Leaving for Europe

Fifty-five years ago this month, in May 1964, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and his wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley, visited Europe. They accompanied other American politicians on parts of this visit, including Wisconsin Governor John Reynolds and Minnesota Governor Karl H. Rolvaag. They left for Copenhagen, Denmark on the inaugural Scandinavian Airlines direct flight from Chicago, arriving May 1.

Inaugural SAS flight to Copenhagen and Ireland, Eleanor and Richard J. Daley and others, 1964

Inaugural SAS flight to Copenhagen and Ireland, Eleanor and Richard J. Daley and others, 1964. Metro News Photo, RJD_04_01_0023_0005_001

Itineraries

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 1., 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 1., 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_003

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 2, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 2, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_004

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 3, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 3, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_005

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 4, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 4, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_006

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 5, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 5, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_007

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 6, 1964

Itinerary for Europe trip, page 6, 1964. RJD_01_01_0049_0002_006

The grand tour (selected images)

Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley with Pope Paul VI, 1964

Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley with Pope Paul VI, 1964. Pontificia Fotografia Felici, photographer. RJD_04_01_0049_0001_007

Eleanor "Sis" Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley visit the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, 1964

Eleanor “Sis” Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley visit the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_016

Eleanor Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley meet the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Clement Harman at Mansion House, 1964

Eleanor Daley and Mayor Richard J. Daley meet the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Clement Harman at Mansion House, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0005_020

 

Last stop: “Ireland, of course”

Chicago’s director of special events, Colonel “Jack” Reilly, accompanied Mayor and Mrs. Daley on the trip to Europe. When a reporter for the Chicago Tribune asked where the the Mayor’s last stop would be, Reilly answered, “Heaven.” He clarified: “Ireland, of course.”

Colonel Jack Reilly (left foreground) and others at a candlelight event during a trip to Ireland, 1964

Colonel Jack Reilly (left foreground) and others at a candlelight event during a trip to Ireland, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_003

Irish dignitaries

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley with Mayor of Dungarvan, Ireland, Andy Minihan, 1964

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley with Mayor of Dungarvan, Ireland, Andy Minihan, 1964. Colm O’Byrne, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_008

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley outside with Irish President Eamon de Valera at his home, 1964

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor “Sis” Daley outside with Irish President Eamon de Valera at his home, 1964. RJD_04_01_0023_0011_004

Relatives of late United States President John F. Kennedy

Trip to Ireland, Richard J. and Eleanor Daley with relatives of John F. Kennedy and others, 1964

Trip to Ireland, Richard J. and Eleanor Daley with relatives of John F. Kennedy and others, 1964. Colm O’Byrne, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0012_014

County Waterford

Mayor Daley’s paternal and maternal ancestors had hailed from County Waterford. In the section of Waterford called Old Parish, Mayor and Mrs. Daley received a warm welcome.

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks at an Old Parish event to commemorate him during his visit to Ireland. Eleanor "Sis" Daley is among those seated on the dais, 1964

Mayor Richard J. Daley speaks at an Old Parish event to commemorate him during his visit to Ireland. Eleanor “Sis” Daley is among those seated on the dais, 1964. RJD_04_01_0042_0001_034

Local officials unveiled this plaque:

This plantation containing ten acres was financed by the contributions of some friends and associates of Richard J. Daley Mayor of Chicago, to whose honour it is dedicated. A.D. 1959

Unveiling of the Daley family homestead monument at Monameean during Daley's trip to Ireland, 1964

Unveiling of the Daley family homestead monument at Monameean during Daley’s trip to Ireland, 1964. R. Wiley, photographer. RJD_04_01_0023_0013_018

More photographs

See more images from Mayor Richard J. Daley’s 1964 trip to Europe

These photographs come from the Richard J. Daley Collection, housed in the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. Most of the photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Richard J. Daley Era Photograph Collection. For questions about the photographs or about making an appointment to visit UIC Special Collections, feel free to Ask a Librarian.

Sources consulted

“Newspaper Clippings–Trip to Ireland, 1964,” box SVB17, folder 4. Richard J. Daley Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

Doyle, James. “5,000 Cheer Daleys in Ancestral Home,” Chicago Tribune, May 19, 1964, p. 9.

Morgan, Gwen. “Daley Pleads for Home Rule from London!” Chicago Tribune, May 16, 1964, p. 2.

Richard J. Daley collection, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.