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 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy History Hub presents a number of documents relating to the political reaction in Ireland to his killing.

Part 1- Confidential 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 2Condolences – 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 3Personal 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