The Kennedy's Irish Legacy

 

Thinking ahead for your future trip to Waterford? This week we're highlighting the wonderful John F. Kennedy Arboretum located in New Ross in our neighboring County Wexford! It's the perfect day trip and not too far of a drive from Waterford.

The John F. Kennedy Arboretum is located just over a half hour drive from Waterford City. It is dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy whose great-grandfather, Patrick, was born in the nearby village of Dunganstown. The park itself covers a massive 623 acres and is home to a variety of over 4,500 trees and shrubs. The forest area of the park has 5 sections - each populated by trees from each continent of the world. A family friendly experience, the park has a playground and tree-houses to entertain the kids as well as an idyllic lake for a relaxing stroll. In the parks visitor centre, you can find exhibitions on JFK and on the Arboretum itself.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited Ireland. While on tour he was presented with a beautiful Waterford Crystal Oval Bowl. The design was based on the Oval Office in The White House that he occupied as President of the United States of America. Pieces like this 'Kennedy Oval Bowl' are crafted by a Master Cutter, the intricate detailing and deep cutting make these precious Waterford Crystal masterpieces something to be treasured always.