Dear Dot. The opening words of each letter from every member of the Kennedy family as they wrote to Dorothy Tubridy, the woman who became their best friend in Ireland, who became as close as a sister to them, and who was a de facto ambassador.
Dot Tubridy, whose late husband, showjumper Captain Mick Tubridy, was based at Trimblestown Stud in Kildalkey prior to his death in 1954, was a close confidante of the American political clan, and was godmother to Courtney Kennedy, daughter of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy.
For over half a century, the Kennedy clan remained in correspondence with Dot Tubridy, evident through the letters, cards, photographs, gifts, medals, and souvenirs on display in this exhibition, and she remained in constant touch with them, visiting them regularly in the United States.
The exhibition of letters and memorabilia entitled 'Dear Dot' is on display at Trim Visitor Centre with thanks to the Tubridy , Lawlor & Gibson Families, our main sponsor Trimfold Envelopes Ltd, and Meath County Council , Discover Boyne Valley and Meath County Library for the usage of the area and display units.
Trim Visitor Centre is located at Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath beside the entrace to Trim Castle. Opening times Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm , Saturday Sunday 11am to 4pm.
(Text: John Donohoe, Meath Chronicle. Exhibition material: The Gibson and Lawlor families)