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Past Guest Speakers




Fiona Shaw CBE, actress


Hugo MacNeill


Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, Drink & Multisales


Kingsley Aikins, Founder and CEO of The Networking Institute


Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, broadcaster




Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the Confederation of British Industry


Mark Little, Irish Journalist, television presenter, author & ‘social media visionary’


Mr Adrian O’Neill, The Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom




Professor Louise Richardson FRSE, Vice Chancellor of Oxford University


Lynn Ruane, Irish Senator and political activist


Professor Jane Ohlmeyer MRIA


Sir Richard Lambert




Michael Marsh


Dr Margaret McMillan OC, Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford


Professor John Kelly, Professor of English and Emeritus Research Fellow of St John’s College Oxford


Lord Puttnam, Kt CBE HonFRSA HonFRPS MRIA




Hugo MacNeill, Chairman of the Irish Chapter of The Ireland Funds


Prof. Frances P. Ruane, Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin

Sir William  Sargent, CEO & Joint Founder of Framestore

Daniel Mulhall, HE The Ambassador of Ireland to UK




John Walsh, writer and commentator


Katharine Whitehorn, journalist, author and broadcaster


Sir Robert Rogers KCB, Clerk of the House of Commons


Seán Barrett, Irish economist and politician




Michael Bogdanov, international theatre director


Conor Burns MP


Willie Walsh (TCD 1992), CEO of International Airlines Group, a merger of British Airways and Iberia


Charles Lysaght, eminent Dubliner: a lawyer, author and journalist




Dr Patrick Prendergast (TCD 1987), Provost of Trinity College Dublin


The Hon Mr Justice Deeny (TCD 1973), High Court judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland


The Hon Desmond Guinness LLD


Prof Sebastian Balfour (TCD 1964), Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science




Lucinda Creighton TD, Minister of State for European Affairs


Hamish McRae, Associate Editor and principal economic commentator of The Independent


Prof Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society & Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London


Mary Harney TD, Minister for Health & Children, Dáil Éireann




Roy F Foster (TCD 1971) Carroll Professor of Irish History, Hertford College, Oxford and Ireland’s leading historian


Sir Thomas Harris CMG KBE Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Capital Markets Ltd.


Provost Dr John Hegarty (TCD) and Prof Dermot Kelleher (TCD) Head of TCD School of Medicine


The Rt. Hon. The Viscountess Bridgeman (Harriet Turton 1964) founder of the Bridgeman Art Library




Michael Longley, poet, winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and other prizes


Dr Ian Paisley MP MLA recent First Minister of N. Ireland and leader of the DUP


Charlie McCreevy, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services


Prof. Lord Ara Darzi KBE surgeon & Minister of Health




John Fingleton, CE Office of Fair Trading


Senator Shane Ross, Independent TCD Senator


Prof Dermot McAleese, Pro Chancellor TCD


Robert Fisk, journalist, The Independent




Frank Miller, Editor of The Irish Times, London edition


Lord Smith of Clifton, formerly Vice Chancellor University of Ulster


Jennifer Johnston, writer


Dr Garret FitzGerald,  former Taoiseach




Ruth Dudley Edwards, journalist


Prof John Hegarty, Provost of TCD


H.E. Daithi O’Ceallaigh, Irish Ambassador


Prof Ivana Bacik, Reid Professor of Criminal Law TCD