Every speaker from all our festivals since the first in 2017 will soon be listed below, showing the range of contributors we have been lucky enough to attract.
Dr Aoife Bhreatnach is an independent scholar and contract researcher with strong research expertise in Irish social and cultural history.
Professor Nigel Biggar has been Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford since 2007 and is also Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life.
Dr Andy Bielenberg is a Senior Lecturer in the School of History at UCC.
Sean Boyne is a writer and retired journalist and a former political correspondent with The Sunday World.
John Bruton served as Taoiseach from 1994-1997 and was deeply involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process, leading to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Dr Brian Coghlan is an academic of the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Marie Coleman is Reader in modern Irish History at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.
Professor Claire Connolly is Professor of Modern English at UCC.
Professor Linda Connolly is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute.
Michael Dobbs is a British politician and author, best known for his House of Cards trilogy.
John Dorney is an independent historian and chief editor and writer of the Irish Story website.
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Ruth Dudley Edwards is a writer and historian, who has written for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in both countries, and on the BBC World Service.
Daisy Goodwin is a British writer and TV producer, creator and writer of the TV series Victoria. Her great, great, great grandfather Robert Traill was rector of Schull during the Famine.
Fergal Keane is an Irish foreign correspondent and author, who has worked for many years for BBC News.
Mary Kenny is a journalist, author and broadcaster in England and Ireland. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines over the course of her career.
Robert Harris is a retired architect, based in West Cork and co-writer – with Finola Finlay – of the arts and culture blog Roaringwater Journal.
Professor John Horne is emeritus Fellow and former Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin.
Lar Joye is Port Heritage Director at Dublin Port, and was previously a senior curator at the National Museum of Ireland.
Professor Liam Kennedy is Emeritus Professor of history at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Dr Sylvie Kleinman has taught courses on French and Irish history, and held an IRC postdoc grant in Trinity College.
Dr Donal Lowry is a Senior Member of Regent’s Park College in the University of Oxford
Flor MacCarthy is a broadcast journalist who presents political debates on Oireachtas TV (Irish parliamentary TV).
Cauvery Madhavan was born in India and moved to Ireland thirty three years ago. She is the author of three books of fiction – Paddy Indian, The Uncoupling and The Tainted.
Dr Edward Madigan in Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Dr Ida Milne is a social historian, currently European History Lecturer at Carlow College.
Dan Mulhall is the Irish Republic’s representative to the United States.
Professor Thomas O’Connor is professor in history at National University of Ireland Maynooth.
Professor Eunan O’Halpin was Professor of Contemporary Irish History at Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History (1762) at Trinity College Dublin.
Patricia O’Sullivan is a music teacher and historian with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Hong Kong, where she lives for part of the year.
Professor David Reynolds is Professor of International History (Emeritus) at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ’s College.
Miriam Ui Dhonnabhain
Miriam Uí Dhonnabháin is an Irish language scholar and singer with a particular interest in the amhrán tradition and the manuscript culture of the period 1650-1895.
Brian M. Walker, Professor Emeritus of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.
Dr Claire Warrior is a Senior Curator at London’s Royal Museums Greenwich, and was one of the curators of the recent Polar Worlds gallery.
Dr Briony Widdis is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics in Queen’s University Belfast.