Professor Luke Gibbons

Luke Gibbons, is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and formerly taught at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Dublin City University.  He has published widely on Irish culture, film, literature, and the visual arts, as well as on aesthetics and politics. His many …

Fr. Brendan Hoban

Brendan Hoban was born in Ballycastle, Co Mayo in 1948. He attended Ballycastle Boys¹ NS, St Muredach¹s College, Ballina and St Patrick¹s College, Maynooth before he was ordained for the diocese of Killala in 1973, where over the last 40 years he served in seven parishes and for a term as Communications Officer. Since 1980 he has written a weekly …

Dr. Ethna Regan

Dr. Ethna Regan is Head of the School of Theology in Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. She previously taught ethics and theology at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, where she lived for over a decade. A Holy Faith Sister, she worked with their Trinidadian non-governmental association, Credo Foundation for Justice, in a centre for socially displaced children …

Liz Wall

Liz Wall came into office as National President of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association in May 2012. She was elected to national leadership roles during the commencement of the modernization of the ICA and as well as holding the office of President she is also the Chair of Development (2007 to date) and has held many other leadership roles in the …

Mary O’Rourke

Mary O’Rourke is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. She is a former Teachta Dála (TD) for the Longford–Westmeath and Westmeath constituencies. She served as Minister for Education (1987–91), Minister for Health (1991–92) and Minister for Public Enterprise (1997–2002). She was also a member of Seanad Éireann from 2002–07. In 2011 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of …

Mark Patrick Hederman OBS

Mark Patrick Hederman is Abbot of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. A former headmaster of Glenstal Abbey School, he is author of a number of books, the two most recent being Underground Cathedrals, Columba Press, 2010 and Dancing with Dinosaurs, 2011. With a doctorate in the philosophy of education, Mark Patrick studied in Paris under Emmanual Levinas. With a reputation for …

Dr. Arnold Horner

Dr Arnold Horner has lectured in Geography at University College Dublin over many years. Specialising in the geography of Ireland and in the history of mapping in Ireland, he has written three books Mapping Offaly in the early nineteenth century (2005), Mapping Meath in the early nineteenth century (2006) and Mapping Sligo in the early nineteenth century (2011). These books …

Bill Golding

Bill Golding has enjoyed a wonderful reputation as one of Ireland’s finest actors and singers for half a century. His career has embraced hundreds of theatrical performances in major venues on both sides of the Atlantic. His repertoire includes many classics from Becket t to Shakespeare, to Arthur Miller and a list of definitive portrayals in roles including Oscar Wilde’s …

Canon Richard St L Broadberry

A former pupil of Wesley College, Dublin, and a graduate of Trinity College, he researched the Philosophy of Religious Language for an M Litt.  He has spent 57 years in the pastoral ministery in Ireland and England.  He has published a history of Christianity, 120 School Assemblies (mainly on world religions); and, more recently, a defence of religious language in …

Yvonne Pettitt

Yvonne Pettitt works as a freelance Art Historian and artist in Dublin. She holds a B.A. in Art History, a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration from U.C.D., and a M. Phil. in Irish Art History from T.C.D. Yvonne has lectured in the Percy French Festival and Summer School and has guided and lectured extensively as part of the Dublin City …

Brian Munn

Brian Munn has been an actor and broadcaster since the age of 12 years, when he played his first role in a BBC Drama production. He has worked in all areas of the business from stage actor to television game show host, from Radio Drama Producer with RTE, to film actor. In films, he has been husband to Helen Mirren, …

Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell began her harp studies with the late Sr. Eugene McCabe at Mount Sackville School in Dublin and later with Fiona Norwood, Sebastien Lipman, and masterclasses with the renowned harpist and teacher Edward Witsenberg. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Music in 1996. She also completed an ARIAM in Irish harp and LTCL in …