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Leinster Leader, October 17th 1970

Spacemen Greeted

Kildare town gave American astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swiggert and Fred W. Haise a rousing welcome when their south-bound trains stopped briefly at Kildare railway station on Wednesday.
The train carrying the astronauts stopped at the station shortly before 11.30 a.m. and the Americans were greeted by members of the Chamber of Commerce and by hundreds of townspeople and children from all the local schools who lined the platform and waved American flags as the train pulled slowly into the station. In the two-minute stop, the astronauts stood at the open train-door and chatted and shook hands with the crowd, thanked them for their welcome and commented on the colour party (from the Vocational School) and the placards bearing the traditional Irish greeting, Cead Mile Failte


An article from the Leinster Leader of 17 October 1970 on the stopover of three American astronauts in Kildare Town

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