Jackie Kennedy horse riding during a visit to Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

In August 1950, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier visited Dublin and was shown around the city by a family friend, Fr Joseph Leonard. He secured an invita(...)

Caroline Kennedy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the Kennedy homestead and visitor centre at New Ross, Co Wexford, in June last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jackie Kennedy’s letters to Irish priest Fr Joseph Leonard were not her only correspondence with Ireland. It has emerged that she also wrote to Joh(...)

 Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and  John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955.

The importance of Fr Joseph Leonard in the life of the Kennedys was recalled by former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in an interview with The Irish Times la(...)

Jacqueline Kennedy with children Caroline and John (holding kittens) visiting the Kennedy homestead in New Ross on their 1967visit to Ireland. Photograph: Irish Photographic Archive/Lensmen

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier had established a separate – and little-known – relationship with Ireland before she even met the future president Kennedy. Her(...)

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy wirh Fr Joseph Leonard: the archive of her correspondence with the priest will be sold at auction next month. Photograph supplied by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House. 2:48

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s thoughts about her marriage to President John F Kennedy, their life in the White House and her reaction to his assassinat(...)

Photograph supplied by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House

The archive titled “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy: Letters to Fr Joseph Leonard, 1950-1964” contains more than 30 (mostly handwritten) letters. They will(...)