2022 Event Speakers

Shona Murray

Shona Murray Shona Murray is a journalist with extensive reporting experience covering European and Irish current affairs, as well as international politics and various international

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Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Colm Mac Con Iomaire Almost twenty years ago Colm Mac Con Iomaire was struggling to describe his early attempts at composition and made a distinction

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Jack Chambers

Jack Chambers Jack Chambers TD is Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht. He was appointed to this role

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Verona Murphy

Verona is the President of the Irish Road Haulage Association and Managing Director of DruMur Transport Limited, Ramsgrange, County Wexford

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Marion McKeone

Marion McKeone Marion McKeone is an award-winning journalist, who has also worked as a barrister, broadcaster, writer, documentary maker and consultant.  Currently employed as the

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Richard Boyd Barrett Richard is a People Before Profit TD for Dún Laoghaire and the party’s spokesperson on Housing and Finance 2022 Event Speakers 2022

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Briona Nic Dhiarmada

Briona Nic Dhiarmada Briona Nic Dhiarmada is a native of New Ross and is the Thomas J. and Kathleen O’Donnell Professor Emerita of Irish Studies

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Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates Ivan Yates has a unique set of Irish life experiences over the past four decades as Radio and TV Broadcaster, Entrepreneur, Company Director,

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Anabel O’Hora

Anabel O’Hora Anabel is sixteen years old, she was born in Manhattan and moved to Ireland aged six to be closer to family. Anabel is

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Cian Ó Lionáin

Cian Ó Lionáin Cian Ó Lionáin is the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sport policy and funding in the Department of Tourism, Culture,

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Simon Harris

Minister Simon Harris Simon Harris is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

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Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell Sarah Churchwell is Professor in American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of

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Royston Brady

Royston Brady Royston Brady is a US hotelier and former Irish politician. Born in Dublin, Brady rose to prominence as a member of Fianna Fáil.

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Brian Murphy

Dr Brian Murphy Dr Brian Murphy is a director of the Kennedy Summer School. He earned his doctorate in Modern Irish History from the School

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Siobhan McManamy

Siobhan McManamy Acting Chief Executive Siobhan McManamy was appointed Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland in May 2022. She had been Tourism Ireland’s Director of

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David McCullagh

David McCullagh is a journalist with RTÉ. After 12 years as Political Correspondent, he became a presenter on Prime Time in 2013.

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Matthew Jebb

Matthew Jebb Matthew Jebb undertook his primary degree and D.Phil at Oxford University. His Ph.D. looked at the taxonomy and tuber morphology of the rubiaceous

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Prof Philip McGowan

Prof Philip McGowan Philip McGowan is Professor of American Literature at Queen’s University Belfast and President of the European Association for American Studies (2016-24). An

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Anne Dolan

Anne Dolan Anne Dolan is Associate Professor in Modern Irish History in the Department of History, and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is author

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Aoife Moore

Aoife Moore Aoife Moore is an award-winning Political Correspondent for the Irish Examiner, based in Dublin. Born in Derry during the peace process, Aoife has

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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas Cal Thomas focuses on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Without letting politics, or ignorance,

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Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston Ms. Johnston runs her own public affairs and management company Blue Yard.  She is the presenter of a weekly show called Taking Stock

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Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan Dr. Tom Clonan is an academic, (Technological University, Dublin) writer and Journalist.  He is an Independent Security Analyst and provides defence and intelligence

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Martin O’Donoghue

Dr Martin O’Donoghue Dr Martin O’Donoghue teaches modern British and Irish history at the University of Sheffield. In summer 2022, he will be a visiting

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Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan Ciara Phelan is a political correspondent with the Irish Daily Mirror.  She began working at Leinster House in July 2020 after the formation

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Brian O’Donovan

Brian O’Donovan Brian O’Donovan is RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent, a position he has held since January 2018. During his time in the US, Brian has covered

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Claire Cronin

US Ambassador Claire Cronin President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. nominated Claire D. Cronin to be United States Ambassador to Ireland on June 23, 2021.  Prior

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Christina Finn

Christina Finn Christina Finn is the Political Correspondent for The Journal. She has worked with the publication for over ten years, with the last six

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Grace O’Sullivan

Grace O’Sullivan Grace is a mother of three, an ecologist, and an environmental education specialist. She is also a former Greenpeace activist, a former Irish

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Katie Morrisroe

Katie Morrisroe Katie Morrisroe is Director of National Historic Properties with the Office of Public Works. She manages a portfolio of Ireland’s most significant heritage

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Larry Donnelly

Larry Donnelly Larry Donnelly is a Boston born and educated attorney who holds both American and Irish passports.  Larry relocated to his ancestral Ireland to

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Mark Daly

Senator Mark Daly Before being elected as a Senator, Mark worked on election campaigns to the European Parliament for Brian Crowley MEP in 1994, 1999,

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Aisling Brady

Aisling Brady Aisling is a TV producer and reporter for Oireachtas TV, producing the leading parliamentary affairs discussion programme Oireachtas TV Debates. She previously worked for

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Mary Kennedy

Mary Kennedy One of Ireland’s popular broadcasters, Mary Kennedy began her RTE career as a continuity announcer. She soon became a Newscaster and came to

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Jo Linehan

Jo Linehan As a lifestyle and sustainability journalist, co-founder of GAFF Shop, and host of The Futurist Podcast, Jo Linehan’s work is all about highlighting

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Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Donnacha Ó Beacháin Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, where he lectures on post-Soviet

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Neal Thompson

Neal Thompson Neal Thompson is a journalist and the author of six highly acclaimed nonfiction books, including The First Kennedys, A Curious Man, Driving with the Devil, and Kickflip Boys. A

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Daniel Mulhall

Daniel Mulhall Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland’s 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017 and will complete his term in August

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John Feehery

John Feehery John Feehery is a columnist for The Hill, a partner at EFB Advocacy, a boutique lobbying and strategic advocacy firm Hill, a podcaster

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Alannah Wrynn

Alannah Wrynn Alannah Wrynn is a seventeen year old activist, and 5th year student from Dunmanway, West Cork. Growing up on a farm, the natural

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Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly Paul Kelly has been the Chief Executive of  Fáilte  Ireland since 2017. Paul’s work is to ensure the sustained and sustainable recovery and growth of

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Mary Regan

Mary Regan Mary Regan is an award-winning journalist who has covered politics for both print and broadcast for more than ten years. She currently works

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Dominic Dillane

Dr Dominic Dillane Dr Dominic Dillane is Head of School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at TU Dublin. Dominic holds a BSc Degree in Actuarial

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Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy Joe Kennedy has dedicated his career to social and economic justice. A former Congressman, legal aid volunteer, and assistant district attorney, he founded

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William Murphy

William Murphy William Murphy is an Associate Professor of History at Dublin City University. He is the author of Political Imprisonment and the Irish, 1912-1921 (2014). He

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Ruth Andrews

Ruth Andrews With a career spanning over 35 years in Irish tourism, Ruth commenced her tourism career in the Hotel sector as a marketing/sales professional. 

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Mick Kelly

Mick Kelly Michael Kelly is founder of GIY, a social entrepreneur, author, TV presenter and hacker grower. He worked in the IT industry for 10

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Sean Connick

Sean Connick Seán Connick is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

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Sorca Clarke

Sorca Clarke Sorca Clarke is the Defence Spokesperson for Sinn Féin and TD for the constituency of Longford Westmeath. Having been a member of Westmeath

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Tony Connelly

Tony Connelly Tony Connelly is Europe Editor for RTÉ, Ireland’s public broadcaster.   Tony has reported extensively on Brexit, and has been covering EU and

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Drew Harris

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris Title: Garda Commissioner Native Of: Belfast, County Antrim Appointed: September 2018 Career Highlights:  Commissioner Drew Harris had 34 years policing experience with the Police Service

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