Part of the crowd at last night’s event in Longford. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Several hundred people turned up last night at the launch of a new initiative to promote employment growth in one of the areas worst hit by emigration(...)

A young John Murphy now of Carrig On Bannow pictured meeting US President John F Kennedy in New Ross in June 1963. See next slide of John today. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Wexford publican John Murphy (56) “couldn’t believe it” when he looked at his computer screen and saw his seven-year-old self peering up at US preside(...)