Famous People

John F Kennedy

John F KennedyJohn Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts’ 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election. He was the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43, the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), and the first person born in the 20th century to serve as president. Kennedy is the only Catholic president, and is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Events during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and early stages of the Vietnam War. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Although Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later, before a trial could take place. The FBI and the Warren Commission officially concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. However, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that those investigations were flawed and that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy. Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of U.S. presidents

The Kennedy Family

Kennedy FamilyIn the United States, the phrase Kennedy family commonly refers to the family descending from the marriage of the Irish-Americans Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald that was prominent in American politics and government. Their political involvement has revolved around the Democratic Party. Harvard University educations have been common among them, and they have contributed heavily to that university’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The wealth, glamour and photogenic quality of the family members, as well as their extensive and continuing involvement in public service, has elevated them to iconic status over the past half-century.Soon after the 1960 election of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he and his younger brothers, Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, all held prominent positions in the federal government. They received intense publicity, often emphasizing their relative youth, allure, education, and future in politics. From 1947, when John F. Kennedy was first elected to Congress, to 2011, when Patrick J. Kennedy departed Congress, there were 64 years with a Kennedy in elective office in Washington. This spans more than a quarter of the nation’s existence.The family has suffered numerous tragedies, contributing to the idea of “the Kennedy curse”. Rosemary Kennedy suffered a failed lobotomy, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated, Ted Kennedy was involved in the Chappaquiddick incident, and four family members were in airplane crashes: Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Kathleen Cavendish, Ted Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, Jr.. All of these plane crashes were fatal except for Ted Kennedy’s.

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jackie KennedyJacqueline “Jackie” Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onass July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance, and grace. A fashion icon, her famous pink Chanel suit has become a symbol of her husband’s assassination and one of the lasting images of the 1960s. A book containing the transcripts of interviews with Kennedy from 1964 was released in September 2011.

Hugh Kennedy
Hugh Kennedy
Hugh Kennedy (1879-1936), a brilliant lawyer, was the first Attorney-General of the Irish Free State, and later the first Chief Justice of the Irish Free State. As a member of the Irish Free State Constitution Commission, he was also one of the constitutional architects of the Irish Free State. During 1920 and 1921 Hugh Kennedy was a senior legal adviser to the representatives of Dáil Éireann during the negotiations for the Anglo-Irish Treaty.On 7 December 1922 he was appointed by the Governor General as the first Attorney General of the Irish Free State.

He was elected to Dáil Éireann on 27 October 1923 as a Cumann na nGaedheal TD at the by-election for the Dublin South constituency.[2] He was the first person to be elected in a by-election to Dáil Éireann.

Patrick Kennedy

Author KennedyAuthor Patrick Kennedy (1801-1873) was born in Wexford but moved to Dublin in 1823, where he later owned a bookshop at Angelsea Place. He is associated with the Celtic literary renaissance and is credited with reviving and continuing much of the Irish folklore. In one of his famous books ‘Legendary Fictions of Irish Celts’, Kennedy re-tells stories and legends that he had heard in childhood, ranging from ghost stories and local legends, to heroic adventures.Patrick Kennedy was one of the pioneers in uncovering Irish folkloric material, with a lasting impact on William Butler Yeats and the Celtic Revival movement. He is widely credited with preserving irish idioms in the turn of phrase, sentence structure, Irish words.

Dara Ó Cinnéide (Kennedy)

Dara Kerry GFootballBorn 25 April 1975 in Dingle, County Kerry is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club An Ghaeltacht and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1995 until 2005. Ó Cinnéide captained Kerry to the All-Ireland title in 2004. A native Irish-speaker, he was educated at the local national school and later attended Dingle CBS. Ó Cinnéide currently works as a radio broadcaster with the Irish Language station RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, where he produces the daily afternoon show An Saol Ó Dheas, and he also presents the main weekly GAA show Seó Spóirt on the Irish-language channel TG4. He also writes a Gaelic football column for the Irish Examiner and is a regular panellist on RTÉ’s premier Gaelic games programme, The Sunday Game.

Brian Kennedy

Brian KennedyBrian Edward Patrick Kennedy (born 12 October 1966, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter and author, known for his ballads, and has represented Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He is the younger brother of musician Bap Kennedy. Kennedy was born and grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast. He has described in public the violence of The Troubles, during his childhood and teen years. He once described seeing a young man being chased and then shot dead by a British soldier a few feet away from him. He also would harmonise with police, ambulance and fire engine sirens. Kennedy came to prominence with the masses as one of Van Morrison’s backing singers, appearing on a string of recordings including A Night in San Francisco, Days Like This, The Healing Game & Back on Top and live in concert, frequently alongside Georgie Fame. He was chosen as the Irish competitor for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, where he sang the self-penned “Every Song is a Cry for Love”. Kennedy’s performance in the contest’s semi-finals marked the 1000th song to feature in the history of the Eurovision competition. Following qualification, Kennedy finished tenth in the finals on 20 May, with 93 points.

Mark Kennedy

Mark KennedyMark John Kennedy (born 15 May 1976 in Clonsilla, Dublin) is an Irish former professional footballer who is part of the coaching staff at Football League Championship side Ipswich Town. As a player he was a left back and left winger from 1992 to 2012. He notably featured in the Premier League with Liverpool, Wimbledon, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as in the Football League for Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town. He has been capped 34 times by Ireland, scoring 4 goals.