Documentary filmmaker David Harvey’s insightful look at the men who surrounded President John F. Kennedy, Kennedys’ Irish Mafia, will be available on DVD on July 12 from Network Ireland Television … MVD Entertainment Group will be directing the domestic sales and distribution effort.
Key advisers to Kennedy, Dave Francis Powers (personal aide to the president), Lawrence O’Brien (future Commissioner of the NBA) and Kenny O’Donnell (White House Appointments Secretary) were known for their intense loyalty and were nicknamed “The Irish Mafia.
Harvey delves into their special relationship with JFK.
Of note, all three had accompanied the president to Dallas in November of 1963 and were in the motorcade following Kennedy when he was assassinated.
According to Harvey’s documentary, when it was decided to bring Kennedy’s body back to D.C. on Air Force One, Powers, O’Brien and O’Donnell not only moved the body from Parkland, but they can be seen physically carrying the president’s coffin up the gangway (there was no hoist available) in vintage film footage from that fateful day.
Bonus features include over an hour’s worth of video sessions with with Patrick Kennedy, Sandy Vancour, Helen O’Donnell, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence O’Brien.