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Robert F Kennedy Jr Mourns Late Saoirse Kennedy Hill in a Eulogy Two Days after Her Funeral

Bettina Dizon
Aug 09, 2019
04:40 A.M.

Robert F. Kennedy penned a tearful eulogy for his niece, Saoirse Kennedy Hill: “She was an adorable, flaxen-haired Irish sprite, with sparkling eyes, peeling laughter, and a thick brogue.”


After delivering an emotional eulogy at Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s funeral, her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy shared his penned memorial for the 22-year-old on Medium, recalling fond memories of her.

Kennedy considered Saoirse his own child after taking her under his wing.



Kennedy remembered his niece as an outspoken and mischievous child who never backed down without a fight or a good debate. Saoirse was close to all her relatives, from the Kennedys, Shrivers, and Lawfords -- everyone knew the young woman, “like a politician.”

“She put out a bright light. Everybody loved her. She was very, very, very, easy to love,” he said. “She was passionate and energetic. She loved a party and had a gift for turning every one of her hardships and mishaps into entertainment and social opportunities.”

“Saoirse always had an inclination to reach out to the most vulnerable. But now young people began confiding in her their deepest secrets,” he added. “She met our broken world and all its troubles with kindness, compassion, understanding, empathy, humor, and courage.”


Kennedy shared more of his personal memories with Saoirse, including vacations and special events. Toward the end of his eulogy, Kennedy gave credit to his niece’s parents for raising her to be a wonderful and compassionate woman.


“If anybody ever wondered whether God loves the Kennedys the proof is that he gave us Saoirse, this brilliant beam of light and laughter. Now, it’s time for us to cease being sad at her passing and to practice being grateful that we had her for 22 amazing years,” he ended his final goodbye.


The night before her passing, Saoirse bonded with her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, over dinner and the last round of Democratic presidential debate. She later took off to karaoke at a local resto-bar, before deciding to take a dip in the waters and watch the sun light up the morning skies, for the last time.

By 6:30 a.m., it was assumed Saoirse was back in bed and ready for her Los Angeles vacation the same day. Everything was planned for the trip with Jack Coady and Emily Abrams.

“The two friends went to bed in Douglas’ room. Saoirse woke up with God,” Kennedy said.



After her demise, many of Saoirse relatives took to social media their kind words and mourning for their lost loved one. Maria Shriver was one of those who posted about the 22-year-old who she considered a cousin.

“She left a gaping hole in the lives of all those who loved her dearly,” she wrote.

Kerry Kennedy also penned an emotional message that described Saoirse as an empowering woman who was passionate about the “human rights” movements and volunteered in different works.

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