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Wexford Remembers

JFKThis year in Ireland we have what we call The Gathering when we welcome back those who have left Ireland for various reasons down through the years. One of those who emigrated in 1848 was Patrick Kennedy from Co. Wexford who was the great-grand-father of President John F. Kennedy. In June 50 years ago (1963) for three days President Kennedy himself visited Ireland and the old homestead near New Ross which is still farmed by Patrick's descendants.

The achievements of the Kennedy family are still celebrated in three Wexford sites - the Kennedy Homestead at Dunganstown, the Emigrant Ship 'Dunbrody' at New Ross, and the JFK Arboretum.

JFK lays a wreath at the statue of another Wexfordman, John Barry, founder of the American Navy.