At the front of the SS Dunbrody complex, on the street, is a burning flame within a structure of a globe. This is the “Emigrant Flame”. When President John F. Kennedy visited Ireland in 1963, he visited his ancestral home outside New Ross. He brought a message of hope and inspiration to the Irish population. This flame was taken from the Eternal Flame at the graveside of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, USA and brought to the quay in New Ross where his great-grandfather stepped aboard the emigrant ship. A symbolic journey of that emigrant son to Ireland, this Emigrant Flame burns continually in honour of all those who left Ireland in those tragic circumstances.
Emigrant Flame, lit by a flame brought to New Ross from Presedent John F Kennedy’s grave in USA, Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland. © John Ironside