Friday 17 November 2017

Rose was 'real politician in family'

Kathryn Hayes

JOHN F Kennedy's mother Rose Fitzgerald was the "real politician" in one of the most influential families in the history of the United States, his daughter has revealed.

Speaking during a visit to Co Limerick, Caroline Kennedy said it was no surprise her grandmother went on to have a son who became president.

Ms Kennedy and her family were in Bruff, Co Limerick, yesterday where they visited the old site of the Fitzgerald family homestead. JFK's great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzgerald, left Bruff for Boston in 1852.

His son John Fitzgerald, known as 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald, went on to become mayor of Boston. His daughter Rose was JFK's mother and Caroline's grandmother.

"Grandma always told us that the Fitzgeralds were the better part of our family," Caroline said. "They were the ones with the brains. They were the ones with the musical talent and everybody in our family knew that Grandma was the best politician of them all.

"So it's no surprise that the child she named after her father John Fitzgerald was the one who grew up to be president."

Irish Independent

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