher
Happy Father’s Day
Stamps Mark JFK’s Visit to Ireland
TWO new stamps marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland have been printed.
The An Post images of the June 1963 visit were unveiled in Kennedy’s ancestral homeland at New Ross in Co Wexford.
The 60c stamp shows a photograph of JFK being served tea by his cousin’s daughter, the late Mary Ann Ryan, in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross.
The 90c stamp shows Preident Kennedy and Taoiseach Sean Lemass laying a wreath at Arbour Hill military cemetery in Dublin.
Also pictured in the 90c stamps is then Commandant PJ Daly who went on to become Brigadier General of the Defence Forces.
Now 93, he joined Jim Grennan, a cousin of the Kennedys, to unveil the stamps at a special ceremony at New Ross Town Council.
Local representative councillor Paul Crowdle welcomed the decision to unveil the stamps in New Ross.
“This stamp launch is part of this year’s special JFK 50 programme of events and reinforces the close links between New Ross and the Kennedy Family,” he said.
Designed by Steve Simpson, the stamps have been produced with a first day cover also featuring photographs taken during the four-day visit.
Barney Whelan, An Post Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, said that there was significant national and international interest in the new stamps.
“Irish stamps are renowned for the quality of their subject matter and their design,” he said.
“As they travel on letters and parcels and take their place in treasured stamp collections across the globe, they loudly proclaim Ireland’s enduring respect and fondness for John F. Kennedy, his historic visit and its significance for Irish people in the United States and at home.”
Read An Post’s official press release here
The bottom picture is my own set of First Day Issues… I’m a Kennedy collector *and* a stamp collector, so you can imagine my excitement at picking up this!!!