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Caroline Kennedy lights memorial flame in Ireland

Caroline Kennedy lit a memorial flame in Ireland 50 years after her father, John F. Kennedy, made his iconic trip there. 'No visit . . . meant more to him that his visit to Ireland,' said Caroline Kennedy.

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John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy makes a speech at the former home of the Kennedy family in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland, on Saturday June 22. Members of the Kennedy family gathered in Ireland to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland.

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Caroline Kennedy and other relatives of President John F. Kennedy lit a flame in Ireland on Saturday to mark the anniversary of his 1963 visit to the country, a landmark in its post-independence history.

Irish premier Enda Kenny joined thousands in the county Wexford town to mark the anniversary with the president's sister Jean Kennedy Smith and daughter Caroline Kennedy.

President Kennedy's visit, just five months before his assassination, was the first by a serving U.S. president and cemented the strong links between the nations forged by waves of emigration.

 
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