When President Kennedy spoke in the Irish Parliament in June 1963 he made reference to Lord Edward FitzGerald who was one of the Kildare FitzGeralds. But the FitzGerald element in the President’s own name bears better examination in the context of the Limerick FitzGeralds.
The visit of Caroline Kennedy, the President’s daughter, to Bruff, County Limerick, on June 21, 2013, recognises this fact. Limerick is also the home of the earls of Desmond, who were FitzGeralds.
In 1793 James FitzGerald married Honora MacCarthy. Their son Michael married Eileen Wilmot. Their son Thomas FitzGerald emigrated to the USA in 1852 and married Rosanna Cox. Their son was Honey Fitz. (the Mayor of Boston) who married Mary Hannan (they were second cousins), the parents of Rose Kennedy, the President’s mother.
In 1908 Honey Fitz and his daughter Rose visited Bruff. In 1938 honey Fitz returned to Bruff with his wife. In 1994 Jean Kennedy Smith and her sister Patricia Lawford visited Bruff.