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Thursday 19 April 2018

JFK's 'eternal flame' goes out

Thee "Emigrant Flame" in New Ross, Wexford

THE Eternal Flame taken from President John F Kennedy's US graveside and brought to his ancestral home in New Ross went out on Wednesday night.

Wexford Council blamed "technical glitches" for the flame going out, just days after it was lit in a ceremony involving members of the Kennedy family, including Jean Kennedy Smith (inset, with flame).

It was re-lit within minutes, from a back-up flame from Arlington Cemetery, which is kept safe at an undisclosed location.

The flame will be extinguished during cleaning of the burner and relit from the backup on a monthly basis.

Meanwhile, a collector set of coins has gone on sale to mark the 50th anniversary of his visit.

The €10 and €20 coin costs €130 for the double box set and can be bought by phoning 1890 307 607.

Irish Independent

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