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JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President [Hardcover]

Ryan Tubridy
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28 Oct 2010

In his first book, award-winning radio and TV presenter Ryan Tubridy tells the fascinating story of the iconic president John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland.

The idolized, handsome and glamorous John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the great-grandson of Irish immigrants and the first and only Irish-Catholic American elected as President of the United States. He relished his Irish heritage and in June 1963 made a memorable four-day trip to his homeland, which he called the best 'four days of his life'. Tragically, five months later he was assassinated.

In this fully illustrated book, Tubridy reveals the huge effect JFK's visit had on Ireland - a country that at the time was largely agrarian and extremely poor. He includes never-seen-before photos of the president and private documents that reveal how the Irish rejoiced in having a president visit their shore. Tubridy evaluates whether the well-loved president, whose 'Camelot' years some believe would have heralded a golden age, actually inspired Ireland to reinvent itself and instilled pride in the Irish people, or whether the myth of JFK just left behind an idyllic dream of what could have been.

This book is a fascinating, unique and insightful read from one of Ireland's most popular personalities.



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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731759X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007317592
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryan Tubridy is an award winning television and radio presenter for RTE in Ireland.

Currently, Tubridy presents 'The Tubridy Show' on RTE Radio 1 and is host of the 'Late Late Show', the world's longest running chat show. Since taking over in 2009 he has interviewed a number of international and acclaimed personalities from the Osbournes to Bertie Ahern and Jermaine Jackson.

In the summer of 2009 Tubridy was named 'Dubliner of the Year' by The Dubliner.

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‘In the manner of Woodward and Bernstein … [Tubridy] displays a surreptitious gift for giving the foreground a fictive gloss in pursuit of the truth. Still pursuing the truth, his authorial master stroke is a simple one. He balances the subjective prose-eye with the more distanced eye of the camera.’ The Scotsman

About the Author

Ryan Tubridy is an award winning television and radio presenter for RTE in Ireland.

Currently, Tubridy presents 'The Tubridy Show' on RTE Radio 1 and is host of the 'Late Late Show', the world's longest running chat show. Since taking over in 2009 he has interviewed a number of international and acclaimed personalities from the Osbournes to Bertie Ahern and Jermaine Jackson.

In the summer of 2009 Tubridy was named 'Dubliner of the Year' by The Dubliner.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Days for Ireland 8 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
For his first book, Irish TV and Radio award winner, Ryan Tubridy, made the brave move of choosing to chronicle John Kennedy's 1963 visit to Ireland.

It took fortitude to approach this topic, given the plethora of Kennedy books on the market, the revisionist tone of many on looking back on the 'Kennedy myth',and the dubious nature of Irish American politics connections to the most unhappy types of paddywhackery.

However, his courage is well rewarded with a fascinating and beautifully presented tome that takes us back to different times and while certainly presenting Kennedy in a favourable light, gives an accurate representation of the effect the charismatic young American had on the emergent Irish nation and the genuine spell that he wove over the many who saw him during those four hectic days

Whatever one's political views on 'Camelot' with the hindisight of fifty years, there is no gainsaying Tubridy's accurate reflection that, in landing in the grey and isolated Ireland of the 1960s, he brought colour to monochrome, confidence to the deflated, and hope to the depressed.

The many excellently chosen pictures show not only the Ireland of the time, but also the contrast between the tired grey faces of the civil war survivors who made up the most of the country's political elite and the energetic young President who connected physically and emotionally with the hundreds of thousand who came to see him.

Tubridy is strong on the effects of Kennedy's visit on Ireland, as a nation, but also writes interestingly on the country's effect on JFK.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More meat on the bones 4 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
My wife bought this book for me for Christmas. I have read several books on JFK and have visted Dunganston In Ireland (his ancestral home) plus Dallas and Arlington Cemetry so I looked forward to getting my teeth into the book. Read it within a week. An easy read, full of the little details of the 4 days that gave an insight into the man and what he actually meant to Ireland. Excellent quality book, high class paper and excellent photographs of the whole visit. It shows how JFK fully embraced his heritage, more so than his father, and one is left wondering what would have happened if he had not been taken so early in life. The suggestion that he would have taken the USA ambassador's job in Dublin post his presidency would have been a story in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to both the layman and anyone with an interest in such an intriguing man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 1 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my father, and he was very pleased! Can't say I know too much about it myself, but from flicking through it I was very impressed. High quality pages with fantastic photographs.
My father has already finished it and said it is a wonderful knowledge filled book.

(Arrived extremely fast, in perfect condition and at a wonderful price.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read again and again 9 Dec 2013
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such an easy read,wonderful pictures of a joyous time, especially when it is only a few months before JFK's tragic death .
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