Merrion Press’ insightful new book From Whence I Came, which is edited by Brian Murphy and Donnacha O Beachain, was launched Monday evening (15th March) by none other than Taoiseach Micheal Martin. The launch was held on Zoom and featured candid conversation on the current state of Irish-American affairs and in particular the Good Friday Agreement between the Taoiseach and Dr Robert Mauro, Executive Director of the Irish Institute at Boston College.
Dr Mauro then moderated a unique panel consisting of The Honorable Richard Neal, Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee and a man who has dedicated much of his career to US–Ireland relations including maintaining American involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process, The Honorable Joe Kennedy III, former Massachusetts Congressman, Dr Alison Meagher, Deputy Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai and Ambassador Samantha Power, form United States Ambassador to the United Nations. The event was then closed off with a moving performance from the New Ross & District Pipe Band.
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. It 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. It is available to buy now from Merrion Press: https://irishacademicpress.ie/product/from-whence-i-came/
All editor royalties from this book are being donated to the New Ross Community Hospital, a registered Irish charity run by a voluntary board of directors.