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March Events

From Whence I Came
The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America
Edited by Brian Murphy & Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Elected in 1960 as the 35th President of the USA, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains to this day the office’s youngest incumbent and he was its first Roman Catholic. His term in office was short, but arguably no US President has inspired more people around the globe than JFK. Even today, for generations born decades after his death, President Kennedy’s legacy has an enduring appeal.

This insightful book contains 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.

With the presidency of Joe Biden seeing a renewed focus on broader themes within Irish, American and global politics, From Whence I Came is a fascinating and timely collection that offers a fresh perspective on the Kennedy legacy and the politics of Ireland and the United States.

Paperback •  €19.95 | £18.99 •  288 pages •  226mm x 153mm • 9781788551410
Brian Murphy lectures at the Technological University Dublin.  He holds a PhD in Modern Irish History from University College Dublin and is the author of Forgotten Patriot: Douglas Hyde and the Foundation of the Irish Presidency and Brian Lenihan: In Calm and Crisis (co-editor). He was Co-Director of the Kennedy Summer School from 2016-2018.
Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Professor of Politics at Dublin City University. His books include Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926-1973Political Communication in Ireland (co-editor) and From Partition to Brexit: The Irish Government and Northern Ireland (2018).
All editor royalties will be donated to the New Ross Community Hospital.



Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, will deliver the next UCC-Defence Forces Lecture on ‘The link between Defence and Foreign Policy – Ireland’s role on the Security Council’, on Mon 29th March, 6.30-8.00pm (Irish/UK time). 

Lecture details:
‘The link between Defence and Foreign Policy – Ireland’s role on the Security Council’
Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence
Mon 29th March, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time)
Viewable live on youtube:; no registration or log-in is required; viewers will be able to ask questions via the youtube chat function.
The lecture will also be available afterwards so that people may view it later if they wish.

Simon Coveney T.D. is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Defence. He is also the Deputy Leader of Fine Gael and served as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit from November 2017 to June 2020.  He has served as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (2016-2017), Minister for Defence (2014-2016) and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (2011-2016). First, elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1998, he was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 where he was a member of the EPP-ED group. He was a member of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee and a substitute member on the Fisheries Committee. Mr. Coveney was the author of the European Parliament’s Annual Report on Human Rights in the World for the year 2004 and again for 2006.  He was a member of Cork County Council and the Southern Health Board from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Coveney holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Land Management from The Royal Agriculture College, Gloucestershire. He was also educated at Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare, University College Cork and Gurteen Agricultural College, County Tipperary. In 1997/8 he led the “Sail Chernobyl Project” which involved sailing 30,000 miles around the world for charity.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law.


Dr Sean Haughey at Liverpool asked that the PSAI share this survey.

The Parliaments Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association is undertaking a survey of research in the sub-disciplinary area of parliamentary and legislative studies. The purpose of the survey is to map the sub-discipline and identify any trends and absences. Most questions refer to parliaments only but this is for ease of reading only and should be read as shorthand for all (aspects of) parliaments and legislatures. The survey contains five sections and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be stored securely and in line with GDPR. Your responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and the information you provide will not be used to identify you individually, or presented in such a way that makes it possible for you to be identified. The results of the survey will be presented at the PSA Parliaments Online Conference on 9th June 2021 and will subsequently be made available through the PSA Parliaments website (



Friday 19 March 1-2PM
Dieter Reinisch (PCI)
The campaign by Irish Republican prisoners for Political Status in Portlaoise Prison, 1973-77.

Friday 26 March 1-2PM
Richard Bourke (University of Cambridge)
Revolution and Political Ideas in Ireland, 1890–1922.

All seminars take place via Zoom (registration with Eventbrite)
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