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Irish Tenors in the Kennedy Administration

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Monday, May 01, 2006

Charles Daly, Richard Donahue and Jack McNally, all members of President John F. Kennedy's staff, share stories of working in the Kennedy White House. Boston Herald columnist Mike Barnicle moderates this forum.

A former aide to President John F. Kennedy, Daly became the director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on January 1, 1988, and executive director of the Kennedy Library Foundation in 1994. He played a leadership role in making the national memorial to President Kennedy one of the country's leading centers for public discourse and the exchange of ideas. During his tenure at the Kennedy Library, Daly helped bring to fruition several major projects including the construction of the Stephen Smith Center which opened in February 1991; the construction of the Fallon Pier with the University of Massachusetts Boston which opened in 1992; and the construction and opening of the new museum that was dedicated by President Bill Clinton in October 1993. In addition, Daly participated in the establishment of the Profile in Courage Award, the endowment of several major research fellowships, computerization of the Library's work force, and expansion of the Library's educational programs. Mr. Daly, who shares his birthday with President John F. Kennedy, was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 29, 1927 and is a naturalized US citizen. Daly graduated with honors from Yale University in 1949 with a degree in international relations and from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1959.
Donahue, vice chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, has maintained a private law practice since 2001. Prior to establishing his private practice, Mr. Donahue was partner in Donahue & Donahue Attorneys from 1951 to 2001. Mr. Donahue was an assistant to President John F. Kennedy in the White House from 1960 to 1963. He was president and chief operating officer for NIKE, Inc. from 1990 to 1994. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Board for NIKE where he has been a director since 1977. Mr. Donahue is a former president of the New England Bar Association and of the Massachusetts Bar Association from which he received the Gold Medal in 1979. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees. Mr. Donahue is a graduate of Dartmouth College and of Boston University Law School, which honored him with the Silver Shingle Award in 1991. Mr. Donahue is an original member of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Committee, which he served and chaired from its inception in 1989.
John (Jack) McNally first began working for John Kennedy during the 1956 Democratic National Convention while Director of the Young Democrats of Worcester County. Having then been heavily involved in Kennedys 1960 Presidential campaign, President-elect Kennedy appointed him Staff Assistant for Congressional Liaisons. He was responsible for Public Relations, the scheduling and planning of all Presidential travel, and the administrative and fiscal affairs of the White House. He also oversaw the arrangements for President Kennedys funeral in 1963. He remained at the White House until 1965, when he returned to his native Massachusetts to work for the Small Business Administration for the New England region. He has been a director and member of numerous commerce and community organizations since his time in the White House.
Mike Barnicle is an award-winning writer and media personality. He is a political analyst for MSNBC and a frequent contributor, and occasional guest host, on the network's *Hardball with Chris Matthews* and *Morning Joe*. Barnicle can also been seen regularly on NBC's *Today Show*. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, he has written more than 4,000 columns collectively for the *Boston Herald*, *New York Daily News*, and *The Boston Globe*, where he rose to prominence with his biting, satirical, and at times, heart-wrenching columns that closely followed the triumphs, travails and ambitions of Boston's working and middle classes. He has also written articles and opinion pieces for *The Huffington Post*, Newsweek.com, *Esquire*, *George* and *ESPN Magazine*. Since 1982, Barnicle has been a regular contributor to WCVB-TV's nightly news show, *Chronicle*. His award-winning documentaries include *Armed and Dangerous*, which examined the proliferation of guns in the U.S., and *Justice on Trial*, an expose on the Massachusetts judicial system.