The Kennedy Summer School


The 3rd Kennedy Summer School is set to take place in New Ross from September 11 to 13, 2014.

The Summer School seeks
 to focus on the presidency of John F Kennedy, the legacy of the Kennedy family, its particular relationship with County Wexford and the broader relationship between Ireland and America generally.

The 2014 theme is History Repeats Itself under which some general recurring themes in Irish and American history, politics and culture at different points in time, during the Kennedy presidency and in modern times will be examined.

It promises to be a busy, entertaining and stimulating three days in New Ross with a broad programme of events and even a ‘Tea Festival!’ if you can make your way to join any of the events it will be well wroth it.

For further details see:

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Thursday 11th September 2014:


2.30pm to 5.30pm

An afternoon of talks, cookery demonstrations, entertainment and light refreshments.
Featuring among others: Kevin Dundon, Juanita Browne author of Put the Kettle On: The Irish love affair with Tea.

Hosted by Alan Corcoran, South East Radio

Venue: Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown OPENING NIGHT EVENT:


Starts 8pm

An evening exploring Ireland and America’s enduring affection for and fascination with Jackie Kennedy. Featuring: “The Elegant Eye; Jackie Kennedy’s Modern America” a presentation by Nicole Mary Kelby, author of The Pink Suit. Followed by live entertainment.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre



Friday 12th September 2014:


Starts 10.30am

An audio-visual presentation on space exploration since the Kennedy presidency by Leo Enright
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP Exploring a new phase in European and US economic relations

11.30am to 1pm

A Round Table discussion in association with The European Commission Representation in Ireland and American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. Speakers to include: Stuart Dwyer, Chargé d’Affaires US Embassy and a European Union Commission Representation speaker.
Venue: Brandon House Hotel New Ross

THE EDWARD M KENNEDY LECTURE ‘Truth & Reconciliation in Ireland’ in association with Centre for Conflict Intervention NUI Maynooth

Starts 2.30pm

Address by Baroness Nuala O’Loan.
Reply by: Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

EMIGRANT GAMES The GAA and Emigration

Starts 4.30pm

Talks by: Páraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora Affairs. Chair: Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

8.00pm till late

Special After Dinner address by: Dr. Günther Grun from the Bundesbank (aka Barry Murphy, star of Aprés Match and Irish Pictorial Weekly)
Venue: Brandon House Hotel

Saturday 13th September 2014:


Starts 11am

Blaming the poor for their poverty; then & once again

Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History & Irish Studies, Quinnipiac University

Irish emigration today; Who is going and why?

Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí lecturer in Migration Studies, Department of Geography, University College Cork

‘Other People’s Diaspora’ Recent Immigration and Historical Emigration to and from Ireland’
Dr. Sinéad Moynihan, Department of English, University of Exeter. Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

BUDGET CHOICES 2015 – A Political Panel

Starts 1pm

A discussion on next month’s budget with a cross section of political speakers including: Sean Fleming TD, Public Expenditure, Fianna Fail, Lucinda Creighton TD, member of Reform Alliance, John Halligan, TD, Independent.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

Starts 2.30pm

The Kennedy Campaigns 1964-2012

Larry Donnelly, University College Galway, Legal Counsel Democrats Abroad, Ireland.

The Art and Craft of Political Campaigns.

Eoghan Harris, screenwriter, playwright, TV producer, columnist.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

COLD WAR THEN & ONCE AGAIN? An exploration of US, Russian and International Relations in the 1960s and today.

Starts 4pm

Featuring a keynote address by: Nina L. Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs, the New School and Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, New York City.
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre


Celebrating Irish music’s transatlantic journey

5.30pm till late

Featuring various local and national Irish music performers on stages onboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship and its environs and concluding with: Quayside Concert with Sharon Shannon at 8pm Venue: Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

and New Ross Quayside


Ticket Prices:

Tickets: St. Michael’s Theatre. Box Office 051 421255 or online at

  • –  Individual Event in St Michael’s Theatre 5 Places must be booked in advance
  • –  All Day Ticket Friday or Saturday 10
  • –  Dunganstown Festival of Tea and Cakes 15 
Places limited and must be booked in advance
  • –  Kennedy Summer School Dinner 65
  • –  Dunbrody Fleadh Cheoil Experience and Sharon Shannon. Free Event The Kennedy Summer School 
35 South Street, New Ross, Co. Wexford email Telephone 087 2868720 @JFK_SS


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