It will be 57 years ago this forthcoming weekend since the awful events in Dealey Plaza.
My parents said they were at a guest-tea (correct spelling?) in Innisrush Church Hall, on Friday 22nd November 1963.
Kennedy was shot just after mid-day, at 12.30pm Texas time, which would have been 6.30pm in Ireland.
They said that someone came into the hall, from the village, with the news that the President had been shot in Dallas. I have a feeling that dad told me who came to the Hall with the news. But I don’t remember.
A public statement, just over an hour after the shooting, confirming Kennedy’s death, was released by White House Acting Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff, at 1:33 p.m Dallas time – which would have been 7.33pm in Northern Ireland.
After the initial shock of the news of the shooting, the subsequent news via the radio, of JFK’s death, soon started to filter through the village and up to the Hall. It was a night no-one would forget. A moment in time.
Where Were You?
I know this site has subscribers from across the world. Where were you when you heard the news of Kennedy’s killing?
For Innisrush folk, and those in the local area, where were you?
Can anyone confirm the gathering in Innisrush Hall that night? Were you, or perhaps your parents, grandparents, uncle/aunt at the Hall? Was it a ‘guest-tea’ or something else related to the church? Who brought the news to the Hall? Did any house in the area have a TV as early as November 1963?