Ulster Reacts to the Assassination of John F Kennedy

Ulster Reacts to the Assassination of John F Kennedy

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Belfast, Derry City, Londonderry, Queen Street, Queen's University of Belfast




Production 24/11/1963


08min 30sec


silent, sound



black and white


Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Archiving Scheme 2


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The political and public reaction to the assassination of the 35th US President, John F Kennedy. The US Consul General, Mr Murphy is interviewed on the impact of President Kennedy’s death and his legacy. After, several vox pops with members of the public sharing their reaction. Finally, footage of memorial services at churches and Belfast City Hall, as well as people signing books of condolence in Belfast and at the US Naval Communications Station in Derry. 


John F Kennedy: President Kennedy (1917-1963) was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963. He was US President for three years and had close connections to Ireland. He visited Dublin in 1962 and his death was greeted with shock and sorrow all over Ireland. 

US Consulate General, Belfast: The Consulate General in Belfast is one of the oldest in the world having been founded by President George Washington in 1796 (per USA Consulate website). At the time of President Kennedy’s death it was located in Queen Street in Belfast. It is now in Stranmillis, Belfast. 

The US Naval Communications Station was established in Londonderry in 1943 in support of the Allied troops. It remained in operation until 1977. It was based on the site where Foyle College now sits and a memorial to it and those who served can be seen there. 


An Ulster Television Production



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