John F. Kennedy 1917- 1963
On 06 June, An Post issued two stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy visit to Ireland.
As one of the most charismatic political figures of the twentieth century, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is remembered for a great many accomplishments during his all-too-short life, a life that ended so tragically and violently as his motorcade drove though Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas on a bright November day in 1963.
Not just in America, but throughout the world, change was happening at an accelerated rate in the early years of the 1960s. But rather than shy away from change, Kennedy embraced it with every fibre of his being.
During his tenure as Commander-in-Chief, President Kennedy – the first Catholic president of the United States – accomplished a great deal in a relatively short time. In 1962, he diffused the Cuban Missile Crisis, thereby averting the possibility of an all-out global nuclear war. He inspired the establishment of the Peace Corps which today sends thousands of volunteers around to world to help those in need. His commitment to space exploration ultimately resulted in America landing the first man on the moon. He also introduced laws that ended segregation in interstate travel facilities.
His legacy lives on to this day.
In Ireland, JFK is perhaps best remembered for the state visit to his ancestral homeland in June of 1963. His itinerary for the four-day visit included, amongst others, addressing both Houses of the Irish Oireachtas, laying a wreath at the graves of victims of the Easter Rising and paying a visit to the Kennedy ancestral home in Dunganstown, County Wexford.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy visit to Ireland, An Post is issuing two stamps designed by Steve Simpson, and featuring images of the state visit.
Products available with this issue:
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 60c Stamp (131060) €0.60
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 90c Stamp (131090) €0.90
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 60c Sheetlet (131060SH) €9.60
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 90c Sheetlet (131090SH) €14.40
John F. Kennedy 1917-1963 FDC (1310FDC) €2.50
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