Repro Free 3/7/2012. News. Getting in to the spirit of the U.S. National Holiday on July 4 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. was on hand today (July 3) to launch the JFK50 a year of planned events to celebrate the historic visit of President John F Kennedy to his hometown of New Ross, County Wexford fifty years ago in 1963. An Taoiseach is pictured with Evelyn McCormack and Peig Waters and standing behind are Killian Whelan, Finn Waters, Ned Waters, Kate Whelan and Ian Moran. Photo Patrick Browne The year’s events are outlined on JFK50Ireland.com – Photograph – Patrick Browne
An Taoiseach Launches Fiftieth Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Visit to Ireland
Year of Commemorative Events Announced
Plans for a year of events to celebrate the historic visit of President John F Kennedy to his hometown of New Ross,County Wexford were unveiled today (Tuesday, 3rd July 2012) at Government buildings by An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D.
John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America, received a rapturous welcome on an emotional visit to his ancestral homeland. Thousands of well wishers cheered and waved flags on his arrival at New Ross town from where Patrick Kennedy, his great-grandfather, had set sail for a better life in America back in 1848 during the potato famine. A choir of 300 boys greeted him singing "The Boys of Wexford", a ballad about the 1798 rebellion. The president left his bodyguards to join them in the second chorus. Once the singing was over, Mr. Kennedy shook hands with as many schoolchildren as he could reach.
In his speech at the quayside in New Ross he said: "When my great-grandfather left here to become a cooper in East Boston he carriednothing with him except two things - a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty. I am glad to say that all of his grandchildren have valued that inheritance."
From New Ross the President travelled the four mile journey south to his ancestral homestead in Dungansto