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.
The Kennedy family legacy is an integral part of daily life in Co. Wexford. Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio-visual display, souvenir shop, picnic area, wheelchair access and extensive car and coach parking facilities.
|Family (2 adults plus 3 Children):
From 9.30 am to 5.30pm. Last admission 5.00pm.
The Kennedy Homestead will be closed from Thursday 22nd December 2016 and reopen on Thursday 29th December 2016.
President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 was a pivotal moment in Irish history and one that ignited the spirit of the nation. For Irish people, Kennedy was a hero, an idol; he embodied the ultimate Irish success story – Famine emigrant to the most powerful man in the world, all in just three generations. John F Kennedy changed the face of emigration in Ireland, he changed how Irish people perceived themselves and his homecoming gave each and everyone a renewed sense hope for the future.
Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy, Sr. (September 6, 1888 in Boston – November 18, 1969 in Hyannis), politician, diplomat.
Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (July 22, 1890 in Boston – January 22, 1995), philanthropist.
Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy, Jr. (July 25, 1915 in Brookline – August 12, 1944)
John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, Sr. (May 29, 1917 in Brookline – November 22, 1963 in Dallas), President of the United States.
Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier (July 28, 1929 in Southampton – May 19, 1994 in New York City), journalist, editor.
Rose Marie “Rosemary” Kennedy (September 13, 1918 – January 7, 2005)
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was born on February 20, 1920 in Brookline, Massachusetts
Eunice Mary Kennedy (July 10, 1921 in Brookline – August 11, 2009 in Hyannis), founder of Special Olympics
Patricia Helen “Pat” Kennedy (May 6, 1924 in Brookline – September 17, 2006 in New York City)
Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy, Sr. (November 20, 1925 in Brookline – June 6, 1968 in Los Angeles), lawyer, senator
Jean Ann Kennedy (born February 20, 1928 in Brookline), United States Ambassador to Ireland
Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, Sr. (February 22, 1932 in Boston – August 25, 2009 in Hyannis Port), journalist, politician
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (November 27, 1957 in New York City), author, editor, attorney
John Fitzgerald “John-John” Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1960 in Washington, D.C. – July 16, 1999 in Martha’s Vineyard), attorney