A Letter from New Ross Town Council



At a special meeting of New Ross Town Council held today, the Chairman and Members of New Ross Town Council passed a vote of sympathy to the Kennedy and Shriver families on the death of Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics Movement.

Speaking at the specially convened meeting of the Town Council, Chairman Victor Furness spoke of how New Ross's most famous and best loved family have over many years proudly maintained and supported a very special relationship with their ancestral hometown of New Ross.

Councillor Furness recalled the wonderful occasions of the many Kennedy family visits to their hometown New Ross, including President Kennedy's historic visit in 1963, Eunice Kennedy Shriver's own visit to the town in 2003, and the family's most recent visit in 2008 when Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith unveiled a life statue of her illustrious brother, erected by the people of New Ross in memory of the town's best loved son.

"The members of the Kennedy family will always hold the place of houour in the hearts of the people of New Ross, and none more so than Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who first visited New Ross in the company of her brother President John Fitzgerald back in 1963, and who staunchly and proudly maintained contact with her ancestral home, coming back to visit New Ross some 40 years later, and capturing the hearts of not just the people of New Ross but the people of Ireland in the process" said the Chairman.

"Her lifelong contribution to people with intellectual disability is immeasurable and is one of the finest displays of compassion, humanity and courage that we have ever been privileged to see. The Special Olympics movement will long live as a testament to the tenacity and spirit of this most wonderful and incredible person, who has truly been an inspiration to us all" concluded Councillor Furness.