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July 24, 2012


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report of Chapter 12 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.



The title of Chapter 12 is “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye”


Kenneth O’Donnell tells us that after JFK left the Dail, he hurried to DUBLIN CASTLE. 


There he was invested as a freeman of the city & given honorary degrees from the Catholic National University of Ireland* & the Protestant Trinity College**.


*The Catholic University of Ireland was founded in 1851 but became the National University of Ireland in 1909.


**Trinity College, modeled after Oxford & Cambridge, was founded in 1592.


In his speech, President Kennedy said:


“I want to say how pleased I am to have this association with these two great universities.  I now feel equally a part of both, & if they ever have a game of Gaelic football or hurling, I shall cheer for Trinity & pray for National.”***


***I wrote to Dave Powers on Oct 9, 1987 inviting him to join me at the football game to be played at Chestnut Hill between Boston College & the University of Tennessee.  


In his reply of Oct 14, he thanked me for the invitation but declined because ‘I am not up to weekend sporting events any more.’


Before I left Knoxville for the game, I sent Dave an orange UT sweatshirt.  His answer follows:


John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library

Columbia Point

Boston, Massachusetts 02125


October 30, 1987


Dear John:


What a great sweatshirt – I’ve worn it already – the weather is perfect for it right now.  I certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness.


This weekend while watching the game (on TV) I’ll cheer for Tennessee & pray for B.C.


Thanks a million.


With my very best wishes,


Dave Powers

Museum Curator


JFK+50 Comment:


Praying apparently was more effective than cheering as the Boston College Eagles upset the mighty Volunteers 20 to 18.  BC finished the season with a 5-6 record while Tennessee was 10-2-1.

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