2016 Programme

Thursday 8th September

7.30pm OPENING NIGHT
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre
[Invitation only event – to apply, email: info@kennedysummerschool.ie]

Host: Anne Doyle
Wexford Ambassador

Official opening by: Kevin F. O’Malley
United States Ambassador to Ireland

“The Fact that I’m Irish”: Eugene O’Neill, US Playwright & Irish Revolutionary
Keynote Address: Professor Robert M. Dowling
Central Connecticut State University

Reply: Dr. Richard Hayes
Head of School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology

“The 10 Dark Secrets of 1916”
Paddy Cullivan
Comedian and musician of Callan’s Kicks, The Late Late Show and Kilkenomics presents his one man audiovisual spectacular on the strangest stories of 1916.

10pm WELCOME RECEPTION
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

 

Friday 9th September

10am-12noon STUDENTS EVENT 
Venue: The Library Park, Amphitheatre [Free open air event]

YOU, ME & SOCIETY; CONVERSATIONS ON YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

Speakers: Dr. Tony Bates
Founding Director and CEO of Jigsaw – Ireland’s National Centre for Youth Mental Health

Sorcha O’Neill
See Change – The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership

Charlie Bird
Journalist and author of “A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories”

2.30pm THE DUNGANSTOWN TEA PARTY
Venue: Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown

“An Afternoon of Talks, Cookery Demonstrations, Entertainment and Light Refreshments”

Featuring: Edward Hayden,
Author of “Food for Friends”, TV chef, food writer/blogger

Catherine Leyden 
The Odlums Lady 

Ray Cullen 
Irish Coffee Masterclass 

Friday Evening 9th September

6.30-7.30PM THE KENNEDY SUMMER SCHOOL INTERVIEW
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

“A Personal and Policing Journey”Public interview with: Noirin O’Sullivan
Commissioner of An Garda Síochána

7.30-8.45PM THE EDWARD M. KENNEDY LECTURE
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

(In association with the Edward M. Kennedy Centre for Conflict Intervention)

Chair: Peter Cassells
Director, Edward M. Kennedy Centre for Conflict Intervention,
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

“Distance Peacemaker: Ted Kennedy’s efforts for peace in Ireland”
Alison Meagher
PhD Candidate, School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy, Queens University Belfast

“Supported by her exiled children: Ireland and America 1916-2016”

Keynote Address: Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland

Reply: Frances Fitzgerald TD
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality

9pm KENNEDY SUMMER SCHOOL FLEADH CHEOIL
AND RECEPTION
Venue: Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

Traditional music, ceoil agus craic.

Saturday 10th September

11.00AM-12.45PM AMERICAN POLITICS – SESSION ONE
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

THE US PRESIDENCY AND POLITICS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Robert Kennedy, The Greatest President America never had?
Ronan King:                                                                                                                                 Programme Director of a cutting-edge “Advanced Transitions Programme” at Dublin City University

The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace
David Woolner 
Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian at The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow Bard Center for Civic Engagement Bard College

How did we get here? A Political Scientist’s perspective on the context of the 2016 US Election
Dr. Robert M. Mauro
Director of the Irish Institute, Boston College

12.45-2.00PM LUNCHTIME BREAK
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

2.00pm IRISH POLITICS SESSION

Budget, Brexit and Better Politics A Questions and Answers Panel on Ireland’s “New Politics”

Chair: Katie Hannon
Political Correspondent, RTE Current Affairs

Panel:
PASCHAL DONOHOE  TD
(FG) Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

JOHN MCGUINNESS TD
(FF) Chair Finance and General Affairs Committee

EOIN  Ó BROIN TD
(SF)  Spokesperson on Housing,Planning and Local Government

Senator LYNN RUANE
(Independent)

3.00 pm: COFFEE BREAK

3.30 pm AMERICAN POLITICS – SESSION TWO:
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

The Bernie Sanders Campaign Story
Tad Devine
Chief Strategist, Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign

The 2016 US Election: How Trump Could Win
Larry Donnelly
Political Commentator, Law Lecturer NUI Galway

The 2016 US Election: The Campaign on Twitter
Colin Crowell
Vice President Global Public Policy & Philanthropy, Twitter

The 2016 US Election: A journalist’s perspective
Kevin Cullen
Columnist, Boston Globe

The 2016 US Election: A Republican Perspective
Stacy Hilliard
Chair American Voices International

5.30-8.00PM EVENING BREAK

Saturday Evening 10th September

8.00PM SPECIAL MOVIE SCREENING
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

SPOTLIGHT
The 2016 Oscar ‘Best Picture’ tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer prize-winning Boston Globe investigation into clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses,the decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment.

Followed by a panel discussion:

BOSTON & FERNS: LESSONS FOR MEDIA AND SOCIETY

Colm O’Gorman
Executive Director Amnesty International Ireland,
Author “Beyond Belief”, documentary maker ‘Suing The Pope’2002

Alison O’Connor
Columnist Irish Examiner, Author “A Message from Heaven:The Life & Crimes of Fr Sean Fortune” (2000)

Kevin Cullen
Member, Spotlight Investigation Team, Boston Globe

Tom Mooney
Editor Wexford Echo
Author. ‘All The Bishops Men’ 2010


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