22nd November 1963
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On the 22nd of November, while travelling through Dallas, Texas by motorcade, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States was assassinated by a single gunman. 

JFK was the first Roman Catholic president and, as the descendent of Irish immigrants, was greatly loved by the Irish people. 

News of his death hit Ireland hard, as the nation took part in a day of mourning along side the U.S. 

Those who were alive at the time can tell you exactly where they were when they heard the news that the president, who had visited Ireland only 5 months previously, was dead. 

Vigils were held and there are some homes in Ireland where even today, a picture of JFK accompanies the Sacred Heart on the mantlepiece. 

This audio clip contains the radio report in Ireland following the assassination. 

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