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Pics: Only ever flame taken from JFK's grave lands in Ireland for JFK 50

The flame was given to the Irish Naval Service, who will transport it to New Ross aboard the Irish naval vessel LE ORLA.

THE ONLY EVER flame to be taken from JFK’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, has landed in Ireland.

The ‘Emigrant Flame’ arrived in Ireland this morning from New York and was welcomed by a number of groups, including school children. It was given to the Irish Naval Service, who will transport it to New Ross aboard the Irish naval vessel LE ORLA.

The ‘Emigrant Flame’ will form part of a ceremonial event in New Ross, Co Wexford on Saturday, 22 June as part of the JFK50 celebratory events.

The Aer Lingus plane carrying the ‘Emigrant Flame’ into Dublin Airport this morning. (Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Minister of State Paul Kehoe with the flame. (Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

The flame is being transported in a specially designed miner’s lamp which is identical to the lamp used to transfer the Olympic flame from Athens to London for the 2012 Olympics. (Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Lt. Comdr. Conor Kirwin from the Naval Services pictured receiving the JFK ‘Emigrant Flame’ from Lt. Col. Brendan Delaney from the Irish Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion. (Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

The Irish Naval Service will bring the flame to New Ross aboard the Irish naval vessel LE ORLA in time for the JFK 50 celebrations on Saturday.

Related: Pics: Defence Forces due home with JFK’s eternal flame>

More: Marriage, flags and secret phones… what was left after JFK visited Ireland>

Read: We found the boy smiling up at JFK during his visit to Ireland in 1963>

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