Ireland in Modern Times

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Ireland went through some difficult times after the end of World War II. From the 1950s, many Irish people emigrated to other countries because there was very little work in Ireland. However, the economy improved in Ireland in the late 1960s.



In 1961, Ireland's National Television Station, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), went on air for the very first time on New Year’s Eve. Before the television service began, people listened to the radio or read the paper to find out about current news. RTÉ had only one channel at the time.

In June 1963, the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, visited the Republic of Ireland. His ancestors came from County Wexford. Huge crowds turned out to welcome him around the country. A few months later, in November 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.

In 1967, free secondary school education was introduced in the Republic of Ireland.