Welcome Mr Presidents! RTÉ Archives has been taking a look at the visits of American presidents to these shores.
As we wait to hear if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is to be the next US president, have a look at the visits of six American Presidents to Ireland. There has been official state business, visits to ancestral homes, warm welcomes, anti war protests, and the customary tasting of a glass of stout.
Watch John F. Kennedy and his sisters chat and joke with their Irish relatives and take tea and salmon sandwiches on home-made bread on the ancestral farm in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford in 1963.
In 1970 Richard Nixon visited the Quaker burial ground where his mother’s ancestors were buried and then had a close encounter with an egg thrower on Lord Edward Street in Dublin. In 1984 Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy were entertained by Irish dancers In Ballyporeen and presented with a pictorial record of the town.
Bill and Hillary Clinton took a walk among the throngs in College Green in 1995 and President Clinton pulled a young boy from the crush and Hillary was asked if she has ‘any sisters knocking around’.
Revisit the anti war protests of 2004 against the use of Shannon Airport as a transit stop for US troops heading to Iraq as US President George Bush arrives on Irish soil.
Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle were given a warm welcome on their visit to Moneygall, home of the president’s great great great grandfather in 2011 and they stopped for a quick pint in Ollie Hayes’ pub.
These six Presidential clips are hosted on the RTÉ Archives website, where content from the archives is published on a daily basis. So far this year, over 1,000 stories have been made available with the site attracting 1.4 million visits to date in 2016. To keep up with the latest stories from the archives follow @RTEArchives on Facebook and Twitter.
Consisting of Ireland’s largest audio visual collection, with over 650,000 thousand hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents, RTÉ Archives maintains and preserves a unique record of Irish life in the interest of the Irish public.