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Our Hero Meets JFK in Ireland


So the big celebration happened: the 50th anniversary of JFK's 1963 visit to Ireland. They gave it a day-long street party in New Ross, County Wexford. Several members of te Kennedy clan were there. And the Irish prime minister. Not to forget Michael Flatley, the Lord of Dance, and folk singer Judy Collins. You can read all about it here. The photo above, shot a few weeks ago, is the closest I ever came to meeting JFK. As it happens, one of his great-grandfathers came from New Ross: Patrick Kennedy. And so did one of mine, his near contemporary: Michael Byrne (to get the spelling straight). So that's why I was poking around.
Ken McGoogan
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Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.

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