The Kennedy Homestead

The Kennedy Homestead

Telling the ultimate success story of the Irish in America. 

Opened in 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy’s visit to his ancestral home, the visitor centre recounts how Patrick Kennedy left Dugganstown for Boston in 1849.  How his great-grandchildren, John became President, Bobby, the Attorney General, Edward, a notable Senator, Jean, US Ambassador to Ireland, and Eunice founded the Special Olympics.  Curator Patrick Grennan is a cousin of the Kennedys of Massachusetts and farms the land that Patrick left in 1849. Follow the rise from Famine Emigrant to President!

The Kennedy Homestead is a unique cultural museum dedicated to the memory of the "Kennedy's who went away and those who stayed behind" and plays a vital role in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.

Experience a state of the art visitor centre housing an interpretive exhibition that allows visitors to follow the fortunes of the most famous Irish emigrant family and follow the fascinating journey from famine emigrant to President of the United States.

Relive the iconic moment when John F. Kennedy revisited the site of his great grandfather's birthplace in 1963.

Facilities at The Homestead include a Gift Shop, Tea & Coffee & Sweet Snacks available.

Extensive Car & Coach parking onsite.

Fully Wheelchair accessible.

Admission: Adults €7.50 | OAP €6.50 | Students / Child €6.00 | Family €22.00 | Group Rates Apply


The Kennedy Homestead is just a 35 minute drive from Waterford City and about 50 minutes from Kilkenny City.

Three Sisters 2020

Opening Times: 
Open all year round | 7 days a week, 9.30am to 5.30pm | Last admission 5.00pm