Tuesday 16 January 2018

Famous Dunganstown tea party to be brought to life

JFK at Dunganstown in 1963
JFK at Dunganstown in 1963
JFK at Dunganstown in 1963
Margaret Roche, head chef at Dublin's Hugo's

Esther Hayden

The most famous Irish tea party is set to be re-enacted at the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown during the annual Kennedy Summer School.

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, Mike O'Conor, assistant head, School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology at DIT and Margaret Roche, head chef at Hugo Restaurant Dublin will collaborate to host the tea party in the famous farmyard in New Ross.

The tea party will take place during the afternoon of Friday, September 8.

The annual Kennedy Summer School is set to host a number of expert discussions and is billed as 'A Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture'.

There will be close to 40 guest speakers participating over three days on a wide range of different subjects and organisers say that Brexit and Ireland's relationship with the US 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.

There will be a series of public interviews including an audience with RTE US correspondent Caitriona Perry, a keynote by the speech writer for Barack Obama Cody Kennan and Bob Schrum along with a host of panellists. MP Ian Paisley Jnr, RTE Europe editor Tony Connelly, TDs Regina Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald, Joan Burton and Lisa Chambers, as well as Niall Breslin, Ryan Tubridy and many more will all partake in the 2017 Kennedy Summer School.

The Summer School is set to take place in New Ross, from September 7 to 9. The Kennedy Summer School and Festival is run in association with the John F. Kennedy Trust New Ross and with Wexford County Council.

For further details and event tickets see or call St Michael's Theatre at 051 421255.

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