The First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama was given a rapturous reception when she arrived to speak in the same venue.
The presidential visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy's arrival in Ireland in 1963. Then Lensmen were to the fore in capturing imagery of important moments for the benefit of posterity. Today a half century after the event Lensmen's endeavors are still being acknowledged, with their coverage of the 1963 Presidential visit featuring extensively at the weekend in the Irish Independent.
|A Lensmen production that featured on the front cover of the Irish Independent weekend supplement on 15/06/2013|
Capturing the images for Lensmen was the company's joint owner Andy Farren one of the country's finest snappers. Lensmen had been retained by the government of the day to put together the official album.
|Andy Farren snapping away|
Lensmen have now licenced the Irish Photo Archive to digitise and preserve Lensmen’s extensive collection. Last year the significant task of digitising the collection began, up until then the archive had been relatively untouched. The hope is that over sixty years of work and sixty years of Irish life will be made accessible to everyone through the website www.irishphotoarchive.ie and this vast, historically important collection will be preserved for generations to come.
To that end the Irish Photo Archive has been steadily scanning and uploading digital images from the archive to the website.
We are especially pleased to be in possession of a series of images from the visit of John F. Kennedy to Ireland in 1963. These cover a number of the events that occurred during the visit such as the trip to Dunganstown to meet his relatives, his cavalcade through Dublin and many more. All of these images can be viewed on the website and prints are available for purchase both in Ireland and internationally.
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