JFK magically stoked fires of our self-belief
50 years ago, when John F Kennedy visited Ireland, it gave us all hope that there was light at the end of the emigrant tunnel, writes Tom McGurk.
Fifty years ago this week Ireland was consumed by a still unforgettable fairytale. Out of the dank mists of history, a prodigal son had returned from the ghostly diaspora and their millions of descendants. For four days, Ireland came to a halt, to stop and listen, to watch and to stare in wonder. Could one of our own have become this?
Looking back now, I think it is no exaggeration to believe that, after John...
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