45 Years Ago -- JFK Became The First U.S. President To Visit Ireland

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy arrived in Ireland, the first U.S. president to visit this land, and he spoke about the "emerald thread" tying together the two lands through the immigration of millions of Irish to America. Above is the first page from my book, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" that recalls that visit and, throughout the book, examines the influence of the Kennedys' Irish Catholic immigrant background on their public and private lives.