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Sunday 16 June 2019

Highlights of Summer School book

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the election of John F. Kennedy as President of the United States and the Kennedy Summer School committee in New Ross is publishing a book to mark the occasion, featuring the highlights from the summer school.

The Presidential election of 1960 was a gripping contest between Richard Milhous Nixon and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Ultimately, 43 year-old Kennedy was elected as the 35th President of America and he remains to this day the office's youngest incumbent and its only Roman Catholic.

In August 2020, to mark the 60th anniversary of JFK's election to the White House, the Kennedy Summer School will launch a book edited by Dr Brian Murphy, lecturer in History at Technological University Dublin, and Dr Donnacha Ó Beacháin, lecturer in Politics at Dublin City University. The book will be published by the Irish Academic Press, one of the country's most prestigious publishing houses and will consist of a collection of essays drawing on some of the best papers delivered at the Kennedy Summer School since its foundation in 2012.

Dr Murphy, who served as Director of the Kennedy Summer School in 2017 and 2018 said: 'Arguably, no US President has inspired more people around the globe than JFK. Even today, for a new generation born in the decades after his death, President Kennedy's legacy has an enduring appeal.'

He said every year, in New Ross, where John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather began his emigrant's journey, the Kennedy Summer School reflects on the Kennedy family's record of public service and discusses broader themes relevant to Irish, American and global politics.

'To mark the 60th anniversary of JFK's election to the White House, this book will showcase some of the best papers delivered at the Kennedy Summer School since its foundation in 2012. Donnacha and I are delighted to work with the Irish Academic Press on this exciting project, which we hope will further enhance the reputation of the Kennedy Summer School and of New Ross. We are also very grateful to all of the very distinguished contributors to this book project,' Dr Murphy said.

Among the household-names who are contributing to this book are: Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland; Tad Devine, Chief Campaign Strategist to Bernie Sanders; Cody Keenan, speechwriter to Barack Obama; Professor Mary Daly, UCD; Professor Christine Kinealy, founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University; Professor Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy; Professor Bob Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame and Professor Howard Keeley, Georgia South; Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation; Bob Shrum, former advisor to Ted Kennedy.

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