Event News

19 July 2016

The 2016 Programme, and Tickets NOW on SALE

We are thrilled to announce that The Kennedy Summer School 2016 tickets are now on sale, and details of our full programme are now available!

The Summer School is being held, as usual, in New Ross and its environs, over a 3 day period, Thursday 8th , Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of September, 2016. Tickets are available NOW, from the website, hit the TICKETS button!

The opening event on Thursday, the 8th of September, now not only includes an opening address from the American Ambassador, Kevin O'Malley, but also a keynote address by Prof. Robert Downing who is the leading U.S academic on the work of Eugene O'Neill. We are also delighted to be hosting a one man audiovisual spectacular on the strangest stories of 1916 from the comedian and performer Paddy Cullivan of Late Late Show fame.

On Friday, the 9th of September we start with a Mental Health discussion aimed primarily at senior school students, featuring Charlie Bird and numerous others, This is followed by the Dunganstown Tea Party, a festival of tea and cakes that will feature demonstrations from chefs such as Edward Hayden, and many stands from our wonderful local food producers.

On the evening of Friday 9th September we have scheduled the Kennedy Summer School Interview with Noirin O'Sullivan which will be followed by the Edward M. Kennedy Lecture that will be given by Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland. We are also delighted to announce that the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald will reply to the lecture.

On Saturday the 10th of September we have the Strongest Panel on U.S. Politics Ever Assembled in Ireland taking place. The morning session will explore the factors that have shaped the current political climate in the United States, including speakers such as Dr. Robert M. Mauro, Director of the Irish Institute at Boston College. The afternoon session then includes a panel discussion on Irish Politics which will be chaired by RTE's Katie Hannon, On Saturday afternoon we will take a closer look at the 2016 presidential election, the campaigns involved and it's possible outcomes. Tad Devine, Chief Strategist of Bernie Sanders' 2016 Presidential Campaign is one such speaker and he will be describing the Sanders Campaign story for the audience. The final event of the Summer School will be a showing of the Oscar winning movie 'Spotlight' followed by a panel discussion that will deliberate the implications of the clerical abuse scandal that features in the movie and the similar scandal in Ferns. Included in that panel will be, Kevin Cullen, a Boston Globe Columnist and a member of the Spotlight investigation team.

We hope that you will help us spread the word among your family, friends, colleagues, group members and anyone else who you think may wish to attend. We would also be grateful for any help you can give us in getting the word out there among your followers on Twitter or Facebook and other social networks.

2016 Programme

Day by day programme
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Themes & Events

  • The Dunganstown Tea Party
  • New Government, New Politics? or just the Same Old?
  • ‘You, Me and Society’; Conversations on Irish Mental Health
  • “Supported by her Exiled Children: Ireland and America 1916-2016”
  • ‘On a Personal and Policing Journey’
  • Ireland and America; Shared Stories
  • Hillary Vs Trump: A Contest like no Other; Panel discussion and Q&A