To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s visit to Ireland, we decided to take a look at the speeches of JFK, and how we could captivate a crowd. (Note: This blog first appeared in 2013.)
By Ariadne Laurenns, ConfidentSpeak
JFK 50 took place over the weekend.
New Ross was the place to be as celebrations spanned the weekend in honour of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s visit to Ireland in 1963 and indeed in honour of his visit to his home town.
Kennedy represented the ultimate success story of the Irish emigrant.
In three generations his families fortunes changing from famine emigrants to producing the most powerful man in the world.
Listening to the confidently delivered speeches made by his daughter Caroline and Grandson Jack, it was clear that ‘the apples haven’t fallen very far from the tree’!
The Speeches of JFK: My Favourite
Anyway the whole thing got me thinking about the speeches of JFK, and how the great man himself used his ability to captivate a crowd and inspire a nation with his oratorial style.
We all have our favourite speeches but mine has to be his Moon Speech, delivered at Rice University in September 1962, a year before he came to Ireland. During this speech he challenges America to put a man on the moon.
Despite the fact that this speech is almost 18 minutes in duration, this great orator holds his audiences rapt right to the end.
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