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Friday 24 February 2017

Mark's handshake for his famous uncle

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

ONE of the president's men made an emotional trip to honour his mother and his uncle ahead of today's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.

Mark Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver -- the Special Olympics founder who died last year -- visited his family homestead in New Ross, Co Wexford, yesterday.

The town council held a civic reception to welcome Mr Shriver to New Ross, where the statue of his uncle, JFK, stands on the quay. And Mr Shriver followed in the footsteps of his aunts and uncles Jean, Ted and Robert Kennedy by planting a tree in the JFK arboretum -- the national park in his family's name.

He met Special Olympic athletes in the park before travelling to the Kennedy homestead in Dunganstown.

Owner of the homestead, a descendant of the Kennedy clan, Patrick Grennan said: "He saw his own signature from when he was here with his mother when he was 14. He was quite emotional and delighted to be here".

It was Mark's third visit -- his first came before his birth when his pregnant mother travelled to Wexford in 1963.

Irish Independent

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