Sunday 19 November 2017

Immersed in the past but looking forward: young and hopeful Kennedys steal limelight

Caroline Kennedy pictured at celebrations in New Ross as part of the JFK 50th anniversary events
Caroline Kennedy pictured at celebrations in New Ross as part of the JFK 50th anniversary events
Jack Kennedy, with his siters, Tatiana, left, and Rose
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) hands Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin a giant pair of scissors before the opening of a new visitors centre at the Kennedy family homestead in Dunganstown, Co Wexford
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

JACK Schlossberg was a little nervous as he began his speech. And who could blame him, for this is a young man who has grown up with a heavy hand of history ever-present on his shoulder.

He was standing on the same spot where 50 years ago, his grandfather addressed a crowd who had flocked to New Ross to feast their eyes on a barely believable sight, an Irish-American US president, returned to reclaim his roots.

He had been introduced by his mother, Caroline, and began speaking of the entwined histories of Ireland and America.

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