The Kennedy Clan may be spread far and wide around the globe but our forefathers in Ancient Ireland first created homelands where Kennedys were dominant and held seats of great power. Our clan may now extend across continents but our origins lie deep within the heart of Ireland.Modern day Co Clare and Co Tipperary are well known as being populated with large numbers of the Kennedy Clan. The rugged coastlines and majestic Burren lime stone ranges of Co Clare and the wonderment of Co Tipperary will forever be associated with the Kennedy name so if you are looking to step back to our ancestors soil then these two counties of Ireland should be high on your list of regions to visit.
Tipperary is the sixth largest of the 32 counties by area and the 11th largest by population. It is the third largest of Munster’s 6 counties by size and the third largest by population. The region is part of the central plain of Ireland, but the diversified terrain contains several mountain ranges: the Knockmealdown, the Galtee, the Arra Hills and the Silvermine. The southern portion of the county is drained by the River Suir; the northern by tributaries of the Shannon which widens into Lough Derg. No part of the county touches the coast. The centre is known as ‘the Golden Vale’, a rich pastoral stretch of land in the Suir basin which extends into counties Limerick and Cork.
Unspoiled natural beauty and a spectacular coastline are not the only assets of County Clare… The hospitality of its people, the traditions of Irish Music and Dance, colourful small shops and cozy pubs, traditional cottages and houses are just a few of the attributes of this area.
County Clare (Contae an Chlair in Irish), commonly referred to as simply Clare, sits in the southern half of Irelands West Coast. Clare is often called the Banner County, due to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions. Clare boasts some of Irelands most stunning scenery, especially around the Shannon Estuary, where the River Shannon enters the Atlantic Ocean. Clare is also renowned for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher tourist attractions.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BURREN
The rolling hills of Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss-crossing cracks known as “grikes”, leaving isolated rocks called “clints”. The region supports arctic, Mediterranean and alpine plants side-by-side, due to the unusual environment. The limestones, which date from the Visean stage of the Lower Carboniferous, formed as sediments in a tropical sea approximately 350 million years ago. The strata contain fossil corals, crinoids, sea urchins and ammonites. Glaciation during the Quaternary period facilitated greater denudation. The result is that the Burren is one of the finest examples of a glacio-karst landscape in the world.
Both Counties are easily accessible from anywhere in Ireland. Main trunk roads pass through the countys from Dublin to the south and west of Ireland. The main railway stations are Limerick Junction near the town of Tipperary and Thurles. Bus Eireann operates a regular service across the countys. The nearest domestic and European airports are Waterford and Cork, Shannon Airport is the closest international airport. Rosslare in County Wexford serves as the nearest seaport to County Tipperary and Clare.
JOHN F KENNEDY STATUE
President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in 1963 was a pivotal moment in Irish history and is commemorated by a statue on the quayside, which was unveiled in 2008 by New Ross Town Council. New Ross is the ancestral home of President John F Kennedy. It was on the quay of New Ross that his Great Grandfather boarded a Famine Ship bound for America President Kennedy embodied the ultimate success story of the Irish emigrant family, from famine emigrant to the most powerful man in the world in three generations. More than that, his visit and the inspiring speeches he delivered were to change forever how the Irish perceived themselves, particularly in relation to the emigrant experience and the Diaspora.