The Republic of Ireland has announced it will fund a series of programs at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute this year. Through a grant from the Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme, the EMK Institute recently received $30,000 to support new programs, exhibits, and research that will teach visitors about the global impact of the Kennedy family’s public service, their connection to Ireland, and important events in Irish history.
“Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a hugely important friend to Ireland who worked ceaselessly through the great institution of the US Senate to bring peace and prosperity to the island,” said Shane Cahill, Consul General for Boston. “As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement this year, we are proud to support the Kennedy Institute. The Institute continues the Senator’s legacy by convening meaningful conversations that highlight Irish culture and history, and show the power of our two nations working together.”
Among the new programs supported by grant money will be a new digital exhibit highlighting the role that Senator Kennedy played in the Northern Ireland peace process. Funds will also go toward a follow-up event related to the Institute’s October showing of “Condemned to Remember,” a documentary that follows the experiences of a Holocaust survivor and Irish citizen.
The supplementary event will have “a continued focus on the lessons we can learn from Ireland’s experience in peacemaking and conflict resolution.” In addition, the funding will support efforts to archive Senator Kennedy’s collections.
“We are fortunate to have the Irish Consulate in Boston as a strong partner in the Institute’s work,” said Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.