So the big celebration happened: the 50th anniversary of JFK's 1963 visit to Ireland. They gave it a day-long street party in New Ross, County Wexford. Several members of te Kennedy clan were there. And the Irish prime minister. Not to forget Michael Flatley, the Lord of Dance, and folk singer Judy Collins. You can read all about it here. The photo above, shot a few weeks ago, is the closest I ever came to meeting JFK. As it happens, one of his great-grandfathers came from New Ross: Patrick Kennedy. And so did one of mine, his near contemporary: Michael Byrne (to get the spelling straight). So that's why I was poking around.