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Wednesday 23 October 2019

JFK chairman grows Savannah links on US trip

JFK Chairman William Keilthy
JFK Chairman William Keilthy

Chairman of the JFK Trust William Keilthy visited Savannah, Georgia, USA, with a Wexford delegation in mid-March to further progress the already significant relationship between New Ross and Georgia Southern University and Georgia Historical Society.

At the Georgia Historical Society's iconic building in Savannah, Mr Keilthy presented Ms Pattye Mahar, Director of Communications at the society, with a special photograph of the Dunbrody, the ship that sailed to Savannah Georgia at least five times in the 1850s, as uncovered in recently unearthed newspaper clipping.

Mr. Keilthy said as co-signatories of the Wexford Savannah Research Platform formed in 2014, the JFK Trust is delighted to partner with such prestigious institutes as Georgia Southern University, Georgia Historical Society and Waterford Institute of Technology in bringing to public notice the very important papers of William Graves & Company, both in Savannah and New Ross. This research will form a major part of our future development strategy and be a key feature in future exhibitions.

Mr Keilthy said: 'We believe that the academic research being conducted by the Wexford-Savannah Axis project on the Graves papers on both sides of the Atlantic will provide unparalleled insights into the cultural, economic and political backdrop to life in the eighteen hundreds in both Ireland and the US. In the 1850's over half of those who migrated to Savannah came from County Wexford and today names such as Kehoe, Rossiter, Corish and Stafford are commonplace in the city of Savannah to this very day.'

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