2017 Programme

Thursday 7th September 2017

Thursday 7th September 6pm  
Venue: New Ross Library
Launch of the New Ross Kennedy Book and Research Archive 

Speakers: Professor Richard Aldous

Followed by a reception 

Thursday 7th September 8pm
Venue: St. Michael’s Theatre

Official opening by: Katherine Zappone TD 

Followed by

Edward M. Kennedy Lecture 2017 
Special Film Screening of ‘Condemned to Remember’

Chair: Peter Cassells 

Speakers: Tomi ReichentalShaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri

Friday 8th September 2017

Friday 8th September 10am

Venue: St Mary’s Secondary School

Secondary Schools’ Event 
Building ResilienceNiall Breslin (Bressie)
What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up? –  Sinead McSweeney 

& more speakers to be confirmed

Friday 8th  September 12pm

Venue: The Tholsel, New Ross

Arts and Disability – Extending Access: A special panel discussion to mark Jean Kennedy Smith’s Contribution to Arts and Disability

Speakers: Pádraig NaughtonElizabeth WhyteSenator John Dolan 

& more speakers to be confirmed

Friday 8th  September 2.30pm

Venue: Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown

The Dunganstown Tea Party  

Featuring: Paul KellyKevin Dundon Mike O’Connor

& more speakers to be confirmed    

Friday Evening 8th September 6pm

Venue: St. Michael’s Theatre

Brexit & Borders

Speakers: Bertie AhernMark DurkanVerona MurphyTony Connelly

7pm Food for Thought; Short Break for Wine & Light Snacks

Friday Evening 8th  September 7.30pm

Venue: St. Michaels Theatre

Speechwriting for President Obama” 
Cody Keenan, Director of Speech Writing, White House 2013-17  

Cody Keenan

Friday Evening 8th September 8.30pm

Venue: St. Michaels Theatre

The Summer School Interview

Ian Paisley MP in conversation with Noel Whelan  

Saturday 9th September

Saturday 9th September 11am

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

Kennedy Summer School History Symposium: John F. Kennedy 1917-2017
Chair: David McCullagh

Keynote: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Legacy Professor Robert Schmuhl
Was JFK a Great President Felix M. Larkin
 Ireland in the Kennedy Era – Professor Mary E. Daly 

Saturday 9th September 12pm

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

“The Causes That Endure” 

Bob Shrum 

Lunch Break 1.00- 2.00pm

Saturday 9th September 2pm

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

Irish Politics Session: Budget, Brexit & Better Politics

Chair: Sarah McInerney

Speakers: Regina Doherty TD Joan Burton TD Lisa Chambers TDMary Lou McDonald 

Saturday 9th September 3pm

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre 

Translating Trump’s America for the Irish Audience
Caitriona Perry

Coffee Break 4pm

Saturday 9th September 4.30pm

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre 

US Politics Session: Donald Trump and The US Presidency

Speakers: Bob ShrumGina LondonProfessor Robert SchmuhlJohn McGuirk, Dr. Robert Mauro

Saturday 9th September 6pm

Venue: New Ross Library


Ryan Tubridy P. J.  Lynch 

Saturday 9th September 8pm

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

Closing Event: An Audience with Ryan Tubridy on JFK and Much More… 

All programme details are subject to change.

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