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Barak Obama's speech writer among the line-up at Kennedy Summer School in Co Wexford

President Barack Obama during speech prep with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office (2016). Picture by Pete Souza

FORMER US president Barack Obama's speech writer and Washington-based RTÉ presenter Caitriona Perry who had a famously `bizarre' encounter with Donald Trump earlier this year are among the attractions of the fifth annual Kennedy Summer School.

Based in New Ross, Co Wexford - the ancestral hometown of President John F. Kennedy - it draws together 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".

Among the more than 35 guest speakers are Obama speech writer Cody Kennan, Ian Paisley Jnr MP, who will discuss Brexit and it's various implications for Ireland and Bob Shrum who will reflect on his involvement in Edward Kennedy's 1980 presidential election campaign.

Ms Perry's talk is entitled `Translating Trump'.

The politics festival will run from September 7 to 9, with this year's focus on Brexit and Ireland's relationship with the US.

The summer school has also gathered a panel of leading historians to assess the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, 100 years on from his birth.

A tea party reminiscent of 1963 will take place in the yard of the Kennedy ancestral homestead with celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, judge of The Great Irish Bake Off, Hugo's chef Margaret Roche and chef Paul Kelly along with the Assistant Head of Food and Culinary Arts at DIT Mike O'Connor.

The Summer School will come to a close with an audience with Late Late host Ryan Tubridy.

Updates on which of the 2017 Kennedy Summer School events will be live streamed and announced via @JFK_SS

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