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Farewell Messages to President de Valcra and Prime Minister Lemass.

June 29, 1963

To President Eamon de Valera:

I want to thank you for a visit that has been one of the most moving experiences of my life. Your gracious wife taught me the Irish word for welcome, "failte." I did not know "failte" could mean as much as you and the Irish people have made it mean for me during the past four days. I will have the memory of this wonderful Irish welcome in my heart always.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

To Taoiseach Sean F. Lemass:

I would like through you, Mr. Lemass, to thank all of the Irish people who have made my visit such a memorable one. The wonderful hospitality I have been showered with has indeed made me feel that I had "come home."

Meeting so many of the Irish people and their leaders was particularly enjoyable and I have been gratified by their sympathetic understanding of the problems which we in the West face.

I should like you to know how much I have enjoyed the personal exchange of views and ideas I have had with you. From the bottom of my heart, God bless Ireland.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

John F. Kennedy, Farewell Messages to President de Valcra and Prime Minister Lemass. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/237038

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