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Forthcoming US election takes centre stage at Kennedy Summer School

'Pictured' in New Ross, Co Wexford are President John F Kennedy, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton ahead of the annual Kennedy Summer School, which takes place on September 8-10. The festival will focus on the imminent US Presidential election. Picture by Mary Browne

THE Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’ Sullivan are among those set to gather in Co Wexford next month to reflect on all things Irish-American – and in particular the forthcoming US presidential election.

The 2016 Kennedy Summer School in New Ross gets under way on Thursday September 8 and runs to Saturday September 10.

Joining the tánaiste and Garda commissioner will be other leading Irish politicians, a number of senior US presidential campaign strategists and commentators, and the former governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley.

Together the guests will discuss, debate and reflect on Irish and American history, politics and culture.

Events at the Summer School will include a keynote address on the life and work of the US playwright Eugene O'Neill, whose family heritage is local to New Ross.

Comedian Paddy Cullivan’s will stage his 'The Ten Dark Secrets of 1916' one-man show, while there will also be a restaging of the iconic 1963 John F Kennedy tea party at Dunganstown, hosted this year by chef Edward Hayen.

Tickets and further details about the Kennedy Summer School are available at kennedysummerschool.ie or by calling St Michael’s Theatre at 00 353 51 421255. Two-day passes cost €37.50, Friday only passes are €20, and Saturday only passes cost €25.

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