Notable Speakers

 
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sir Winston Churchill

Former British Prime Minister and Noble Prize laureate 

Desmond Tutu

Former Archbishop of Cape Town and South African social rights activist.

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William Butler yeats

Poet and Noble Prize in Literature laureate.

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Mary Robinson

First female President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is a Vice-President of the Hist.

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patti smith

Influential American Punk Rock singer-songwritter and poet.

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Rev. jesse Jackson

American civil rights actiivist and Baptist Minister.

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John Hume

Politician and Noble Prize laureate.

noam chomsky

Linguist, philosopher and Professor Emeritus at MIT.

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Deirdre McCloskey

Economist and Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Sir Patrick stewart

Acclaimed actor, OBE and knight for services to drama.

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Justice Antonin Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice and considered one of the most distinguished legal thinkers of his time

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Joseph Stiglitz

Former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank Nobel Prize laureate.

and hundreds more amazing guests that have walked through the doors of the society.

Former Members

Not only has the society been visited by countless guests and speakers, it has also produced some of the most influential people in the world. Below are just a handful of them:

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Theobald Wolfe Tone

ex-Auditor, Leading Irish revolutionary and founder of the Society of United Irishmen.

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oscar wilde

Renowned writer, known for his wit in his plays, poems, and novels, including The Picture of Dorian Gray

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robert emmet

Irish rebel leader, member of the United Irishmen and former member of the Hist.

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mary harney

ex-Auditor, Former Tánaiste, and first female auditor of the Hist.

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Bram stoker

ex-Auditor, Irish author best known for his gothic masterpiece Dracula

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ernest walton

ex-Vice President, renowned physicist Nobel laureate.

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Samuel beckett

ex-member, playwright and Nobel laureate, lecturer of English at Trinity College Dublin.

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THOMAS MOORE

Poet, singer and songwriter best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy.

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David O’Sullivan

ex-Auditor, Medallist, Ambassador of the EU to the US, former Secretary General of the European Commission, currently a Vice-President of the society.

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William Rowan Hamilton

Famous Irish physicist and mathematician, inventor of Hamiltonian Mechanics

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Douglas Hyde

Linguist, First President of Ireland

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Leo Varadkar

Current and youngest Taoiseach of Ireland