Kennedy book and archive launch at sum­mer school

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - BY DAVID LOOBY

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 karen@kennedy­sum­mer­school.ie.

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 karen@kennedy­sum­mer­school.ie 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.

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