The Kennedy Homestead
New Ross, County Wexford
The Kennedy Homestead, the birthplace of President John F Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of this famous Irish dynasty.
Located just 30-minutes from the Riverside Park Hotel, this centre allows visitors to trace the Irish roots of one of the most famous Irish-American families in history, from those who left Dunganstown on an immigrant ship, to the slums of Boston, to the Camelot days at the White House.
The centre features an interpretative exhibit which following the history of the family, from Patrick Kennedy leaving as a famine emigrant, to his great grandchildren’s return in later years.
The Kennedy family legacy is an integral part of the history of County Wexford and should not be missed, either as part of the ‘Emigrant Trail’ or as a stand-alone site.
President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 was a pivotal moment in Irish history and one that ignited the spirit of the nation. A key point of the President’s trip was when he visited the Family Homestead at Dunganstown to have tea with his Irish cousins.
The President’s 1963 visit is commemorated as a key feature in the Kennedy Homestead and visitors can relive the sounds and scenes of that iconic day.
Kennedy himself referred to his Irish visit as “the best four days of my life”.
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