Kennedy book and archive launch at summer school
A ‘New Ross Kennedy Book and Research Archive’ is being launched at New Ross Library next week to mark the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth.
As part of the fifth annual Kennedy Summer School - which starts on Thursday. September 7 - Wexford County Council, in association with the Kennedy Summer School, is launching the archive on Thursday, September 7. The collection will be officially opened at 6 p.m. by leading historian and author Richard Aldous, who will also speak about his forthcoming book, ‘Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian’, which tells the story of the architect of JFK’s presidential legacy - and the myth of Camelot-Arthur Schlesinger Jr. A collection of books, publications, audiovisual recordings and other research materials on the Kennedy presidency, Kennedy family, and the link between the Kennedys and County Wexford have been gathered and the collection will be added to over the years and maintained for public use.
Wexford County Librarian Eileen Morrissey said: ‘ The collection contains items of unique interest, including a number of books written by John F. Kennedy before taking up political office, LIFE magazine from the 1960’s, and other contemporary publications. The New Ross Standard from June of 1963, during President Kennedy’s official visit to Ireland will be displayed at the launch along with other pieces of memorabilia.’
The launch of the archive is open to the public and is free to attend; places are limited and must be booked in advance. To reserve a space on a first come basis, email email@example.com.
Director of Services Eamonn Hore said: ‘ This is another important occasion in New Ross, further strengthening our proud heritage and links with President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. This collection will be available to locals and visitors alike for viewing. It will be exciting to see the collection grow even further as additional publications and memorabilia are gathered over the years.’
On September 7 the launch of the new Kennedy collection event will be followed by the official opening of the Kennedy Summer School by Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at 8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Theatre, followed by a public interview with the minister. After the interview a special film screening will take place of ‘Condemned to Remember’. In it Irish Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental celebrates his 80th Birthday in a Dublin Mosque with Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al- Qadri before embarking on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with Tomi Reichental and Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri, Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, chaired by Peter Cassells Director of the Edward M Kennedy. This is a free event but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To reserve a space on a first come basis, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive confirmation of ticket allocation. This year’s Kennedy Summer School takes place from September 7 to September 9. Tickets to the events are now sold out; registration for the ticket waiting list is available online via kennedysummerschool.ie
A limited number of tickets to the tea party are still available. The tea party - which is reminiscent of 1963 - will take place in the yard of the Kennedy ancestral homestead in New Ross with celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, judge on The Great Irish Bake Off, Hugo’s restaurant chef Margaret Roche, chef Paul Kelly - along with the Assistant Head of Food and Culinary Arts at DIT Mike O’Connor.
This year’s Kennedy Summer School highlights include audiences with the speech writer for Barack Obama Cody Kennan, Ian Paisley Jnr MP on Brexit and its various implications for Ireland, Bob Shrum will reflect on his involvement in Edward Kennedy’s 1980 presidential election campaign, Caitriona Perry on Translating Trump and a panel of experts on U.S. and Irish policies and politics. The summer school will come to a close with an audience with Late Late host Ryan Tubridy on JFK and more.
Hannah (8), Heidi (6) and Peadar (2) Maher from Oldross, checking out the New Ross Kennedy Book and Research Archive.
Anne Griffen, librarian; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council; Karen O’Connor and Willie Kielthy, Kennedy Summer School.