LOSE YOURSELF IN 1961
JFK FOR PRESIDENT
Ireland celebrates when John F Kennedy becomes US president. The famous American political dynasty is of Irish-Catholic descent; JFK’s great grandparents were County Wexford farmer Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy. Patrick sailed to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1849.
GRACE AND FAVOURITE
Another family with Irish heritage returns when Prince Rainier and Princess Grace (left) visit Ireland, including the three-roomed cottage in Newport, County Mayo, that Grace Kelly’s grandfather, John Henry Kelly, left for America a century previously.
Famous Irish citizens born this year include future world champion featherweight boxer Barry McGuigan, actress Orla Brady, country and folk singer Daniel O’Donnell and U2 guitarist The Edge. Or David Howell Evans, as his parents rather erroneously named him at the time.
Over the border in Northern Ireland, the last passenger liner built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast is delivered to P&O. Originally intended for the Britain to Australia route, SS Canberra participated in the Falklands War and continued in passenger service until 1997.
SS Canberra – aka The Great White Whale – in her heyday.