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In Photos: Dublin in 1963 including John F. Kennedy and the Beatles visit

Here are some photos that show what was happening in 1963 and what life was like then

US President John Kennedy, Trip to Europe. Motorcade in Dublin, Ireland 1963. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
US President John Kennedy motorcade in Dublin 1963

From John F. Kennedy's visit to the Beatlemania surrounding The Beatles' only ever concert date in Ireland, 1963 was an interesting year for Ireland.

We uncovered some archive photos from that year so that our readers can imagine - or remember - what it was like then, being among the people seeing the JFK motorcade in Dublin or among the thousands queueing up in front of the Adelphi Cinema to see The Beatles live.

Other highlights of that 1963 were the death of Domhnall Ua Buachalla, the last Governor-General of the Irish Free State, and the proposal for the abolishment of the death penalty. The death penalty was then abolished for all but a very limited class of crimes by the Criminal Justice Act 1964, and was abolished in full by the Criminal Justice Act 1990.

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