Rachel Allen and Brendan Grace will host 2018 Kennedy Tea Party

John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963 was seen as a cultural milestone on both sides of the atlantic
John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963 was seen as a cultural milestone on both sides of the atlantic

Rachel Allen and Brendan Grace will team up to re-create "the most famous Tea Party in Ireland’s history", the Kennedy Tea Party, this September 6 during the annual Kennedy Summer School.

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10 August 2018 | 0

During US president John F. Kennedy’s legendary visit to Ireland in 1963, he attended a tea party hosted by his distant cousin Mary Ryan. It became an iconic moment, when Kennedy proposed a toast “to all the Kennedys who went and all the Kennedys who stayed.”

The event will be recreated this September at the accuual Kennedy Tea Party to commemorate the anniversary of the visit.

At the 2018 Tea Party, Rachel Allen will discuss the sweet delights on offer to guests and the top tips for hosting a tea party. Comedian and transatlantic entertainer Brendan Grace will be on hand providing entertainment during the afternoon.

Commenting on the upcoming tea party, Rachel Allen said she is delighted to be hosting the event, part of the annual Kennedy Summer School.  “It was such an iconic occasion and a real tangible piece of Ireland’s social and hospitality history,” she said, “welcoming family home into the kitchen regardless of their status for tea and cake is something that will always be synonymous with a warm Irish welcome.

“We look forward to welcoming lots of guests to the 2018 Kennedy Tea Party to sample many delicious sweet treats and to enjoy our hospitality.”

The annual Kennedy Summer School is set to host a number of expert discussions and is billed as ‘A Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture’. There will be over 40 guest speakers will participate in debates on a wide range of subjects with current U.S. politics, the final phase of Brexit negotiations and the recent Referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment featuring prominently from September 6th to 8th 2018.

Tea Party tickets are now available at €15 tickets see kennedysummerschool.ie or call St. Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255. For further details and event tickets see kennedysummerschool.ie or call St. Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255.

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