Launch of From Whence I Came, Monday, 15 March at 6pm

10 Mar, 2021

From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America, a new book edited by Dr Brian Murphy of TU Dublin and Dublin City University Professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin, will be launched by Taoiseach Mícheál Martin on Monday, 15 March at 6pm.

The timely collection of essays offers a fresh perspective on the Kennedy legacy and the politics of Ireland and the US. It features specially commissioned pieces by a range of respected academic and political figures, including former Obama speechwriter Cody Kennan, the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation, Kerry Kennedy, and former senior adviser to Bernie Sanders, Tad Devine.

It will be launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin as part of the virtual 2021 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, organised by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Consulate General of Ireland in Boston, and Embassy of Ireland, USA.

The event will feature a candid conversation on Irish-American affairs with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Dr Robert Mauro, Executive Director of the Irish Institute at Boston College. A panel discussion on the Kennedy legacy and Ireland will follow with:

  • The Honorable Richard Neal, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
  • The Honorable Joe Kennedy III, former Massachusetts Congressman
  •  Dr Alison Meagher, Deputy Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai
  • Samantha Power, author and former US Ambassador to the United Nations 

Launch details:

When: Monday 15th March at 6PM – 7PM (2PM-3PM in Washington DC)

Event registration

About the editors:

Brian Murphy is a director of the Kennedy Summer School and a director of the John F. Kennedy Trust. He is a lecturer and member of the Academic Council at Technological University Dublin.

Donnacha Ó Beacháin is a Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, where he lectures on the post-Soviet region, unrecognised states, foreign policy and Irish studies.

Copies of the book can be purchased via Irish Academic Press or Amazon. All editor royalties are being donated to the New Ross Community Hospital in memory of Noel Whelan, founder of the Kennedy Summer School.