Caroline Kennedy to trace family ties in Limerick

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Caroline Kennedy to trace family ties in Limerick
EXCITEMENT is building among the people of County Limerick this week ahead of a visit by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late US president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

EXCITEMENT is building among the people of County Limerick this week ahead of a visit by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late US president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Fifty years after President Kennedy famously visited Limerick, his daughter Caroline will this Friday return to the Mid-West to trace her father’s links and visit her ancestral family home in Bruff.

Ms Kennedy, will be joined by her husband Edwin Schlossberg, their three children and other members of the extended Kennedy family including her cousin Ms Sydney Lawford.

The trip will involve Ms Kennedy tracing the Fitzgerald side of her father’s family who originated in Bruff.

She will view the church records of the Fitzgerald Family and the site of the old Fitzgerald homestead on the Limerick/Palatine Road and attend a function at the old Bruff Courthouse to dedicate the building to her ancestor Thomas Fitzgerald.

President Kennedy’s great-grandfather Thomas Fitzgerald left Bruff in 1852 for Boston taking with him the family bible which was later used by JFK when taking his oath of office in 1961.

For more on this story, see the weekend editions of the Limerick Leader.