After two productive terms as a Connecticut state senator in which he authored and shepherded more than 60 bills to passage, including some landmark environmental legislation, Edward “Ted” Kennedy Jr. is leaving the senate to devote himself to fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. Kennedy, who is the board chair of the AmericanRead more..
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Eunice Kennedy was an amazing woman who changed the way people with disabilities are treated and viewed. Who better to bring her story to light in a new biography than Eileen McNamara, another trailblazing Irish American. ℘℘℘ Eileen McNamara – the longtime Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe columnist who now directs the journalism program at BrandeisRead more..
A new institute honoring the life and legacy of Senator Ted Kennedy opened in Boston with a historic ceremony featuring President Obama, Vice President Biden and other dignitaries. Chilly weather did not deter the hundreds who turned out for the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Monday, MarchRead more..
Chilly weather did not deter the hundreds who turned out for dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Monday, March 30, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Kennedy who was known as “The Lion of the Senate” for his long tenure (47 years), was warmly remembered in a grand ceremony featuring PresidentRead more..
This Thursday, the penultimate event of the JFK 50 commemorations in New Ross kick off. From September 12th through the 14th, the Kennedy Summer School, organized in association with the JFK Trust and supported by Fáilte Ireland and Wexford Local Development Limited, aims to bring a collegial tenor to the year’s events. The theme forRead more..
Patrick Kennedy, former Rhode Island congressman and son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, delivered the keynote address at “Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe,” a conference devoted to brain health and research, held in Dublin at the end of May. Since publicly acknowledging his struggles with addiction, depression and bipolar disorder in 2006, Kennedy has becomeRead more..
During John F Kennedy’s brief (four minutes) but powerful speech to the people of New Ross in 1963 he referred to his great grandfather, Patrick, who left the area in 1849 with nothing but “a strong religious faith and a strong desire for liberty”. A powerful illustration of how JFK adhered to his ancestor’s faithRead more..
When John F. Kennedy toured Ireland in 1963 he left a lasting impression. Nowhere more so, it seems, than in his ancestral homeland in New Ross, Co. Wexford, where his speech from the Quayside is still fondly remembered. In this, the year of The Gathering, New Ross is also giving Kennedy “The Homecoming,” taking fireRead more..
In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy made a series of state visits throughout Europe. To Germany, where he made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech; to Italy; to England; and to Ireland, the country his great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy had left in 1848. Dave Powers, assistant and close friend to the president, described JFK’sRead more..
Columbia University and Jean Kennedy Smith have inaugurated a new award, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, or the EMK Prize. This year’s prize is actually shared by two playwrights: Dan O’Brien for The Body of an American, and Robert Schenkkan for All the Way. The two inaugural winners willRead more..