Frances O'Rourke | Aug. 17, 2013 | Irish Times
Kevin Whelan is Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Irish centre, based in Daniel O’Connell’s former house on Merrion Square, Dublin. He is co-editor of the bestselling ‘Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape’. Originally from the Co Wexford bit of Clonegal, he lives in Dublin city centre with his wife Anne Kearney and their four children – Bébhinn, Fionn, Ruaidhrí and Eamonn.
"Notre Dame is a huge brand in America and I saw very early that a reconnection between Notre Dame and Ireland would be good for this country. It’s not just looking at Irish-Americans and seeing dollars in their eyes, but looking at this as a relationship we need to work on. If we see it purely as an economic relationship it will fall flat on its face."