The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants. The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland. The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848 and pieces together the story of the most famous Irish–American family through the 20th century to the present day.
If I were to ask most people if they knew anything about Dunganstown, just outside New Ross, County Waterford they would more than likely look at me with a blank face. If my next question were to be, do you know who John Fitzgerald Kennedy is? almost almost every person I asked would all say ‘yes’ without a shadow of a doubt! But if it were not for that small farm just outside New Ross, Co Waterford, one of the most famous presidents in our worlds history would never of been born. The Kennedy Homestead was the home to JFK’s great grandfather Patrick Kennedy, and is still being farmed by his descendants today. I absolutely loved my time at the farm and has to be dare I say it, one of the brightest moments of my whole time in Ireland. I also think it’s just as important to visit the homesteads sister attraction the famine ship, which just continues the story of how you can go from being a famine farmer to a famous president.