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"Kennedy's­ Cadets" Documentary Screening -SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER JUST ANNOUNCED!

  • Nov 22, 2013 · 7:30 PM
  • New York Irish Center

This Friday, November 22 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Kennedy’s Cadets Documentary


Army 1st Sgt. Martin Dockery, who hosted the Cadets at St. Matthew's Cathedral and Arlington Cemetery, at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy, will be a guest speaker Friday night at the New York Irish Center.

Fri Nov 22nd, Doors Open at  7.30 pm -- Screening at - 8.00 pm

“Kennedy’s Cadets” tells the extraordinary story of this group of Irish teenagers, who in the space of 48 hours found themselves catapulted to the forefront of the world’s media, standing beside the grave of the most powerful man in the western world.

And, in a truly emotional epilogue to the story, three of the members of that cadet class who have not returned to Washington since 1963, make that journey once more, to the gravesite where they stood with their classmates, all those years ago.

The Documentary is presented ‘as Gaeilge’ with subtitles in English.



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  • Robert P. L.

    Here is a similar story. A month before the assassination, Taoiseach Sean Lemass paid a state visit to the White House. At the time, the United States Air Force maintained a bagpipe band, which was asked to perform at a state dinner honoring the Taoiseach. Because that band wore uniforms of a Scottish military style, it was thought more appropriate if they wore Irish costumes, instead. The Co. Tyrone Pipers' Band of New York, the best known Irish bagpipe band in the U.S. was contacted. They were known for wearing Irish-styled uniforms, including saffron colored kilts and green tunics, and because they eschewed military accoutrements common among pipe bands maintained by Scottish regiments of British Army and bands here who modeled their costumes after them. The Tyrone Pipers were happy to lend their costumes to the Air Force Band for the event. I believe that the band also piped at President Kennedy's funeral the next month, wearing their own uniforms that time.

    3 · November 17, 2013

    • Jane

      Thanks for sharing Robert, that's really interesting.

      1 · November 19, 2013

    • Sile

      I remember Robert. Thanks for sharing.

      1 · November 19, 2013

  • Jane

    ***************NEWS FLASH**************************

    The New York Irish Center are thrilled to announce that we are honored to have a very very special guest at “Kennedy’s Cadets” here at the New York Irish Center on Friday 22nd of Nov. Army 1st Lt. Martin Dockery was a member of the Army's prestigious "Old Guard" ceremonial unit, the memories are a little more personal: He was in charge of the ushers at Kennedy's funeral at St. Matthew's Cathedral. Army 1st Lt. Martin Dockery also was responsible for meeting, greeting and hosting the Irish Cadet's requested by Jacqueline Kennedy to perform a silent graveside drill her husband had admired during his visit to Ireland earlier that year. Directly after our screening on Friday, Martin has very graciously agreed to share and talk about his experience.


    1 · November 19, 2013

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