In June 1963, President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, global inspirational leader returned his ancestral home in New Ross, Wexford and ignited the spirit of a nation.
50 years on New Ross celebrates and remembers this momentous occasion in Ireland’s history.
On June 22 at the JFK 50 a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the JFK visit to his ancestral home is on offer.
Join in The Homecoming in New Ross for a a day of remembering and celebrating the life and memory of President John F. Kennedy.
A Homecoming Parade will take to the streets of New Ross, a stage filled with family entertainment is on offer, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D will officially open the New Ross Quayside development and unveil the Emigrant Trail.
The starting point of the Emigrant Trail will be the lighting of the Emigrants Flame concluding ‘The journey’ of The Gathering Torch to New Ross.
An Taoiseach will also officially open the Kennedy Homestead & Visitor Centre at Dunganstown
An Taoiseach will visit and rename the JFK Arboretum, where a Tree planting ceremony in remembrance of the JFK visit to Ireland in 1963 will take place.
Celebrating Wexfords' unique links with the U.S. a number of other events will also take place inclufing
Irish America Day on July 4th - A celebration of the American National Day of Independence.
Kennedy Leadership Programme and Kennedy Leadership Medal (July) - A programme of civil and political science for young people featuring the award of the Kennedy Leadership Medal.
Kennedy Summer School (Sept 12th - Sept 15th) - A Festival of Irish and American Culture, History and Politics.