Tea Party at Kennedy Ancestral Farm

On the second day of his visit to Ireland, President Kennedy visited his ancestral farm in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford, where he took tea with his Irish relations. Along with his sisters Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Jean Kennedy Smith he chats and jokes with their hosts while drinking tea and eating salmon sandwiches on home-made bread.

The president cuts a slice of cake, which he ends up giving to Mary Ryan, his second cousin once-removed who now lives on the farm. He thanks her and her friends for doing all the cooking and offers a toast, "a cup of tea to all the Kennedys who went and all the Kennedys who stayed".

This tea party took place on 27 June 1963.

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