Kathy White House


May 23rd, 2024

Historian Vincent Carmody will give a lecture on his recently published book ‘Kathy White House’, relating the story of Listowel native Kathy Buckley – who worked as the Head Chef for three past US Presidents.

Kathy was appointed Head Chef for the duration of the term of office of President Calvin Coolidge from 1923 to 1929 and for the presidential terms of both Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Vincent’s lecture will focus on Kathy’s life from being born in Upper William Street as the eldest of seven, to leaving school in her early teens to take a job in the kitchen of the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville.

From here, her talent and flair for cooking would eventually take Kathy all the way to the White House.

Tickets €5, available from the museum box office on 068 22212 or at the door. Commences at 8 pm.

This is a first in a series of lectures being organised by Kerry Writers’ Museum focusing on prominent people from Listowel and North Kerry history including Cecile O’Rahilly, Lily Dillon and Fr. Michael Morrison.

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