By Robert Knudsen (President Kennedy at Rice University (direct link)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Commemoration Special: JFK assassination

History Hub presents a number of documents showing Irish political and diplomatic reactions to the assassination of John F Kennedy on the 22nd of November 1963.

As part of a special series to commemorate the anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, History Hub presents a number of documents relating to the political reaction in Ireland to his assassination.

Part 1Confidential report of Irish Ambassador to the United States, Thomas Joseph Kiernan from 4 Dec. 1963 courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland (DFA/5/313/2 J). Includes analysis by Dr Conor Mulvagh.

Part 2– Condolences – Irish reactions to John F. Kennedy’s assassination by Dr Michael Kennedy (Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series).

Part 3 – Personal letter of thanks to Eamon de Valera from Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, following his attendance at the funeral of the late President (22 January 1964).

Image: By Robert Knudsen (President Kennedy at Rice University [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons