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John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Brookline, Massachusetts 1917 - Dallas, Texas 1963
35th president of the United States, 1961-1963
Albert O'Toole

Galway - Gaillimh /  John F. Kennedy   Galway - Gaillimh /  John F. Kennedy


Stone 'desk' with a relief portrait in front and a stone tablet with text at the top.


bronnadh saoirse bhuirg na Gaillimhe ar
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Uachtarán Stáitaontaithe Mheiriceá
sa bfaiche seo 29 meitheamh 1963

john fitzgerald kennedy
president of the unitedstates of america
became freeman of galwat borough
at this place on 29th june 1963


albert o'toole


In 1965 the park at Eyre Square was renamed the "John F. Kennedy Memorial Park" and was a limestone monument to the late president erected. In August 1965, Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston, in the presence of President Éamon de Valera and Taoiseach Seán Lemass, dedicated and blessed the park and unveiled the memorial monument. The original monument was a limestone wall, 2m high and 3m wide, with as its centrepiece a bronze profile of President Kennedy, which was cast from a bas-relief wood carving by local artist Albert O'Toole, with an inscription in English and Irish. In 1975, the monument collapsed and was removed; it was subsequently redesigned and re-erected. In the early 2000s, during the Eyre Square Enhancement Project, it was relocated to the east of the park.

Galway - Gaillimh / John F. Kennedy


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Location (N 53°16'28" - W 9°2'55")

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