LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1961

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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.

BIRTH­DAY PEO­PLE

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.

CAN­BERRA CRUISES

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.

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