LIVE Community Chat: Remembering JFK

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LIVE Community Chat: Remembering JFK

Time: November 22, 2013 from 5pm to 6pm
Location: Main Chatroom
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Event Type: live, chat
Organized By: The Wild Geese
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2013

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Event Description

Perhaps the emotional highlight of the "JFK and the Irish" week will be a community-wide chat, slated for Friday, November 22, the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, at 5 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. Irish time. The 60-minute long event will be conducted in our Main Chat Room.

Irish Photo Archive’s Sean Walsh will be the prime focus for the 60-minute event, conducted in our Main Chat Room and moderated by our team. One focus will be the story of JFK’s visit in June 1963 to Ireland, and especially to his family’s ancestral homestead in New Ross, County Wexford. With Sean Walsh’s help, we will hear how photojournalist Andy Farren, today 97, helped capture moments during the ‘homecoming’ for posterity. Please RSVP as we expect a crowd.

Irish Photo Archive is providing two 12x16 prints made from the photos shot by Farren, now part of the Lensmen Agency collection it owns. We will offer these to participants in the community-wide chat via drawing held after the chat ends. These commemorative items are destined to become heirlooms.

Also to be given away to a lucky participant in Friday’s chat is a JFK Souvenir Hurley from Heritage Hurleys. Registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland, our Heritage Partner Heritage Hurleys is based in Westmeath. The firm makes handcrafted Irish Ash hurling gifts and souvenirs, personalized with images and text, giving an engraved effect finish a unique and beautiful Irish gift for all occasions.

Comment Wall

Comment by Susan McWilliams Lev-Yadun on November 22, 2013 at 1:53pm

That's midnight here. I'll try to join in.

Comment by Robert Burns on November 22, 2013 at 3:20pm

It's pipes practice time.  JFK's funeral included one of his favourite pipe/song tunes "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna".  I'll start with that if I can keep my composure.  And, since it's his death 50 years ago, which I remember vividly, rather than life, which is commemorated today, I ask whether there is hope for a country in which his death was widely cheered in Dallas, in which a trilogy of bullets snuffed him out, in which his brother and my black Jesus were also snuffed out, and in which we are told by the Powers to accept as isolated murders.  Who believes that?  And, why has not justice or, at least, retribution been meted out?!?

Comment by Jim Curley on November 22, 2013 at 3:54pm

Dallas has changed.  The DA in Dallas is an African American,and the city of Dallas went for Obama in the last election. Sadly, judging from its Governor and Senator Cruz I'm not sure the state has.

Comment by Robert Burns on November 22, 2013 at 3:58pm

I certainly hope so.  But, California was fleeced by Enron and the Texas utility pirates earlier this decade.

Comment by Gerry Regan on November 23, 2013 at 4:43pm

Robert, did you pipe yesterday in remembrance?

Comment by Robert Burns on November 23, 2013 at 4:44pm

I certainly did!  I'm still a bit depressed.


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