CELEBRATIONS rippled across the Atlantic from Massachusetts as far as New Ross and Ballyhogue last week as Joe Kennedy III overwhelmed his republican opponent to be elected to the US Congress.
Joe is the latest in a long line of Kennedy's to make it to Washington. The famous political dynasty had represented the American people in some form or another continuously from 1947, when a young John F Kennedy won a seat in Massachusetts, up until two years ago when Patrick Kennedy retired as a representative for Rhode Island. Joe is a grandson of Robert Kennedy and a grandnephew of former President John F Kennedy, and many people are speculating that Joe may be the man to return the Kennedy name to the White House.
In Ballyhogue, there were further celebrations as local man, Cathal Byrne, was a member of Kennedy's back room staff which ensured he managed to run out a comfortable winner by a 25-point margin. Cathal was involved in all aspects of the campaign from co-ordinating volunteers and training them, to organising canvasses and phone banks.
Cathal, who is currently in his third year as a student in Trinity College Dublin where he is studying law and business, was chosen from hundreds of applicants for a place on Kennedy's team. He, and the rest of the team, will be delighted that all the hard work paid off and the Kennedy's are back in Washington.