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Kennedys, Irish mark 50th anniversary of JFK visit

‘Eternal flame’ from his grave passed to town

DUBLIN — The Irish government and the Kennedy clan celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of Ireland’s most fondly recalled moments, the visit of President Kennedy, with a daylong street party Saturday that was capped by the lighting of Ireland’s own ‘‘eternal flame.’’

‘‘JFK 50: The Homecoming’’ celebrations focused on the County Wexford town of New Ross, from where Patrick Kennedy departed in 1848 at the height of Ireland’s potato famine to resettle in Boston. In June 1963, his great-grandson John returned to the town as the United States’ first and only Irish Catholic president.

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