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2019 Event Speakers

Colum Eastwood

Colum Eastwood MLA is an Irish nationalist politician and leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) since 2015.

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Brian Kennedy

The chart-topping Belfast born singer with the voice of an angel is known for his ballads and has also represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Frances Black

Frances Black is an Irish singer and politician. She came to prominence in the late 1980s when she began to play with her family’s band, The Black Family.

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Leo Varadkar

Leo Eric Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been Taoiseach, Minister for Defence and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017.

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Caitriona Perry

Caitriona Perry is a multi-award-winning Irish journalist who was based in the US for four years as Washington Correspondent for RTE.

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Eamon Martin

Archbishop Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore, Primate of All Ireland, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Chancellor of the Pontifical University, Maynooth. 

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Felix M. Larkin

Felix M. Larkin is a former academic director of the Parnell Summer School, and a co-founder and former chairman of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland.

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Bruce Morrison

Bruce Andrew Morrison is a former Congressman from Connecticut and candidate for Governor of Connecticut. He is a lobbyist and immigration lawyer. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and an officer of the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee.

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Maurice Bric

Professor Maurice J. Bric is Professor of History at University College, Dublin and is the author of a number of works particularly on Daniel O’Connell.

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Ida Milne

Ida Milne is a social historian whose primary research interest lies in the history of infectious disease, looking at its impact on society in a world before vaccination, sanitary improvements and antibiotics.

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Seamus Mallon

Seamus Mallon is a former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

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Dr Thomas Groome

Dr Thomas Groome is a senior Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College and is the long-serving Director its PhD in Theology and Education.

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Ivana Bacik

Ivana Bacik is a barrister and Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin.

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Lee Chin

Lee Chin is an Irish hurler who plays for Wexford Senior Championship club Faythe Harriers and at inter-county level with the Wexford senior hurling.

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Conor Lenihan

Conor Lenihan had a 14 year career in government finishing up as Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation. In 2015 his book Haughey – Prince of Power published by Blackwater Press entered the Irish bestsellers list.

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Dick Spring

Dick Spring is an Irish businessman and former politician. He was a Labour Party Teachta Dála for the Kerry North from 1981 to 2002. He became leader of the Labour Party in 1982, and held this position until 1997. He served as Minister for the Environment, Minister for Energy and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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Ciara Kelly

Ciara Kelly is a broadcaster, journalist and doctor. She presents Lunchtime Live on Newstalk daily and is an award-winning columnist with the Sunday Independent.

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Joan Burton

Joan Burton TD is a very well-known Irish politician who has served her country as Leader of the Labour Party, Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and in a number of ministerial roles – most recently as Minister for Social Protection from 2011 to 2016.

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