First Announcements, 2016!

We are delighted to be making our first formal announcements for the 2016 Kennedy Summer School!
We have put together a very exciting programme for this year’s event, full details of which will be announced in the coming days. The Kennedy Summer School is billed as ‘A Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture’, and 2016 is set to be a dramatic year on all three of these fronts, and on both sides of the Atlantic. We will have close to 40 guest speakers participating over three days on a wide range of different topics; there should be something for all!

At this stage we are publishing the poster for the event (see social media), which gives a few hints regarding the topics up for discussion; the US Presidential Election will obviously feature prominently. We’re currently still busy gathering leading contributors from the U.S. and Ireland for what we are describing as, “ The Strongest Panel on U.S. Politics Ever Assembled in Ireland”, a panel that will include numerous special sessions on the anticipated Trump v Hillary battle.

On the evening of September 8th, the ‘Kennedy Summer School’ will be opened by the American Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley. Our guest of honour and keynote speaker for the Summer School will be the former Governor of Maryland and Democratic Presidential Contender, Martin O’Malley. The Garda Commissioner, Noreen O’Sullivan will be interviewed for this year’s ‘Kennedy Summer School Interview’. We are also assembling an impressive panel on the impact of the 2016 Irish election, and on whether there is really anything “New” about our “ New Politics”. The Dunganstown Tea Party is also returning this year, and will feature a number celebrity chefs and other special guests. Other Irish guests include; Ann Doyle, Charlie Bird, Larry Donnelly, Colm O’Gorman, Tony Bates and many more. Watch this site and social media for further details.

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 will be on sale from July 1st! 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.

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

Kennedy Summer School 2016

The Kennedy Summer School is delighted to announce that it will be held this year in New Ross on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September. We are currently preparing what promises to be an extremely exciting programme. Be sure to check back for our first programme announcements in the coming weeks!
Please email info@kennedysummerschool.com to be included on the circulation list for all our upcoming exciting announcements and to get full details of the 2016 Kennedy Summer School immediately when available.

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Chiefs, Cabinet Ministers, Khrushev’s Great Granddaughter and GAA Celebrities all set for Kennedy Summer School

New Ross, September 2014   Government Ministers, leading GAA figures, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon and top academics from Ireland and the United States are among the speakers participating at the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross, Wexford next Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th September. The theme of this years event is “History Repeats Itself”. There will also be special performances by comedian Barry Murphy and singer and musician Sharon Shannon.

The Kennedy Summer School and Festival is run in association with the John F. Kennedy Trust New Ross and this year includes a range of new events. “We have deliberately expanded the event to make it even more attractive to people from the area. All are welcome and with tickets for each event in St Michael’s only €5 or an all day ticket on Friday and Saturday costing €10, we have also priced this year’s summer school to make it more accessible” said Noel Whelan, Chairman of the JFK Trust.

The festivities begin this year with the Dunganstown Festival of Tea and Cakes at the Kennedy Homestead on the afternoon of Thursday 11th September which will feature demonstrations and a talk from Kevin Dundon.

On Thursday night the proceedings move to St Michael’s Theatre where the celebrated US author Nicole Kelby Smith will give an opening night presentation on Jackie Kennedy. Nicole Kelby Smith’s books include “The Pink Suit” based on the story of the suit worn by Jackie Kennedy on the day of JFK’s assassination.

St Michael’s Theatre is also the location for debates and discussion all day Friday and Saturday including an audio visual presentation by Leo Enright on Space Exploration, the leading US academic Christine Kinealy on Poverty and Emigration in Irish history and one by Sunday Independent columnist Eoghan Harris on Irish political campaigns.

The keynote event on Friday will be talks on Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland by the former police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan, and by new Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan TD.  This will be held in association with The Centre for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University.

On Friday evening there will be a special session discussing the GAA and Emigration which will be chaired by legendary GAA commentator Micheál O Muirtheartaigh and addressed by Pádraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA and former Kerry GAA star come politician Jimmy Deenihan now Minister for Diaspora Affairs and local GAA figure Tony Dempsey.

On Saturday 13th September the key note event will be a special session on current tensions between the United States and Russia on Ukraine and the speakers will include Nina L Khrushcheva, a great granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev who was president of Russia when John F. Kennedy was US President.

Former Fine Gael Minister and now independent TD Lucinda Creighton will be part of a political panel on Saturday lunchtime amid speculation that she is about to announce a new political party.

The Kennedy Summer School and Festival concludes on Saturday night with a special Fleadh Cheoil event on board and around the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience ending with a free public concert by Sharon Shannon by the Emigrant Flame at 8pm.

The organisers say interest in all events is strong and people are advised to book tickets online www.kennedysummerschool.ie or through St Michael’s Theatre, New Ross in advance.

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