Kennedy Summer School 2014 schedule announced

Dublin, 23 June 2014:  The leading Irish and American festival of history, culture and politics, The Kennedy Summer School, today announced the schedule of events taking place in New Ross, Co. Wexford from September 11th– 13th 2014.

Run in association with the JFK Trust in New Ross, the three day event will highlight the strength of political, historical and cultural links between Ireland and America through a series of presentations and discussions. The festival will focus on the theme ‘History Repeats Itself’. Upon announcing the details of this years programme, Summer School Director Noel Whelan said, “the task we have embarked on for the New Ross JFK Trust is to leverage the extraordinary success of last year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland and to build the Kennedy Summer School into a sustainable high profile annual event which brings hundreds of visitors to New Ross every September.”

Prominent Irish and American participants confirmed for the Kennedy Summer School include: Dr Christine Kinealy Professor of History and Irish Studies at Quinnipiac University in New York; Professor Nina L. Khrushcheva; space commentator Leo Enright; Nicole Mary Kelby author of “The Pink Suit”; Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Paraic Duffy speaking about the GAA -The Emigrant Game; journalist and commentator Eoghan Harris; political commentator Larry Donnelly and others.

The Summer School attracts guests and members of the public from across Ireland and the US, with an interest in Irish American links.  One very notable event is the “The Edward M Kennedy Lecture”. This lecture, in association with the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention NUI Maynooth, will be held in St Michaels Theatre on Friday, 12th September with a special address by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, the first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. Baroness O’Loan is a Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy for the UN Programme on Women, Peace and Security.

‘A Cold War, Then & Now Again’ will the presentation by Nina L. Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the New School and Senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City.  Khrushcheva is the great granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev

One of the highlights of the weekend is screening of ‘Letters to Jackie’ followed by a public interview with Nicole Mary Kelby author of ‘The Pink Suit’.

The Kennedy Summer School will build on the special links between New Ross and John F. Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family. President Kennedy’s great grandfather was born in nearby Dunganstown, and the then President visited this homestead in 1963. His tour on that occasion also included an historic public address at New Ross quayside.

Supported by Fáilte Ireland, Brandon House Hotel, Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth; and Wexford County Council, The Kennedy Summer School has a mixture of events to suit all interests from space and science to politics, history and fashion. Each event is a showcase of the Irish American experience.

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2013 Kennedy Summer School Schedule Announced

NEWS RELEASE New Ross, 21st August: The leading Irish American festival of history, culture and politics, The Kennedy Summer School, today announced the schedule of events taking place in New Ross, Co. Wexford from September 12th– 14th 2013. The festival marks one of the final celebrations of the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s iconic visit to New Ross.

Run in association with the JFK Trust in New Ross, the three day event will highlight the strength of political, historical and cultural links between Ireland and America through a series of presentations and discussions. The festival will recap on what has been a phenomenal year of celebration for the town and its residents.

Special guests at this years Kennedy Summer School are Ted Kennedy Jnr, son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy and film producer Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Bobby Kennedy.

Prominent Irish and American participants confirmed for the Kennedy Summer School include: space commentator Leo Enright; historian Richard Aldous; scholar Brian Murphy; TV producer John O’Regan; film producer David Harvey; journalist and business women Margaret E. Ward; former trade unionist Peter Cassells; businessman Barry O’Leary; Minister Richard Bruton; politician Micheál Martin TD; Senator Katherine Zappone; Professor Dr. Jane Suiter; author and former politician Mary O’Rourke; broadcaster and former politician Nora Owen; broadcasters George Hook, Michael Graham and Alan Corcoran; curator Patrick Grennan; research officer Michael Taft; political commentator Larry Donnelly; professional genealogist R. Andrew Pierce.

The Summer School attracts guests and members of the public from across Ireland and the US, with an interest in Irish American links. One very notable event is the “The Edward M Kennedy Lecture”. This lecture, in association with the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention NUI Maynooth, will be held in St Michaels Theatre on Friday, 13th September with a special address by Ted Kennedy Jnr.

Guests interested in politics will not want to miss the discussion on “Reforming Irish Politics”, which will debate on Local Government and Seanad Éireann by Minister Richard Bruton TD, Micheál Martin TD, Senator Katherine Zappone and Dr Jane Suiter.

One of the highlights of the weekend is Irish premier screening of the five times Emmy nominated documentary film called ETHEL, which highlights the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy. Directed by her Emmy Award-winning daughter Rory Kennedy, the film is a personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening, the life she shared with Bobby Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own.

Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, ETHEL offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph. Guests attending the screening will be treated to a Hennessy Fine de Cognac reception on arrival and the screening will be followed by an interview with Rory Kennedy and the film writer, Mark Bailey.

The Kennedy Summer School will build on the special links between New Ross and John F. Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family. President Kennedy’s great grandfather was born in nearby Dunganstown, and the then President visited this homestead in 1963. His tour on that occasion also included an historic public address at New Ross quayside. The new Visitor Centre at the Kennedy Homestead Dunganstown was opened by Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, in June this year as part of the JFK 50th anniversary celebrations.

Tickets can be bought here.

 

Supported by American Airlines, Coca Cola, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Brandon House Hotel, Monart, Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth; and Circle Films, The Kennedy Summer School has a mixture of events to suit all interests from space and science to politics, history and even the Irish Mafia in the US. Each event is a showcase of the Irish American experience.

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For further information please contact: Limelight Communications on (01) 668 0600

NOTE TO EDITOR:

THE JFK TRUST

The JFK Trust is a charitable trust founded in 1988 to support the social, economic and tourist development of New Ross town and the surrounding area and to commemorate the historic legacy of the Kennedy family. The trust is currently involved in a number of projects in New Ross, most prominently the replica Dunbrody Famine Ship moored at New Ross’s south quay and the recently expanded Emigration History visitor centre also at New Ross south quay. This visitor centre also houses the Irish America Hall of Fame. The Irish America Hall of Fame was founded by Irish America magazine in November 2010 and recognises extraordinary figures in the Irish American community who have had a profound effect on the Irish in America and strengthened the bonds between the United States and Ireland.

Premiere Screening of ‘The Kennedys – A Homecoming’

American BBQ and Political Roast

The Kennedys – Irish Mafia, a new documentary

ETHEL, the personal untold story of Ethel Kennedy

The Irish premier screening of ETHEL, a feature-length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, takes place on the opening night of the Kennedy Summer School in St Michael’s Theatre.

Directed by her Emmy Award-winning daughter Rory Kennedy, the film is a personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening, the life she shared with Bobby Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, ETHEL offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.

The screening will be followed by a public interview with Rory Kennedy, film maker.

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Live Video From the Kennedy Summer School

We’re pleased to announce that the Kennedy Summer School sessions will be streamed live on the Internet, for those of you who couldn’t make it in person.

To view the sessions, just click the Live Sessions button at the right of this website’s homepage while the session is in progress. In between sessions, we’ll be running a slideshow of photographs taken during John F. Kennedy’s visit to New Ross in 1963.

You can also view the sessions directly on the Kennedy Summer School channel on UStream.

Our thanks to Ben Dolan and UStream for helping to make this possible.

Bobby Kennedy III Confirmed As Special Guest

NEWS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE

Inaugural event, featuring over twenty high-profile speakers, takes place September 6–8 in New Ross, Wexford.

August 29th, 2012: The organisers of the Kennedy Summer School, a festival of Irish American history and politics, have announced that Bobby Kennedy III will be the special guest at this year’s inaugural event. This unique event takes place in New Ross, Co. Wexford from September 6th – 8th 2012, as a precursor to the 50th anniversary in 2013 of John F Kennedy’s iconic visit to New Ross.

Bobby Kennedy III will attend talks and performances during the Summer School, and will be the guest of honour at the tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the closing event of the Summer School, on Saturday September 8th.

Run in association with the John F. Kennedy Trust in New Ross, the inaugural event will highlight the strength of political, historical and cultural links between Ireland and America through a series of presentations and discussions. Two and a half days of stimulating debate, informative reflections and varied entertainment will showcase the unique Irish American experience in a location steeped in historical relevance. The event is supported by Fáilte Ireland, Wexford Local Development and Tourism Ireland.

American speakers confirmed include Tad Devine, senior strategist to both the John Kerry and Al Gore Presidential campaigns, arriving in Ireland following his attendance at the Democratic National Convention in the US. Also attending will be Sean McGraw, assistant Professor of Politics at Notre Dame University and Dr. Howard Keeley Director of Georgia Southern University Centre for Irish Studies Prominent Irish participants confirmed for the Kennedy Summer School include broadcaster John Bowman; former Irish Times Editor Geraldine Kennedy; author John Waters; former politician Mary O’Rourke; former Minister Nora Owen; Áine Kerr, political editor of Storyful.com, returning from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the US; Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman; columnist Fergus Finlay and former rugby international Keith Wood.

The Summer School will attract guests and members of the public from across Ireland and the US, with a variety of elements designed to attract all with an interest in Irish American links. “Wexford Voices”, to be held at St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, will feature contributions from an esteemed panel of speakers on the theme of Ireland, Irish America and the Kennedy Legacy, to be followed by a musical performance by The Garda Band and musical group Barrowside.

“The Kennedy Civil Rights Legacy – Lessons for Ireland”, presented in association with Waterford Institute of Technology, will feature topical discussions on civil rights developments since JFK’s presidency. Speakers for this event will include the former Northern Ireland civil rights leader Austin Currie. On Saturday 8th September there will be a special tribute night and concert: “Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Special Legacy”. US playwright Dennis C. McAndrews will be performing his acclaimed one-man play “What if JFK Had Lived?” for the first time in Ireland.

The Kennedy Summer School will build on the special links between New Ross and John F. Kennedy and the extended Kennedy family. President Kennedy’s great grandfather was born in nearby Dunganstown, and the then President visited this homestead in 1963. His tour on that occasion also included an historic public address at New Ross quayside. The 2012 event will set the stage for a more extensive Kennedy Summer School event in 2013, which will be a central component in a programme of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s historic Irish visit. The director of the inaugural Kennedy Summer School is the barrister and political commentator Noel Whelan.

Tickets to the event are limited and now on sale from http://www.kennedysummerschool.ie/.

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For further information please contact Glenn Hogarty, Limelight Communications on (01) 668 0600.

Note to Editor:

THE JOHN F. KENNEDY TRUST

The John F. Kennedy Trust is a charitable trust founded in 1988 to support the social, economic and tourist development of New Ross town and the surrounding area and to commemorate the historic legacy of the Kennedy family. The trust is currently involved in a number of projects in New Ross, most prominently the replica Dunbrody Famine Ship moored at New Ross’s south quay and the recently expanded Emigration History visitor centre also at New Ross south quay.

This visitor centre also houses the Irish America Hall of Fame. The Irish America Hall of Fame was founded by Irish America magazine in November 2010 and recognises extraordinary figures in the Irish American community who have had a profound effect on the Irish in America and strengthened the bonds between the United States and Ireland.

“Oh What A Show” by performers from the Delta Centre, Carlow

Performers from the Delta Centre, Carlow will perform a shortened version of ‘Oh What a Show’ which had a hugely successful run at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow earlier this year.

The full production involves over 90 performers with an Intellectual Disability and 80 staff from Delta Centre.

The lively show contains numbers from a range of well-known musicals and productions such as Cats, Oh what a Circus, One more star in the sky, Oliver, and No Business like Showbusiness. The ethos behind the production is to demonstrate that people of differing abilities can participate in and enjoy every aspect of the world of theatre from acting, singing and dancing to prop construction and costume design. It’s a performance not to be missed.

Delta Centre based in Strawhill Industrial Estate in Carlow provides training, residential, respite, day and multi-sensory services to adults with an Intellectual Disability. From the age of 18 and according to their level of ability, trainees can avail of services that include rehabilitation, numeracy and literacy training, catering, horticulture, education or work experience.

Trainees attend the centre daily to develop new skills and build friendships and confidence.  Employment opportunities are offered through a supported employment programme ensuring a sense of responsibility and identity for the trainees who are employed in several hotels, supermarkets and retail outlets in the locality.

Saturday 8th September

Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Special Legacy- A Tribute Night

The closing event on the summer school will be a special evening of tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, co-founder of the Special Olympics, who accompanied her brother John on his presidential visit to New Ross in 1963. The evening will include video presentations on her life and work and on her visit to New Ross during the 2003 Croke Park Special Olympics. There will contributions from Mary Davis, Fergus Finley and Former Rugby International, Keith Wood. There will also be entertainment by a number of gala performers including a musical tribute from a group of Special Athletes.