LONDON — Senator Edward Kennedy, the widely celebrated political figure who filled the role of Massachusetts senator for four decades, will be remembered forever in his family’s native Ireland.
The youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy, Ted was part of an exceptionally powerful American family. His death in August of brain cancer marked the end of a dazzling political career. President Barack Obama stated that Kennedy’s death signified the ”passing of an extraordinary leader.”
Entering 2010, plans for a state of the art memorial and visitors center in Ted’s honor are coming into fruition in Ireland. The late Kennedy, will be memorialized in his ancestral home of Dunganstown, near the town of New Ross in County Wexford, from where the family forefathers emigrated in the early 19th century.
The memorial is projected to cost 1.5 million euros ($2.2 million).
Ireland-based Kennedy family descendant, Patrick Grennan, hopes that this project will attract more American and international visitors to the town with a population of under 8,000.
The memorial and visitor center promises to be a most respectful method in which to honor and educate people on the life of Ted Kennedy.