Event News

31 July 2018


The Office of Public Works has announced that President Michael D Higgins will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a special dinner to mark the 50 th Anniversary year of the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum at New Ross on Saturday 8 th Septemeber next. The special dinner will also mark the end of this year’s Kennedy Summer School.

President Eamonn De Valera officially opened the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum near New Ross in May 1968. To mark this 50th anniversary year, the Office of Public Works will present a day of unique tours, talks, workshops and special events at the park on Saturday 8 th September next.

The day will conclude with the gala dinner at the JFK Memorial Park & Arboretum Marquee to celebrate this important milestone for the arboretum and to mark the close of the 2018 summer school. The dinner will be preceded by a formal tree planting and the launch of a new commissioned guide for the Arboretum.

Commenting on the announcement Commissioner of the Office of Public Works John McMahon said, "We are delighted to partner with the JFK Summer School to celebrate such a significant milestone for the JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum. We are honoured that President Michael D Higgins can join us at what promises to be a wonderful conclusion to a thought provoking and stimulating few days”.

Welcoming the announcement of the President’s visit Mr William Keithy, Chair of the Kennedy Summer School said: “The Kennedy Summer School has grown from strength to strength each year and it is indeed a great honour on the occasion of our sixth annual summer school weekend to have the President of Ireland participating in our closing event. It will be a wonderful occasion to mark the 50 th Anniversary of JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum and a great testament to the work of all who are involved in re- enforcing links between the Kennedy family heritage and the local area. President Higgins will get a very warm New Ross welcome”

2018 Programme

Day by day programme
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Themes & Events

  • We Shall Overcome and other Songs
  • Reflections on a Referendum
  • Trump, Immigrants, Jobs and Guns American Politics Panel
  • Presidential Elections and Political Persuasion
  • Kennedy Summer School History Symposium
  • ‘The Final Year’
  • ‘Meeting Miriam’
  • Brexit Endgame: Implications for Ireland, North and South
  • Inspiring Ambition over Adversity
  • Profiles in Sporting Courage A special panel of Irish sporting greats