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Pics: JFK assassination remembered in Dublin and Wexford

In Dublin, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore laid a wreath at the US Embassy in Ballsbridge where the American flag was lowered to half mast.

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the assassination of John F Kennedy has been remembered at ceremonies in Dublin and Wexford today.

The US president was shot dead in Dallas, Texas on this day in 1963, just months after he paid a memorable and historic three-day visit to Ireland.

At his ancestral home in Wexford, a ceremony was held at the memorial park and arboretum named after him, with government ministers Paul Kehoe and Brendan Howlin in attendance.

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    Eamon Gilmore and Charge d'affaires Stuart Dwyer pictured at a wreath laying ceremony at the US Embassy in Dublin. Source: Laura Hutton
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    Members of the Defence Forces pictured at a wreath laying ceremony at the US Embassy in Dublin Source: Laura Hutton
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    US servicemen salute as the US flag is loweredSource: Laura Hutton
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    US Defence Attache Lieutenant General Sean Cosden salutes as the US flag is loweredSource: Laura Hutton
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    The cadets who served as honour guards at President John F Kennedy's funeral in 1963 (LtoR) Joe Ahern, Dick Heaslip, Hugh O'Donnell, Ken Byrne, Don Brennock and Billy Nott.Source: Laura Hutton
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    The scene at the ceremony in New Ross Source: @govchiefwhip
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    Brendan Howlin and Paul Kehoe lay a wreath Source: @govchiefwhip
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The Defence Forces also participated in the ceremony where a wreath was laid and the anthems of both the US and Ireland were played.

In Dublin, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore laid a wreath at the US Embassy in Ballsbridge where the American flag was lowered to half mast.

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Ceremonies are also taking place in Dealey Plaza, Dallas today where the shooting took place.

It will coincide with the same time that Kennedy’s motorcade passed through the area just after 12pm local time.

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