A carefully constructed model of a Dingle currach sits proudly on Rose Kennedy’s piano in the family’s Massachusetts home in Hyannisport where Ted Kennedy passed away early yesterday morning.
Ted liked to use it to “assure future generations of Kennedy’s used it as a symbol to remind his family that the Irish truly did discover America, after all.”
This is what he wrote in a thank you letter to the Donegal man, Matt Britton who gave him the replica as a gift during a 10-day holiday on the Dingle peninsula in August 1989.
The late U.S. Senator, who had close family connections with Wexford loved Cork and Kerry where he holidayed many times with family through the years.
Britton, who worked in the hotel business at the time and was a personal friend of the then Taoiseach, Charlie Haughey, befriended Kennedy after arranging a meeting between Haughey, Kennedy and another U.S. senator, Chris Dodd, on Haughey’s holiday island, Inishvickillane.
Kennedy was one of the Unsung heroes of the peace process in times when it might not have been seen as politically correct.
He had long meetings and conversations with Haughey and later with Albert Reynolds in an effort to bring about peace in Northern Ireland.
"His contribution to the peace that we now enjoy will be his legacy to this country" said Britton.
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