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New Ross set for €50,000 boost from sell out Kennedy Summer School 26/08/17

| August 26, 2017

The fifth annual Kennedy Summer School, which is set to take place in early September is now a sell out success.

Fans of Irish, U.S. and international politics are bound for the ancestral hometown of President John F. Kennedy, New Ross in county Wexford this September 7th to 9th as the Kennedy Summer School offers a unique programme of Irish and international political commentators, strategists, politicians, journalists and authors who will offer their perspectives on the ongoing changes to the East and West of Ireland.

The Summer School which is deliberately held outside the peak tourist season brings significant economic benefit to the town and surrounding area Visitors from the US, the UK, France, Germany and all across Ireland, have snapped up an average of 300 tickets per day for the three-day summer school up. Some 6% of attendees hail from the international visitor market and 58% from all across Ireland with 36% of attendees from Wexford and the immediate vicinity, figures which will see New Ross boosted by an economic impact of €50,000.

In addition to the direct economic benefit to the town and the national and international publicity the Kennedy Summer School has reinforced the towns association with the Kennedy name and the relationship with key players nationally and in Irish America who have participated in the event. Strategic relationships have also been built with several third level institutions on both sides of the Atlantic including the Edward M Kennedy institute in Maynooth, the Waterford Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Dublin Institute of Technology and also this year Boston College.

Organiser’s also say that exciting plans are already being made to expand the Kennedy Summer School even further in 2018.

The Summer School was founded in 2012 by Ballycullane native Noel Whelan who has continued to grow the reach of the summer school over the last five years alongside Sean Reidy. The CEO of the JFK Trust Sean Connick along with the Summer School team and the directors of this year’s Summer School programme historian and author Dr Brian Murphy and UCG Law Lecturer and U.S. Politics Pundit, Larry Donnelly continue to take the school from strength to strength.

The Kennedy Tea Party will take place at the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown  during the annual Kennedy Summer School on the afternoon of Friday, September 8th, 2017. Special guests Paul Kelly Executive Pastry Chef at the Merrion Hotel and judge on the hit TV show ‘The Great Irish Bakeoff’, Kevin Dundon Chef and Proprietor of the Dunbrody Country 
House Hotel & Restaurant in Co Wexford, Mike O’Conor Assistant Head, School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology at Dublin Institute of Technology and Margaret Roche Head Chef at Hugo Restaurant Dublin will collaborate to host the tea party in the famous farmyard in New Ross. Tickets to this event are €12.50 and are available from St. Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255.

Highlights at the 2017 Summer School include audiences with the speech writer for Barack Obama Cody Kennan, Ian Paisley Jnr MP on Brexit and it’s 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.

More than 35 guest speakers have been lined up to participate in a wide range of different subjects and organisers say that Brexit and Ireland’s relationship with the U.S. will feature prominently. The summer school have also gathered a panel of leading historians to assess the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, 100 years on from his birth and the Summer School will come to a close with an audience with Late Late host Ryan Tubridy on JFK and more.

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