Kevin McAleer: I decided to write a novel to make sense of it all, but just to make it a bit harder for myself it would be narrated by the Mannlicher Carcano bullet that killed Kennedy, and the action would take place over a duration of 0.12 seconds, the time taken to travel the 90 yards from rifle to target. This surreal plan had the desired effect of making the novel impossible to write, and it remains gloriously unfinished, in the fine old Irish tradition of non-fiction

I didn’t realise I had a thing about JFK until about 10 years ago. I started to notice that he had wormed his way uninvited into every comedy show (...)

Karl Quinn as the commandant
Way to Heaven/Assassins

Way to Heaven/Assassins Project Arts Centre, Dublin **** Rough Magic’s Seeds showcase, the company’s development initiative for emerging t(...)

Jacqueline Kennedy cradles her husband, President John F Kennedy, seconds after he was fatally shot in 1963. Kevin Farrell was a 16-year-old attending a youth meeting at the Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Drimnagh in his native Dublin when he heard of the assassination. Photograph: AP

Kevin Farrell was a 16-year-old attending a youth meeting at the Our Lady of Good Counsel church in Drimnagh in his native Dublin when he heard US pre(...)

Lee Harvey Oswald. “The sad preponderance of other lone nuts with guns may  have helped sway opinions. Barely a week goes by without some maniac causing unimaginable tragedy for no good reason. The theory that great conspiracies must surround significant crimes no longer carries quite so much weight.” Photograph: Reuters

Why has so little been said about the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination? Yes, there have been 20 or 30 documentaries on the telly. Tr(...)

Lee Harvey Oswald is led through the Dallas police station in 1963 after the assassination of President Kennedy. Photograph:

Who is the most pivotal figure of the Sixties? JFK? His brother Bobby? Martin Luther King? Lennon and/or McCartney? I would suggest none of the above,(...)

Remembering our JFK
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  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

It is difficult fully to recapture the trauma in Ireland of John F Kennedy’s assassination, the shock and public grief over the loss of “one of our ow(...)

Road workers on Elm Street in Dealey Plaza, Dallas,  yesterday – where John F Kennedy was shot on November 22nd, 1963. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA

Fifty years on, many residents of Dallas want to forget, not remember, Kennedy’s death. Still trying to shed the “city of hate” label tagged on to Dal(...)

 President Kennedy slumps down in the back seat of the presidential limousine as it speeds along Elm Street toward the Stemmons Freeway overpass in Dallas after being fatally shot. First lady Jackie  Kennedy leans over the president as Secret Service agent Clint Hill pushes her back to her seat. Photgraph: James W. “Ike” Altgens/AP
Doubts that just won’t die
  • People
  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

It can take a few minutes to spot them: a pair of white Xs on the ground along Dealey Plaza, signifying where President John F Kennedy was shot. Stay (...)

Cars traveling on the road past The Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, Texas in Dealey Plaza on November 22nd, 1963. Photograph: Reuters
Dallas then: ‘nut country’
  • People
  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

“Dallas, the city that virtually invited the poor insignificant soul who blotted out the life of President Kennedy to do it in Dallas.” A Letter rece(...)

Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of President Kennedy, grimaces as he is shot to death at point-blank range by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on Novmeber 24th, 1963. Photograph:  Bob Jackson/AP Photo/Dallas Times-Herald
JFK’s assassin
  • People
  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

Lee Harvey Oswald’s unstable upbringing encompassed 22 home addresses and 12 schools by the age of 17. Born in New Orleans on October 18th, 1939, two (...)

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