John F. Kennedy: The West Cork Connection


Fachtna McCarthy

The Parish Centre, Clonakilty

Thursday Nov 23 2017

at 8 pm

This lecture will give a full overview of the different strands of John F. Kennedy’s ancestry, including the Wexford, Bruff and West Cork branches. It will deal with the previous and little publicised visits that he made to Ireland in 1945 and 1947 and will make reference to his sister, Kathleen, who lived for a time in Lismore Castle, outlining her short and extraordinary life. The aftermath of JFK's death in 1963 will also be dealt with including the deeply suspicious circumstances surrounding the shooting dead of the main suspect. Also, the fascinating story of the sale of the copyright to the video of JFK’s assassination and the disappearance of the second film in controversial circumstances. The lecture will also include an account of the lives of some of JFK's most famous ancestors, including "Honey" Fitzgerald and Joe Kennedy.

Keenlocal historian, historical researcher and active Dúchas member, Fachtna McCarthy is a native of Woodfield, Clonakilty, where one of JFK’s ancestors, Mary Sheehy, was born. He has been researching the life and ancestry of JFK for a number of years. He has also extensively researched the lives of other prominent figures with Clonakilty connections such as C. O. Stanley (Pye Radio) and Boss Croker (of New York’s Tammany Hall fame).

Please note this lecture is in at the earlier time of 8pm.