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Tuesday 24 October 2017

JFK's daughter to meet President Higgins

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

CAROLINE Kennedy will meet President Michael D Higgins today as part of a special celebration marking the visit of her father to Ireland 50 years ago.

The only surviving child of the iconic US President will visit Aras an Uachtarain together with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, their children Rose, Tatiana and Jack, as well as many other Kennedy family members.

Afterwards, she will open a new JFK Homecoming exhibition at the National Library of Ireland , accompanied by Minister for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan, before returning to the Phoenix Park for a private reception in the US embassy.

The exhibition tells the story through iconic photographs, original colour footage and documents in President Kennedy's handwriting and brings to life his four day visit to Ireland in June 1963.

Guests will be welcomed by a rendition of The Boys of Wexford by Frankie Gavin of De Danann, whose family played for the US President in 1963.

Ms Kennedy will also unveil a special scholarship scheme for poetry.

The John F Kennedy National Library of Ireland Poetry scholarship will be awarded to young students each year,  paying tribute to JFK's love of the arts.

The director of the National Library of Ireland Fiona Ross has said the NLI is delighted to have partnered with the US embassy in Ireland, the National Archives and the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on the exhibition.

And she said the poetry scholarships would allow interns to work on the rich collections of poetry at the National Library, while also engaging with POETRY ALOUD - the all-Ireland verse-speaking competition for schools organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland every year

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