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President Kennedy Departs Ireland

June 29, 1963 - President Kennedy ended his three-day visit to Ireland today, promising to come back some day “and see old Shannon’s face again.” Mr. Kennedy’s last day, like his first two, was cold and windy with occasional rain, but in Galway, Limerick, and Shannon, his brief visits brought cheer to thousands of the Irish. He flew on to what he delicately called “another country,” in deference to Irish touchiness about Britain, to confer with Prime Minister Macmillan at the latter’s home in Birch Grove, Sussex. Several thousand people were on hand at Shannon International Airport for Mr. Kennedy’s departure. They heard him describe the Irish section of his 11-day European tour as “the high point of our trip.” Mr. Kennedy thus closed out a three-day visit that had no great diplomatic importance but which obviously delighted him, gave the numerous Irishmen on his staff an opportunity to visit family members, and produced a great outpouring of affection for the President in Dublin, County Wexford, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

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