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Upbeat Enda borrows a few words from JFK to flatter next generation of Kennedys

Published 18/02/2012 | 05:00

It was a poignant sight. Joe Kennedy was standing behind Enda, silently watching grainy footage of his grand-uncle then US President John F Kennedy taking his leave of the Irish almost 50 years ago, and promising with a flash of that dazzling wide smile, "I'll certainly come back in the springtime".

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Five months later, he was dead.

But although Camelot died that fateful day in Dallas, the Kennedy name remained an omnipresent and powerful force in American politics, until a year ago when the retirement of Patrick Kennedy seemed to herald an end to the famous political dynasty. But then on Thursday, 31-year old Joe Kennedy III, son of former politician Joe Kennedy and grandson of former US attorney general Robert Kennedy, announced that he was running for Congress in Massachusetts following the retirement of Democrat Barney Frank.

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