The John F. Kennedy Arboretum in Co. Wexford is one of the absolute gems of the South-East of Ireland and is a place that I have been visiting a few times a year since the early 1980s. It is dedicated to the memory of J.F. Kennedy, President of the United States, whose ancestors came from nearby Dunganstown.
The Arboretum is a nature-lover’s paradise with its luscious 623 acres and over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from temperate regions around the world.
It’s a place I associate with a whole range of happy occasions, especially our son’s birthday parties, in late May, when he was a youngster with a gang of friends who loved the wild freedom, travelling around on a horse drawn carriage, the well-equipped playground, miniature railway, quaint cafe and souvenir shop …..
I’ve paid a few visits to the Arboretum in recent weeks to take in the Autumn tints and have also been very impressed with the J.F. Kennedy Exhibition which was launched there earlier in the year.
Here’s a glimpse of a place that offers beauty throughout the year and carves a special place in the heart.