Hall Of Fame

Here’s a year-by-year list of all those who’ve spoken at Banter and Banter-related events. We’d just be talking to ourselves if it wasn’t for these brilliant people who’ve contributed to making Banter what it is today. Thanks to all of them, collectively and individually.

Every successful long-running project needs a team and we’ve had some brilliant people working on Banter over the years. Huge respect is due to Eoin Cregan (producer), Jack Gibson (producer), Molly King (Banter at Other Voices producer) and Tanya White (podcast producer) who have worked on this thing over the years.

We’d also like to say a huge thanks to the following people who have hosted brilliant Banter-associated¬†events over the years:¬†Sinead Gleeson and Anna Carey at The Anti Room,¬†¬†Gerry Godley at Hot Potatoes, Aoife McElwain at Slow Series, Ann Lowney at The Makers Stories, Claire Howlin and the Media +¬†Entertainment Psychology Lab, This Greedy Pig, Lois Kapila at Dublin Inquirer,¬†Ali Kelly at Nu.Ethical,¬†Aoife Barry,¬†Richard Brophy,¬†Una Mullally,¬†Michael Moynihan, Gavin Cummiskey,¬†Emmet Malone,¬†Mick O’Keeffe,¬†Marian Keyes, Jeanne Sutton¬†and √Āine N√≠ Bhreisle√°in.

And a massive thanks is also due to the many festival and event organisers who have invited us to bring the Banter bandwagon along to their happenings up and down the country and out foreign too.


Gavan Reilly (Virgin Media News, Newstalk), Eamon Ryan (leader, The Green Party), Una Mullally (Banter legend), Carole Coleman (RT√Č), Susan McKay (journalist and author), Caelainn Hogan (author, Republic Of Shame), Jennifer Cassidy (Oxford University), Conor O’Mahony (UCC and¬†Special Rapporteur on Child Protection),¬†Paul Geaney (Kerry footballer), Andrea Horan (United Ireland podcast and Tropical Popical), Saoirse McHugh (The Green Party),¬†Sinead O’Carroll¬†(editor, The Journal),¬†Marion McKeone (journalist, commentator, barrister, broadcaster, documentary maker and bull-rider), Louie Ryan (Temple Bar Concepts), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (musician), Karl Whitney (author),¬†Ian Maleney¬†(author), Hannah Tyrrell (Ireland women’s rugby international),¬†Gina Akpe-Moses (athlete), Hugh Linehan (The Irish Times), Aoife Barry (The Journal), Maria Murphy (Maynooth University),¬†Olivia Lichenstein (film-maker), Seamus Hennessy (All Ireland hurling winner and mental health activist)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Dowry, Anderson, Sorcha Richardson, Rachael Lavelle, Méabh Ní Bheaglaioch, Matt Griffin, Aoife Granville and friends


Christine Bohan¬†(The Journal),¬†Conor Behan¬†(GCN columnist, DJ, radio presenter, freelancer writer and pop music enthusiast),¬†Jeanne Sutton¬†(writer),¬†David Kenny¬†(Professor of¬†Constitutional Law at Trinity College Dublin), Tony Connelly (RT√Č’s Europe Editor),¬†Carole Cadwalladr¬†(The Observer),¬†Annie Mac (BBC Radio One),¬†Pat Collins (film-maker),¬†Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teac Damsa),¬†Ellen Coyne (The Times Ireland),¬†Maeve O‚ÄôRourke¬†(human rights lawyer),¬†Amy O‚ÄôConnor (journalist),¬†Alison Spittle (comedian), Johnny Rogan (author and writer), Sonya Lennon¬†(Dress for Success),¬†Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee¬†(Chair of¬†the cross-party parliamentary group on workplace equality),¬†Mark Paul¬†(business¬†affairs correspondent with¬†The Irish Times),¬†Deborah Somorin¬†(founder¬†Empower the Familyand Senior Associate at PwC),¬†Aoibheann O‚ÄôBrien (Foodcloud), Peter McVerry (Peter McVerry Trust), Jess Majekodunmi (Accenture), Margaret E Ward (Clear Ink),¬†Brian ‚ÄúB+‚ÄĚ Cross (hip-hop photographer, writer and film-maker), Rory O‚ÄôNeill¬†(Panti Bliss, Queen of Ireland), Stuart O‚ÄôKeeffe¬†(celebrity chef), Mick Kiely (Xhail), Brian Kerr (football pundit, co-commentator, former football manger Republic Of Ireland and Banter legend), Sin√©ad Gleeson (Sin√©ad Gleeson),¬†Una Mullally (Una Mullally),¬†Eithne Shortall¬†(author and journalist),¬†Caoilinn Hughes¬†(author Orchid & The Wasp), Lois Kapila¬†(editor,¬†Dublin Inquirer),¬†Richie Oakley¬†(editor,¬†The Times Ireland),¬†Christine Bohan¬†(acting editor, The Journal), Andrea Horan (Tropical Popical¬†and¬†Don‚Äôt Stop Repealin‚Äô podcast), Senator Ivana Bacik (Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology¬†at TCD), Emilie Pine (author Notes to Self and¬†Associate Professor in Modern Drama¬†at UCD), Deike Potzel¬†(German Ambassador to¬†Ireland),¬†Hannah Deasy¬†(Communications Director at the Institute of International and European Affairs),¬†Karen Devine¬†(Lecturer in International Relations & EU politics at DCU),¬†Jack Good¬†(Paddy Wants To Know Brexit¬†podcast), Fuchsia MacAree (illustator), Ruth McGowan¬†(festival director of¬†Dublin Fringe), John Connell¬†(author¬†The Cow Book),¬†Paul and Phil Hartnoll (Orbital), Eoin McDevitt (Second Captains), Harry Colley (With Relish), Aoife Allen (With Relish), Alacoque McAlpine (DIT),¬†Grace Enemaku¬†(Enemkau),¬†Katriona¬†Flynn¬†(DIT), James Fagan¬†(Coffee & Kicks),¬†Sinead O’Shea (director A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot),¬†David Burke¬†(Editor,¬†The Tuam Herald),¬†David Lynch¬†(Editor,¬†Dundalk Democrat), Stephanie Costello¬†(Centre for Critical Media Literacy, DIT), Lois Kapila¬†(Editor, Dublin Inquirer),¬†Jeanne Sutton¬†(writer, former deputy editor of STELLAR magazine and currently completing a MSc in Science Communication¬†in DCU while working in non-profit communications), Emily Carson¬†(Body & Soul festival,¬†Dublin Digital Radio and freelance writer and marketer),¬†Sin√©ad Mercier¬†(primary researcher for the Green Party, a SIPTU just transition activist and a member of Not Here, Not¬†Anywhere grassroots group),¬†Rachel Watters¬†(Belfast-based reproductive justice activist, student and Deputy Chair of Project Choice at Queen‚Äôs University Belfast Students‚Äô¬†Union and Women‚Äôs Officer of NUS-USI),¬†Subset (artists and activists),¬†Cian O‚ÄôBrien¬†(Project Arts Centre), Grace Dyas¬†(playwright and activist), Kelly-Anne Byrne (DJ), Dave Tynan (director Dublin Oldschool), Daniel Lambert (Bohemian FC¬†strategy and marketing dude), PJ Gallagher¬†(Bohs’ fan), Brian MacCraith (President, DCU),¬†Caroline McCamley¬†(business consultant and executive director of Ampersand),¬†Claire Hyland (Thinkhouse), Paul Noonan (Bell X1),¬†Niamh O‚ÄôSullivan¬†(Professor Emeritus at National College of Art and Design and curator of¬†Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger),¬†Gillian O‚ÄôBrien¬†(historian at Liverpool John Moores University),¬†Brian Maguire¬†(artist), Ailbhe Smith¬†(Co-Director of Together For Yes and Convenor of Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment),¬†Sarah Robinson¬†(UCC School of Psychology PhD candidate and current¬†Irish Research Council awardee),¬†Alison O‚ÄôConnor¬†(journalist, columnist and broadcaster),¬†S√≠ona Cahill¬†(incoming president Union Of Students In Ireland),¬†Claire Byrne¬†(Dublin city councillor),¬†Lorcan Sirr¬†(School of Real Estate and Construction Economics at the Dublin Institute of¬†Technology),¬†Colin Harmon¬†(3FE), Claire Howlin (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Brendan Rooney (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Darragh Lynch¬†(Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Nicola Hamilton (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Kevin¬†Curran (Professor of Cyber Security at the University Of Ulster), Ciara O’Brien (technology journalist The Irish Times), John McDonald (senior lecturer at¬†Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University),¬†Martina Devlin¬†(writer¬†and¬†columnist at The Irish Independent),¬†John Gibney¬†(Royal Irish Academy historian¬†and author of¬†Dublin ‚Äď A New Illustrated History),¬†Diarmaid Ferriter¬†(Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, author, broadcaster and¬†columnist at The Irish Times), Myles Campbell (curator, Dublin Castle),¬†Noeline Blackwell¬†(Chief Executive of the¬†Dublin Rape Crisis Centre),¬†Ellen Coyne¬†(senior Ireland journalist with¬†The Times Ireland Edition),¬†Simone George¬†(consultant litigator and¬†advocate), Caroline McCamley¬†(business consultant and executive director of¬†Ampersand),¬†Claudine Chen¬†(cycling advocate, Dublin¬†Cycling Campaign),¬†Jason Taylor¬†(principal author of the¬†Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets),¬†Jim Waldron¬†(National Private Hire & Taxi Association),¬†Cilian Fennell¬†(Sti√ļrth√≥ir,¬†Stillwater Communications), Hannah N√≠ Bhaoill (eagra√≠¬†F√©ile na Geala√≠),¬†Osgur √ď Ciardha¬†(comhbhunaitheoir¬†Pop Up Gaeltacht), Sin√©ad N√≠ Uallach√°in¬†(craolt√≥ir le¬†RT√Č Raidi√≥ na Gaeltachta), Johann Hari (author and journalist), ¬†Barry Hyde (musician)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Barry Hyde, Síobhra Quinlan, Annalisa Monticelli, Slow Moving Clouds, A Smyth, Cormac Begley, Dowry, Aoife Ní Bhríain


Brian Deady (musician), Sonya Kelly (writer and actor), Debbie Mulhall¬†(Community Development Worker in Dolphin House),¬†Michelle Norris¬†(Head of the School of the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD),¬†Ali Grehan¬†(City Architect, Dublin City Council),¬†Hugh Brennan¬†(CEO,¬†√ď Cualann Cohousing Alliance), Oonagh Murphy¬†(theatre director),¬†Catherine Sanz¬†(reporter at The Times Ireland Edition),¬†Gavin Sheridan¬†(CEO¬†Vizlegal), Caitl√≠n Nic Gabhann & Ciar√°n √ď Maonaigh (musicians), Una Mullally (Banter superstar), Luke O‚ÄôNeill (chair of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin and one of the world‚Äôs leading immunologists), Sarah McBriar (founder of the¬†AVA¬†electronic music festival in Belfast), Enda Walsh (playwright), Geoff Travis & Jeannette Lee (Rough Trade Records), John Mulholland (The Observer¬†editor and Acting Editor of¬†The Guardian US), Emer Reynolds (film-maker, The Farthest), Nathalie Marquez Courtney (photographer, editor and writer),¬†Aoife McElwain (food writer and creative events planner),¬†Dean Van Nguyen (journalist),¬†Dr Sandra McNulty (psychologist) Leah McCourt¬†(IMMAF European & World Champion),¬†Phil Campbell¬†(MMA fighter),¬†Danny Corr¬†(MMA World Governing Body Coaching Committee, chairman¬†Ulster Amateur MMA¬†and founder of MMA Youth Development programmes), Honourable Ms. Justice Marie Baker¬†(The High Court),¬†Dr David Kenny¬†(Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity College Dublin),¬†Ruadh√°n Mac Cormaic¬†(author of¬†The Supreme Court¬†and Irish Times Foreign Affairs Correspondent), Sahar Ali¬†(poet, actor and performer),¬†Dr Eileen Hogan¬†(lecturer in social policy at University College Cork),¬†Executive Steve¬†(Dubs Against Racism¬†and¬†Raidi√≥ Na Life DJ), Peter Feeney¬†(Press Ombudsman of Ireland and¬†formerly head of broadcast compliance at RT√Č and editor of current affairs television at RT√Č),¬†Diarmaid Mac Aonghusa¬†(managing director of web and app development company¬†Fusio),¬†Paloma¬†Viejo Otero¬†(PhD student at Dublin City University researching hate speech and social media),¬†Lois Kapila¬†(founder and managing editor of¬†Dublin Inquirer), Paschal Donohoe (Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure), Michael Darragh MacAuley¬†(Dublin GAA footballer), Philly McMahon¬†(theatre-maker, Thisispopbaby, Riot etc), Darach √ď S√©aghdha¬†(The Irish For¬†and the¬†Motherfocl√≥ir book¬†and¬†podcast), Ronan Brady¬†(physical artist, performer and former Roscomon footballer), Ellie Kisyombe (Our Table activist), Marty Morrissey¬†(RT√Č Sports reporter, commentator and broadcaster), Sin√©ad N√≠ Uallachain (Raidi√≥ na Gaeltachta broadcaster), Sarah Davis-Goff¬†(Tramp Press),¬†Ken Allen¬†(Faction Records),¬†Jenny Jennings¬†(Thisispopbaby, Riot etc), Ruth Fitzmaurice (author, I Found My Tribe), Aoife Dooley (illustrator, writer and comedian),¬†¬†Gavin Boyd¬†(Rainbow Project),¬†Ellen Murray¬†(trans youth worker and activist), Colin Harmon¬†(3FE), Conor Duggan (Box Burger),¬†Sandy Wyer¬†(Forest Avenue), Claire Howlin (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Brendan Rooney (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Darragh Lynch¬†(Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab),¬†Nicola Hamilton (Media + Entertainment Psychology Lab), Larry Heard (legend), Rusangano Family (musicians), Emer McLysaght¬†&¬†Sarah Breen (authors, Oh My God What A Complete Aisling), Robert Webb (writer and comedian), Mark Roper (poet), Niall Hatch (Birdwatch Ireland),¬†Grace Garde (educator), Claire Byrne¬†(Dublin city councillor),¬†Philip Judge (author and actor),¬†Adrienne Hanna¬†(Right Revenue),¬†Kevin¬†Curran (Professor of Cyber Security at the University Of Ulster),¬†Philip Brady¬†(EMEA Leadership Development, Executive Coach and Facilitator,¬†Citibank), Annie Atkins¬†(graphic designer and prop maker extraordinaire for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bridge Of Spies and many more),¬†Colin Murphy¬†(journalist and playwright The¬†Guarantee, Inside The GPO etc),¬†Radie Peat¬†(musician and singer with Lankum and Rue), Jenny Greene (2fm DJ), Rosemary Mac Cabe¬†(blogger and journalist),¬†Daniel Davey (performance nutrionist with the Dublin senior footballers and Leinster rugby players,¬†TV3‚Äôs Doctor In the House¬†and co-founder of online nutrition site¬†FoodFlicker),¬†Maeve McGann (Skerries Tidy Towns Committee),¬†Anne Doyle¬†(Skerries Tidy Towns Committee),¬†Maeve O‚ÄôNeill (gardener),¬†Alan Rudden (gardener),¬†Gerald Fleming (Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann),¬†Karina Buckley (RTE), Mairead Lavery (Irish Country Living editor), Tara McCarthy (Bord Bia CEO), JP McMahon (Aniar, Cava, Food On the Edge), Niamh Shaw¬†(Irish scientist, engineer, performer, artist and astronaut), Brian Burke¬†(gardener), Don Conroy (artist), Cathy Davey (My Lovely Horse Rescue), Roz Evans¬†(Phibsboro Cat Rescue),¬†Catriona Birt¬†(Dogs Trust), Elaine Keane (Director of Clinical Services at¬†TLC Nursing Homes),¬†Sinead Grennan (CEO¬†Sonas apc),¬†Catherine Cleary (restaurant critic and food writer),¬†Niall Maxwell¬†(gardener),¬†T√ľnde Szentesi¬†(gardener), Neven Maguire (chef), Aoife Hearne¬†(Operation Transformation dietician), Peter Mulryan¬†(Blackwater Distillery),¬†James McKenna¬†(Listoke Gin),¬†Keith Malone¬†(Mor Gin), Kevin Donnellan¬†(UK editor,¬†Storyful),¬†Lois Kapila¬†(co-founder and managing editor,¬†Dublin Inquirer),¬†Jane Suiter¬†(School of Communications DCU¬†and Director of the¬†Institute for Future¬†Media and Journalism),¬†Cathal McMahon¬†(Irish Independent), Brian McGinn (Chef‚Äôs Table), Michelle Darmody¬†(Our Table),¬†Ellie Kisyombe¬†(Our Table), Vytenis Andriukaitis (EU Commissioner), Valerie Loftus (The Daily Edge), Stefanie Preissner (writer),¬†Bill Malone (TV3¬†director of programming), Patrick Kinsella (TV3 Head of AFP),¬†Stephen Donnelly (Fianna Fail TD), Dorothy Cross (artist),¬†Aoibheann O‚ÄôBrien (co-founder and CEO of¬†FoodCloud), Alan Simms (Shine),¬†Finn N√≠ Fhaol√°in (blogger, surfer, chef and author),¬†Kevin Cavey (the grandfather of Irish surfing),¬†Olan O‚ÄôBrien (All City record label and shop),¬†Justin ‚ÄúJC‚ÄĚ Coghlan (co-founder Movember),¬†Lucia Griggi (photographer),¬†Matt Smith (Backwash Magazine¬†and the¬†Moy Hill Community Garden¬†in Lahinch, Co Clare), Michael Moynihan (The Irish Examiner), Rachael English (novelist and presenter of RTE Radio One‚Äôs Morning Ireland), Eimear Ryan¬†(writer and co-editor Banshee literary journal) Kieran Cunningham¬†(chief sportswriter, Irish Daily Star). Crist√≠n Leach (art critic, Sunday Times Ireland), Ian Maleney (writer and critic), Graham McLaren (director of the Abbey Theatre) Nadine O’Regan¬†(arts editor, Sunday Business Post), Tara Flynn (actress, comedian and writer), Dave Lordan¬†(writer, poet and dramatist) Derek O’Connor¬†(RTE.ie Culture editor), Fachtna O’Ceallaigh (music manager), Richard Curran (journalist and broadcaster), Alison Curtis (Today FM), Aoife Barry¬†(The Journal),¬†Ellen Tannam¬†(writer and podcaster¬†HeadStuff,¬†RTE¬†etc),¬†Conor Behan¬†(DJ¬†and writer),¬†Mark Smyth¬†(senior clinical psychologist), Katie Richardson¬†(musician),¬†Fergal McFerran¬†(president,¬†NUS-USI),¬†Tara Connolly¬†(chairperson,¬†NI Youth Forum),¬†Callum Curry¬†(entrepreneur and founder of¬†SUSSD),¬†Ellie & Louise McNamara¬†(Heathers),¬†Frances Roe¬†(Jam Jar Jail),¬†Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films and¬†ex-TCD Ents Officer), Suzanne Rhatigan (singer),¬†Peter Jones¬†(Paranoid Visions), Peter Devlin (musician, producer and broadcaster),¬†Rosemary Mac Cabe (blogger and journalist),¬†Tara O’Farrell (make-up artist, blogger and model),¬†James Kavanagh (Snapchat superstar, Currabinny food¬†company), Holly Shortall (New/Slang), Paul Kimmage (sportswriter and author)

Musical performers at Banter during the year:¬†Maria Kelly,¬†Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker,¬†Caitl√≠n Nic Gabhann & Ciar√°n √ď Maonaigh, Roe,¬†Daithi, Tadgh,¬†Caoimh√≠n √ď Raghallaigh,¬†Eve Belle, Goldie Fawn


Fintan O‚ÄôToole¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Anna Cosgrave¬†(Repeal Project¬†campaign founder),¬†Elaine Buckley¬†(Fair Game¬†podcast), Emmet Condon¬†(Homebeat¬†and¬†Another Love Story),¬†Dr Suzanne O‚ÄôSullivan (neurologist and author of¬†It‚Äôs All In Your Head, the winner of¬†the Wellcome Book Prize¬†2016),¬†Catherine Murphy (Kildare North TD and¬†Social Democrats‚Äô¬†co-founder), Paul Howard (author),¬†Aoife Kelleher (documentary maker), Aideen Barry (artist),¬†Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times‚Äô chief arts writer and author),¬†Aoibheann McNamara (Ard Bia restaurant¬†and¬†The Tweed Project), Justin Burgess (Bean In Dingle), Shane Finn (WK Fitness), Cormac Begley (Airt),¬†Marian Goodell (Burning Man), Bill James (baseball writer, historian, and statistician), Bruce Pavitt (Sub Pop founder), Nikki Dryden (human rights lawyer, activist and Olympic swimmer), Allison Wagner (Olympic swimming silver medalist), Paul Tighe (adjunct secretary to The Vatican’s¬†Pontifical Council for Culture)¬†Michael Shamberg (film producer and BuzzFeed Motion Pictures advisor), Bradley Tusk (CEO of Tusk Holdings, Uber‚Äôs first political consultant and Michael Bloomberg‚Äôs former campaign manager), Eithne Shortall¬†(The Sunday Times),¬†Sive Bresnihan¬†(Dublin Tenants Association),¬†Lorcan Sirr¬†(School of Real Estate and Construction Economics at the Dublin Institute of¬†Technology), Mandy Meredith¬†(Associate Director,¬†Sherry FitzGerald Lettings), M√≠che√°l √ď Muircheartaigh (legend), Vlad Sepetov (Kendrick Lamar designer), Nick Gazin (Vice‚Äôs art editor and illustrator and Run the Jewels’ designer), Paul Diddy (art director Luaka Bop Records)¬†Tim Moore (writer), Carole Coleman¬†(RTE reporter and¬†former Washington correspondent),¬†Dr Karen Devine¬†(International¬†Relations, School of Law¬†& Government, DCU),¬†TJ Mulloy¬†(Chair of Democrats Abroad¬†Ireland),¬†Una Mullally¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Lois Kapila¬†(co-founder and managing¬†editor¬†Dublin Inquirer),¬†Blindboy Boatclub¬†(The Rubberbandits),¬†Dr¬†John Gibney¬†(TCD¬†School of History author and historian and education and outreach officer¬†Glasnevin Trust), Mark O‚ÄėHalloran (writer, Viva),¬†Veda (drag queen), Pixie Woo¬†(drag queen),¬†George Clinton (funk legend), Mattress Mick (the don of bedding),¬†Tony Kearns (film editor and photographer),¬†Brendan Carty (Feel Good Lost video maker),¬†Hugh O‚ÄôConor (director),¬†Dave Tynan (director),¬†Mike Donnelly¬†(director), Eddie Otchere (hip-hop photographer), Gemma O‚ÄôDoherty (investigative journalist), Lois Kapila (Dublin Inquirer managing editor),¬†Niamh Kirk (DCU School of Communications PhD researcher and Institute for Future Media and Journalism member), Aoife McElwain (Slow Series),¬†Ronan Hession¬†(civil servant and musician),¬†Michelle Darmody¬†(owner of¬†Cake Cafe¬†and¬†Slice),¬†Leisha McGrath¬†(organisational psychologist), Ann Lowney (The Makers Stories), Peter Walsh (freediver), Danny Wang (DJ), Blindboy Boatclub (Rubberbandits), Steve McCarthy (illustrator),¬†Declan O‚ÄôDonnell (architect),¬†Fuchsia Macaree (illustrator),¬†Rob Mirolo (designer), Roisin Agnew (journalist, writer and editor), Dominique McMullan¬†(Irish Times fashion writer),¬†Rosie O‚ÄôReilly¬†(Creative Director at Re-dress and founder of We Are Islanders),¬†Annique Van Niekerk¬†(sustainable fashion¬†designer),¬†Rebecca Winckworth¬†(founder of White & Green Fairtrade Cotton brand),¬†Yvonne O‚ÄôCallaghan (SIPTU), Ali Kelly¬†(Nu.Ethical), Dave Morrissey¬†(Facebook),¬†Aaron Chalke¬†(Mediaworks), Cara McAuley¬†(Starcom), Claire Howlin (Psychology Society of Ireland‚Äôs SIGMAC group),¬†Brendan Rooney (Psychology Society of Ireland‚Äôs SIGMAC group),¬†Derek Laffan (Psychology Society of Ireland‚Äôs SIGMAC group),¬†Nicola Hamilton (Psychology Society of Ireland‚Äôs SIGMAC group), Christian Harris¬†(managing director of Deezer UK and Ireland),¬†Eoghan McDermott¬†(2fm DJ), ¬†Angela Dorgan¬†(CEO, First Music Contact), Bressie (musician, singer and mental health activist), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (musician),¬†Steve Davis¬†(DJ and snooker legend), Tommy Tiernan (comedian), John Lillis (MynameisJohn/Rusangano Family), Nessa McGann (programme controller, Spin South West), Ciar√°n Ryan (Out On A Limb Records, documentary maker), Dr Shaun O’Boyle (Science Gallery, Dublin Maker, Maurice & Shaun), Amanda Webb (Spider Working), Dr Kenneth McKenzie (Strategic Planning Director with Target McConnells),¬†Eric Narioo¬†(founder¬†Les Caves de Pyrene),¬†Pascal Rossignol¬†(owner,¬†Le Caveau Wine Merchants),¬†Julie Dupouy¬†(sommelier, third place¬†Association de la Sommellerie Internationale¬†world championships),¬†John Wilson¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Shane Murphy¬†(La Rousse Wines), Gerald Fleming¬†(Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann),¬†Mary Fogarty¬†(The Cottage, Loughmore, Co Tipperary),¬†Maeve O‚ÄôHair¬†(The Cottage, Loughmore, Co Tipperary),¬†Marion Keogh (Bloom Fringe),¬†R√≥is√≠n de Buitl√©ar¬†(Bloom Fringe), John Fagan (Big Week On the Farm), Dr Eddie Murphy (Operation Transformation),¬†Justin McCarthy¬†(editor Farmers Journal),¬†¬†Aoife Ryan¬†(Retail In Motion), Diarmuid Murphy (brand manager, Dunnes Stores), James Watson (Food Director, Dunnes Stores), Derek Murphy (food service manager, Topaz), Anna Marie McHugh (National¬†Ploughing Championships), Mark Moriarty (chef),¬†Niamh Bushnell¬†(Dublin Commissioner for Startups),¬†Maureen Gahan¬†(Bord Bia),¬†Dr¬†Arlene Crampsie (UCD School of¬†Geography),¬†Fiann √ď Nuall√°in (The Holistic Gardener), Aran McMahon (Cafe Rua),¬†David Flynn (The Happy Pear), Stephen Flynn (The Happy Pear),¬†Sarah Keogh¬†(Eatwell), Patrick Deeley (writer) Brian Burke (gardener), Alison Cowzer (Dragons Den), Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House & Cookery School), Darragh McCullough (Ear to the Ground, Farming Independent), Philip Boucher Hayes (RTE radio and TV reporter and presenter), Suzanne Campbell (food and farming author, journalist and producer),¬†Steve Lock¬†(Grassometer),¬†John¬†Larkin¬†(Moocall), Dr Erin Tiedeken¬†(All-Ireland Pollinator Plan), Peter McVerry (social justice activist and campaigner), Colin Harmon (3FE), Barry Kavanagh (Social Farming Ireland),¬†Hugh Scully¬†(festival director at¬†Interlude, owner¬†Coppa¬†and RFID and event technology representative),¬†Jonny Boyle¬†(Strategic Director at¬†Modern Green),¬†Yotam Ottolenghi (chef, cookery writer and restaurant owner), Jess Murphy¬†(Kai, Galway),¬†John Farrell¬†(Dillingers, The Butchers Grill, Super Miss Sue, Luna, 777 etc, Dublin),¬†Seamus Sheridan¬†(Sheridans Cheesemongers),¬†Hilary Quinn¬†(Dublin Doughnut Co),¬†Sally McKenna¬†(John & Sally McKenna‚Äôs Guides), Steve Leighton¬†(Hasbean Coffee, London),¬†Colin Harmon¬†(3FE, Dublin),¬†Joanna Alm¬†(Drop Coffee, Stockholm), Marc Kingston (The Golden Bean, Cork), Fingal Ferguson¬†(farmer, charcutier, cheese maker, butcher and knife maker),¬†John Relihan¬†(Holy Smoke, Cork and Duagh BBQ Festival), Andy Noonan¬†(Big Grill festival), Susan Daly¬†(editor,¬†The Journal),¬†Richie Oakley¬†(editor,¬†The Times Ireland edition),¬†Vincent Murphy¬†(editor,¬†Morning Ireland,¬†RTE Radio One), Neneh Cherry¬†(musician and singer), John Lillis (Rusangano Family), Murli (Rusangano Family), God Knows (Rusangano Family),¬†Philip King (RTE South Wind Blows, RTE Radio One), Donal Dineen (DJ and broadcaster), Kelly-Ann Byrne (Today FM and TXFM DJ),¬†Colin Hart¬†(founder and creative director of independent ad agency¬†The Public House),¬†Sam Bishop¬†(manager of¬†Happenings¬†and founder of¬†Street Feast¬†and¬†Granby Park), Aine O‚ÄôMahony¬†(marketing and event management consultant), ¬†Barry Andrews (GOAL chief executive), Jane-Ann McKenna (M√©decins Sans Fronti√®res Ireland¬†director), Mary Russell (writer and author), Ian Dempsey (Today FM), Tom Lyons (Sunday Business Post),¬†Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact),¬†Bren Byrne (founder Offset festival),¬†Colm Keegan (founder Lingo festival),¬†Penny Hart (producer RTE Radio One),¬†Laurence Mackin (arts editor The Irish Times),¬†Niall Byrne (Nialler9),¬†Dave Morrissey (Facebook),¬†Amy Herron (Irish Writers Centre),¬†Sinead O‚ÄôCarroll¬†(News Editor, TheJournal.ie),¬†Hugh Linehan¬†(Culture Editor, The Irish Times), Jane Suiter¬†(DCU School of Communications and Institute for Future Media and¬†Journalism),¬†Jenny Keogh¬†(photographer, film-maker and director of Story Bud?),¬†Aoife Dooley¬†(Dublin Hun¬†creator and illustrator), Derek O‚ÄôConnor (writer and film-maker), Willie Thorne (snooker legend)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Caoimh√≠n √ď Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley, Ailbhe Reddy, Jealous of the Birds, Jack O’Rourke,¬†All Tvvins, Elaine Mai,¬†Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Rusangano Family,¬†Ailie Blunnie,¬†Paul Noonan


Kathy Sheridan (The Irish Times), Grainne Healy (co-director Yes Equality campaign), Zo√ę Comyns (independent radio producer and founder New Normal Culture),¬†Donal Lunny (musician and producer), Una Mullally (journalist, author, activist and broadcaster), Nadine O’Regan (arts editor Sunday Business Post and broadcaster TXFM), Jean Curran¬†(photographer), Eoin √ď Broin (Sinn Fein councillor and strategist), Conor Horgan (film-maker), Katie Holly (Blinder Films producer), John Potter (musician), Linda Buckley (composer), Benedit Schlepper-Connolly (Ergodos record label director), Tony Sheehan (Triskel Cork artistic director), Brian McMahon (Brand New Retro), Joe Collins (Brand New Retro), Sinead Kenny (Brand New Retro),¬†Vincent Hogan (chief sportswriter, The Irish Independent), John Leonard (author Dub Sub Confidential), Mairead Lavery¬†(Farmer’s Journal, Irish Country Living),¬†Sarah Duggan¬†(Little Green Grocer Shop), Keith Bohanna (Bia Beag),¬†Ken Ecock¬†(Oceanpath, Dunns Seafare),¬†Frances Walsh¬†(The Honest Project),¬†Caroline Seale¬†(Discover Nutrition),¬†Colin Jephson (Ardkeen Quality Food Stores),¬†Declan Furlong (chef), Colin Greensmith (Pallas Foods), Blathnaid Bergin¬†(The Restaurant Advisor),¬†Dalton Greene¬†(Canteen Limerick),¬†Paul Williams¬†(Canteen Limerick),¬†Tommy Cooke¬†(farmer, Teagasc board member and¬†member of the national council of ICMSA),¬†Rod Calder-Potts¬†(Highbank Organic Orchards & Farm),¬†Patrick Lydon¬†(Camphill Callan), Mag Kirwan (Goatsbridge Trout Farm), Jessica Hopper (Pitchfork senior editor, Pitchfork Review editor-in-chief and author), Tonie Walsh (DJ and activist), Conor Behan (DJ and journalist), Will St Leger (artist, DJ and activist), Mimi Rouge (Partie Monster), Roisin Ingle (The Irish Times), Lisa Farrelly (Abbey Theatre), Ken Early (Second Captains), Andrew Mangan (Castaway Media),¬†Levi Roots (musician, chef and Reggae Reggae Sauce man), Billy Scurry (DJ and chef), DJ Yoda (DJ and Austens Smokehouse), DJ BBQ (DJ and broadcaster), Andre de Luca (Boss BBQ, Sao Paulo), Catherine Cleary (Irish Times restaurant reviewer), Aoife McElwain (Forkful), Tyson Ho (Arrogant Swine, New York), Tom Gleeson (Bunsen Burger), Kellie Hasbury (Grillstock),¬†Barry McNerney¬†(Juniors, Paulie’s Pizza, The Old Spot, Lotts & Co),¬†Cameron Wallace¬†(Eight Degrees), Caroline Hennessy (journalist, broadcaster and co-author “Sl√°inte – The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider), Kevin Hurley (global ambassador Teeling Whiskey), Dave Morrissey (The Porterhouse, Dingle Whiskey), Peter Hannan (The Meat Merchant),¬†John Relihan (Duagh BBQ Festival), Oliver Byrne (Bison), Matt Williams (Oxford Charcoal Company), Donal Cahill (My Meat Wagon),¬†Rebecca Cronin¬†(Ballymaloe Litfest),¬†Ger Mullally¬†(Savour Kilkenny),¬†Ketty Elizabeth (French Foodie In Dublin),¬†Samuel Bishop (Street Feast Ireland),¬†Kevin Barry (author),¬†Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost), Damien O’Reilly (RTE Radio One Countrywide), Mairead Lavery (Farmer’s Journal, Irish Country Living), Pat Lalor (Ballard Organic Farm, Kilbeggan Organic Foods), Fiann √ď Nuall√°in (The Holistic Gardener), Adrian Martin (Chef Martin), David Flynn (The Happy Pear), Stephen Flynn (The Happy Pear), Gary Graham (Bloom show manager), Evelyn Cusack (RTE weather presenter and Deputy Head of Forecasting at Met √Čireann), Damian Corless (author and writer), Aidan Stacey (head of fundraising at GOAL), Joan Freeman (founder of Pieta House), Marian Carroll (CEO the Ronald McDonald House Charity), Niall Hatch (Birdwatch Ireland), Richard Collins (RTE Radio One Mooney Goes Wild team), Peter Ward (Country Choice), Birgitta Curtin (Burren Smokehouse), Neven Maguire (chef), Oliver Dunne (chef), Declan Rice (Kilkenny LEADER partnership company), Darragh McCullough (RTE TV Ear to the Ground, Irish Independent deputy farming editor), Richard Moeran (chairman Agri Aware), John Lynskey (IFA), Aine Lawlor (RTE Radio One), Dee Sewell (Greenside Up horticulturist), Luke Rothwell (Collinstown Park Community College Transition Year student),¬†James Adair (Collinstown Park Community College Transition Year student), Aidan Cotter (CEO Bord Bia), Alan Kingston (Glenilen Farm), Patrick Rooney (Derrycamma Farm),¬†¬†Niall Harbison (founder Lovin’ Dublin), Emily Cunnane (senior community manager Yelp), Leo Molloy (777, SuperMissSue etc),¬†Henry Dummer (director of marketing Tesco), Norman Rides (general manager Dublin Food Co-Op), Joe Doyle (founder Donnybrook Fair), Rachel Firth (general manager Fallon & Byrne), Allegra McEvedy (chef, broadcaster, food writer and co-founder of Leon and Blackfoot), Sarit Packer (Honey and Co),¬†Itamar Srulovich (Honey & Co),¬†Arun Kapil (Green Saffron), David Lebovitz (food writer, blogger, author and formerly of Chez Panisse), Michael Kelly¬†(founder GIY movement),¬†Matthew E White (musician), David Sax (author The Tastemakers), Peter Conroy¬†(Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club),¬†Ed Temperley¬†(editor¬†Magic Seaweed),¬†Brian Britton¬†(co-founder Irish Surf Association),¬†Henry Moore (chairman Irish Surfing Association),¬†Tony McMahon¬†(owner of¬†Johnnie Fox‚Äôs),¬†Trevor O‚ÄôShea¬†(Bodytonic, the Bernard Shaw, The Twisted Pepper, MVP, The Back Page and The Yacht),¬†Se√°neen Sullivan¬†(L Mulligan Grocer), Oliver Hughes¬†(CEO¬†the Portherhouse Group¬†and founder of the¬†Dingle Distillery),¬†Ivor Browne (psychiatrist and author), Karen Hand (doctoral researcher and author),¬†Colm Mac Con Iomaire (musician),¬†Ruair√≠ McKiernan (social innovator, campaigner, Presidential appointee to¬†Ireland‚Äôs Council of State, founder of¬†SpunOut), Jessy Rose¬†(singer with¬†Hare Squead),¬†Melissa Kavanagh¬†(poet,¬†Bave New Voices Atlanta 2015),¬†Lia Grogan¬†(SpunOut¬†contributer),¬†Jordan Casey¬†(programmer and games¬†developer),¬†Gavin Dunne (Miracle Of Sound), James Byrne (Any Other City, Villagers), David Duffy (Eat My Noise Productions), Aoife Potter-Cogan (Cork Community Art Link), Siobhan Kane (Young Hearts Run Free),¬†Una Mullally¬†(The Irish Times, TG4, author In the Name of Love), Molly King (Banter Other Voices producer), Derek O‚ÄôConnor¬†(scriptwriter and film-maker),¬†Angela Dorgan¬†(FMC/Hard Working Class Heroes),¬†Ian Wilson (RTE 2fm producer), Kevin O’Sullivan (editor The Irish Times), Des Gibson (editor Irish Daily Star), Ian Kehoe (editor Sunday Business Post), Kevin Bakhurst (RTE¬†Managing Director News and Current Affairs and Deputy Director General), Timo (Umack Promotions), John Mahon (The Locals),¬†Aisling Rogerson¬†(The Fumbally), Lynn Daly (Dublin City Council events team),¬†Conor Cusack (Gaelic Players Association mental health ambassador and former Cork hurler), Nora Stapleton (Women‚Äôs and Girls Rugby Development Executive with the IRFU, member of the Ireland XVs squad and Donegal Ladies Gaelic football),¬†David Corkery¬†(former Ireland, Munster, Cork Cons and Bristol rugby player)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Slow Moving Clouds, Sample Answer, Saint Sister, Hare Squead, Méabh Ní Bheaglaioch, Matt Griffin, Matthew E White, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Villagers, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh


Nial Conlan (Delorentos), Kieran McGuinness (Delorentos), Gavin Sheridan (TheStory.ie, VizLegal), Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit founder), Noirin Hegarty (Lonely Planet managing editor), Paul Galvin (Kerry footballer), Rob Doyle (novelist), Bill Malone (Channel Controller RTE2), Joe Caslin (artist),¬†John Lyons (Labour Party TD), Ailbhe Smith (LGBT rights activist), Tonie Walsh (LGBT rights activist,¬†Irish Queer Archive curator), Una Mullally¬†(The Irish Times, TG4, author In the Name of Love), Mick Wallace¬†(Independent TD),¬†Rory O’Neill¬†(Panti),¬†Ann Marie Hourihane¬†(journalist),¬†Louise McSharry¬†(2fm DJ), Sali Hughes (The Guardian’s beauty columnist and author “Pretty Honest”), Marian Keyes (author), Alan Kavanagh¬†(Edward Dillons Spirit Portfolio Ambassador and owner of¬†Total Cocktail Solutions),¬†Paul Lambert¬†(Upstairs @ Kinara Kitchen¬†and¬†The Blind Pig),¬†Joanne Cronin¬†(Stitch & Bear¬†food and drink blog),¬†Stephen Teeling¬†(part owner of¬†Teeling Whiskey),¬†Venetia Quick¬†(Connected),¬†Kate McGrew¬†(Connected),¬†Bill Malone¬†(Channel Controller, RTE 2),¬†Anna Nolan¬†(TV presenter and journalist), Fintan Drury (sports agent Platinum One), Niamh Bushnell (Dublin Commissioner for Start-Ups), John Healy (RTE The Restaurant), Catherine Cleary (The Irish Times), Dee Laffan (Easy Food), Fiona Dillon (food writer), Yvonne Carty (Hey Pesto), Aoife Ryan (Babaduck.com), Marie Claire Digby (The Irish Times), Denise McBrien (Pichet), Paul O’Connor (Savour Kilkenny), Blathnaid Bergin (The Restaurant Advisor), Una Mullally (The Irish Times, TG4), Sinead Kelly (Hunt & Gather), Dave Smith (Mabos, Kings Of Concrete), Richard Seabrooke (Offset, Thinkhouse),¬†Rick O’Shea (2fm), Dearbhail McDonald¬†Iirish Independent), Fiona Hyde (The Daily Edge/The Journal), Mark Smyth (clinical psychologist),¬†Pat Collins (film-maker), Iarla O Lion√°ird (singer, songwriter, musician and member of The Gloaming), Nuala O’Connor (film-maker South Wind Blows), Mary Reynolds (nature activist and Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner), Rory O’Connell (Ballymaloe Cookery School, author Master It: How To Cook Today), Sully (Cully & Sully), Kieran Murphy (Murphy’s Ice Cream), Maisha Lenehan¬†(Bibis),¬†Barry Stephens¬†(147),¬†Ketty Elisabeth (French Foodie In Dublin), Aisling Rogerson (The Fumbally), Jamie Byng (Cannongate publisher), John Leland (New York Times, author Hip: The History), Hannah Donovan (co-founder This Is My Jam), Steve Carson (Head of Production, BBC Northern Ireland),¬†Melvin Benn (managing director Festival Republic), Philip King (Other Voices), Niall Byrne (Nialler9),¬†Angela Dorgan¬†(FMC/Hard Working Class Heroes),¬†Brendan Canty¬†(Feel Good Lost), Stevie Grainger¬†(Red FM), Eileen Hogan (UCC), Jack Crotty (Rocket Man), Meltybrains? (musicians and would-be comedians), Colm O‚ÄôHerlihy (Mountain Dew festival), Mike Fitzpatrick¬†(director¬†Limerick City of Culture 2014),¬†Monica Spencer¬†(board member of the¬†Arts Council, actor, director and youth drama facilitator with Creative Communities Limerick Network),¬†Catherine O‚ÄôHalloran¬†(Senior Youth Worker, ¬†Draw Out Project¬†and board member of the Make a Move Festival),¬†Michael Finneran¬†(head of¬†the Department of Arts Education & Physical¬†Education in Mary Immaculate College,¬†Bare Space Theatre Company and Lime Tree Theatre),¬†Domhnall Gleeson (actor), Lenny Abrahamson (film-maker), Stephen Rennicks (composer), Niall Harbison (founder LovinDublin), Kate Coleman (editor Le Cool Dublin), Ian Lamont (editor Totally Dublin), James Redmond (Rabble),¬†Rhianna Pratchett (scriptwriter, story designer), Sam Lipstyte (author The Ask, The Fun Parts), Adrian Crowley (musician), Maria Doyle Kennedy (musician and actor), Nial Conlan (Delorentos, Monthly General Meeting),¬†Dawn O’Porter (author and TV presenter), Damian Barr (author Maggie & Me and founder The Literary Salon), Brian Kerr (former football manger Republic Of Ireland), Steve Redmond (swimmer), Micheal Nagle (Paddy Power social media manager), Nick Ryan (director The Summit), Michael Moynihan (The Irish Examiner, author GAAconomics), Clare McNamara (RTE Sports), Vincent Hogan (chief sportswriter The Irish Independent), Tim Lewis (The Guardian, author Land of Second Promises), Gavin Cummiskey (The Irish Times), Ken Doherty (snooker player and broadcaster), Shane McGrath (Irish Daily Mail chief sportswriter), Mick O’Keeffe (former Dublin football player), Fiona Coghlan (Irish women‚Äôs rugy team captain), Elaine Buckley (writer and broadcaster), Eamon Zayed (Shamrock Rovers and Libya), Ed Randolph (former basketball professional player and coach),¬†Garrett Mullan (Show Racism the Red Card),¬†Emmet Malone (The Irish Times),¬†Jon Ronson (writer, author and film-maker), Ben Watt (musician and author), Denise Charlton (Immigrant Council of Ireland), Colm O’Gorman (author, activist, director of Amnesty International Ireland and founder of One in Four), Paddy Cullivan (The Camembert Quartet, Leviathan, Callan’s Kicks), Sinead Gleeson (RTE Radio One The Book Show, RTE TV The Works, The Irish Times),¬†Ciara Scanlan (MART), Peter O’Brien (Upstart, Happenings, Granby Park), Orlaith Ross (The Crypt), Laura G Dovn (Block T),¬†Martin Hayes (The Gloaming), Annie Mac (BBC Radio One), Lloyd Bradley (author and music writer), Paul Duane (film-maker), Michael Hann (music editor The Guardian), David Caffrey (Love/Hate director), Conor Masterson (photographer and director – The Frames’ In the Deep Shade), Peter McVerry (Peter McVerry Trust), Richie Sadlier¬†(former Irish professional footballer and pundit for RTE and Second Captains), David Gillick (athlete), Liam Moggan (Coaching Ireland)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Deirdre Granville, Rusangano¬†Family (Godknows, MuRli¬†& MynameisjOhn),¬†Aoife Granville, Niall Begley, Gerry O’Beirne, Soak,¬†Daniel Martin Moore, Joan Shelley,¬†Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Eve Murtagh, Sive


Aine Lawlor (RTE Radio One News At One, RTE TV Week In Politics), Alison Curtis (Today FM), Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit, F.ounders), Ciaran Walsh (Le Cool Dublin), David Gray (musician), David Arnold (composer and musician), John Grant (musician), Donal Ryan (novelist), Michael Moynihan (Irish Examiner sports writer and author of “GAAconomics”), Pat Leahy (Sunday Business Post political editor and author of “Showtime” and “The Price of Power”), Eimear McBride (novelist), Alice Maher (artist), Gerard Barrett (film-maker), Jack Reynor (actor), Wissame Cherfi (film maker), Monika Sapielak (Centre for Creative Practice), Hassan Lemtouni (cafe owner), Minhee Won (financial data research specialist), Sean O’Hagan (The Observer), Glenn Patterson (author, lecturer and Good Vibrations‚Äô scriptwriter), Katie Richardson (Katie & The Carnival), Brian Coney (editor, The Thin Air), Alan McGee (Creation Records and all-round legend),¬†Ella McSweeney¬†(RTE Ear to the Ground, RTE Radio One Countrywide, BBC Radio 4),¬†Dr √Āine Macken Walsh¬†(research officer at Teagasc‚Äôs Rural Economy and Development programme),¬†David Meredith¬†(Teagasc),¬†Ronan Byrne¬†(The Friendly Farmer), Ronan Lyons (economist Daft.ie and Trinity College Dublin),¬†Colette Browne (Irish Independent), Karl Deeter (advisor and analyst at Irish Mortgage Brokers and Advisors.ie), Lorcan Sirr (lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at¬†DIT),¬†Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School), Gerry Godley (Hot Potatoes), Caroline Hennessy (Bibliocook), Damien Mulley (Mulley Communications), Una Mullally (The Irish Times), Patrick Guinness (historian and author), Manch√°n Magan¬†(writer and documentary-maker), Philip King (broadcaster and film-maker), Tim Magee (Host & Company PR), Ciaran Fitzgerald (Blue Haven Collection), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (musician),¬†Anne Bedos (Rothar), Rebecca Moynihan (Dublin City Councillor), Damien √ď Tuama (National Cycling Coordinator Cyclist.ie),¬†Steve Myers (CERN), Fiona McAnena (Clearhound), Fred Bolza (Sony Music), David Emery (Kobalt Music), Sam McGregor (Signature Brews), Wilson Kriegel (PalTalk), Jay Onda (NTT DOCOMO), Aaron Taylor (GoPrezzo), Brendan O’Driscoll (Soundwave), Michael Spencer Jones (photographer), Stephen O’Reilly (Shuffler.fm), Adam Perry (Bloodhound Gang/BandApp), Colin Doran (Hundred Reasons/BandApp),¬†Susan Carpenter (An Lar TV), Peter Gregson (composer), Utah Saints¬†(musicians), Miriam O’Callaghan (RTE Radio One/RTE Prime Time), Caroline Clarke (Newstalk producer), Yvonne Judge (broadcaster, ¬†radio producer with RTE Radio One and 2fm and former editor and deputy head of 2fm), John Purcell (chairman of Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, CEO KCLR 96FM and director of Newstalk), Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Mark Yarm (author Everybody Loves Our Town), Cormac Battle (2fm, Kerbdog), Canice Kenealy (Engine Alley), Malcolm Noonan (Jerusalem Taxis, Kilkenny County Council), Angela Scanlon (stylist and journalist), Sonya Lennon (Lennon Courtney, RTE Off the Rails, Frockadvisor), Orla Tinsley (cystic fibrosis campaigner, journalist, author), Maeve O’Rourke (barrister, Justice for the Magdalenes campaigner), John Smith (Trocaire campaigns co-ordinator), Colm T√≥ib√≠n (author), Willie White (Dublin Theatre Festival), Donnacha Dennehy (composer), Maureen Kennelly (arts producer, programmer and curator of Mountains to Sea books festival), Mary O’Rourke (former minister, senator and TD), Eamon Ryan (leader of the Green Party, former minister), Harry Mcgee (Irish Times political correspondant), Sarah O’Neill (Dailwatch), Tony Fenton (Today FM DJ), Fergal McCarthy (visual artist), Sam McGrath (Come Here to Me historian), Kristy Guevara-Flanagan (Wonder Women director), Anna Taylor (Film Fatale), Maura McHugh (Splinster), Peter Hook (New Order and Division musician), Stephen Donnelly (TD), Patrick Freyne (The Irish Times), John Byrne (journalist and broadcaster), Mark O’Halloran (scriptwriter and actor), Ashley Keating (Frank & Walters, Red FM, FIFA Records), Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost), Stevie Grainger (Red FM, The Pavilion), Lilian Smith (RTE Radio One), Harry Browne (journalist, lecturer and author), Eamon Sweeney (The Irish Independent), Fiona Kearney (Glucksman Gallery), Claire Power (Temple Bar Gallery & Studios), Siobhan Mannion (RTE Radio One), Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times), Eoin Purcell (New Island Books), Temple Garner (chef San Lorenzo’s), Catherine Cleary (restaurant reviewer The Irish Times), Fiona McHugh (Fallon & Bryne),¬†Declan Forde (Forbidden Fruit & POD Concerts), Avril Stanley (Body & Soul), Leagues O‚ÄôToole (Aiken Promotions & Harmonic),¬†Colin Hession¬†(L Mulligan Grocer¬†and¬†WJ Kavanagh‚Äôs, Dublin),¬†Grainne Walsh¬†(Metalman Brewing, Waterford), ¬†Alex Lawes¬†(homebrewer),¬†Sheila Heti¬†(author, How Should A¬†Person Be?), Sinead Desmond¬†(TV3), Roe McDermott¬†(Hot Press, Fanny.ie, RTE Arena),¬†Karl Ove Knausgaard (author),¬†Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (The Gloaming, Triur) Ben Watt (Buzzin‚Äô Fly, Strange Feeling, Everything But the Girl),¬†Eva Vermandel (photographer),¬†Rich Gilligan (photographer),¬†Linda Brownlee¬†(photographer), Paul Morley (cultural commentator and curator), Peter Culshaw (journalist and author),¬†David Adams¬†(SoundCloud),¬†Mark Nagurski¬†(CultureTECH Derry), Sean Moncrieff¬†(Newstalk broadcaster),¬†John Buckley¬†(SpunOut),¬†John Evoy¬†(founder¬†Irish Men‚Äôs Sheds Association),¬†James Whelton¬†(CoderDojo),¬†Niamh O‚ÄôMahony¬†(journalist, former board member of FORAS and Cork City FC and project manager of an EC-funded Improving¬†Football Governance project in Ireland),¬†Mary Nally¬†(Drop Everything),¬†Mark Carry¬†(Fractured Air),¬†Caspar Llewelyn Smith¬†(The Guardian),¬†Ludovic Hunter-Tilney (Financial Times),¬†Maol√≠osa Boyle¬†(Turner Prize curator, Void gallery, Lumiere‚Äôs Brilliant),¬†Joe Carlin¬†(director of Foyle Pride),¬†Abby Oliveira¬†(spoken-word poet and artist),¬†John Naughton (The Observer‚Äôs technology columnist and Open University professor), Bronagh Gallagher (actress and musician), Bridie Monds-Watson (musician Soak),¬†Ed Vulliamy (The Observer),¬†Mary Fitzgerald (Irish Times‚Äô foreign affairs correspondant),¬†Emer Grant¬†(Void Gallery),¬†Laurie Penny¬†(Penny Red),¬†Suzy Byrne¬†(Maman Poulet),¬†Anthea McTiernan¬†(Irish Times),¬†Ella McSweeney¬†(RTE‚Äôs¬†Ear to the Ground¬†and BBC Radio 4),¬†Kaethe Burt-O‚ÄôDea¬†(Sitric Community Garden,¬†SPUDS),¬†Sinead Keenan¬†(Healthy Food For All),¬†Andrew Douglas¬†(Urban Farm, Dublin).

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Leanne Harte, Aoife Granville, Niall Begley, Conor Walsh, Idiot Songs, Cormac Begley, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Daithi, Little Bear, Wyvern Lingo, Shannon Saunders, Luke Sital-Singh, Olivia Chaney, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Ryan Vail and George Ezra 


Guillem Balague¬†(Sky Sports pundit and author),¬†Joe Duffy¬†(RTE Radio One),¬†Una Mullally¬†(journalist and broadcaster),¬†Emmet Malone¬†(Irish Times football¬†correspondant),¬†Lisa O‚ÄôCarroll¬†(The Guardian media writer),¬†Jerry Kennelly¬†(Stockbyte and Tweak),¬†Kieran Murphy¬†(Murphy‚Äôs Ice Cream),¬†Diarmaid Ferriter¬†(historian,¬†author),¬†Peter Murphy¬†(writer),¬†Siobhan Mannion¬†(writer),¬†Sinead Gleeson¬†(broadcaster, journalist and editor),¬†John Mulholland¬†(The Observer editor), Paul Muldoon¬†(poet),¬†Dermot McLaughlin¬†(director Derry/Londonderry City Of Culture 2013),¬†Rosanna Davison¬†(former Miss World, model and columnist),¬†Eoin Murphy¬†(Entertainment Editor, Irish Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday),¬†Niamh Horan¬†(The Sunday Independent),¬†Miriam O‚ÄôCallaghan¬†(RTE),¬†Maeve Higgins¬†(comedian),¬†Martina¬†Devlin¬†(journalist and author),¬†Melanie Morris¬†(editor, Image magazine),¬†Panti¬†(pub landlady and performer),¬†Jennifer Gannon¬†(State magazine and all-round pop¬†champion),¬†John Sullivan¬†(H2 Films and uber Madonna fan),¬†Conor Behan¬†(Spin 1038, GCN, DJ),¬†Brian Boyd¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Mark Kavanagh¬†(assistant editor Irish¬†Daily Star, DJ),¬†Brian Spollen¬†(MCD Concerts),¬†Simon Carswell¬†(The Irish Times and author of Anglo Republic: Inside the Bank That Broke Ireland and Something Rotten:¬†Irish Banking Scandals),¬†Carol Hunt¬†(The Sunday Independent),¬†John Ryan¬†(Broadsheet),¬†Enda Leahy¬†(Irish Mail On Sunday),¬†Nile Rodgers¬†(Chic),¬†Lenny Abrahamson¬†(film-maker),¬†Little John Nee¬†(performer),¬†R√≥ise Goan¬†(Dublin Fringe director),¬†Paul Tarpey¬†(Cheebah),¬†Kieran Nolan¬†(founder of irishhiphop.com),¬†mynameisjOhn¬†(musician),¬†Temper-Mental MissElayneous¬†(rapper),¬†Bill O‚ÄôHerlihy¬†(RTE sports legend),¬†Brian Kerr¬†(former manger Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands),¬†Miguel¬†Delaney¬†(football journalist and author),¬†Michael Foley¬†(author The Age Of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to be Happy, and Embracing the Ordinary),¬†Finian¬†Murphy¬†(consumer and media researcher),¬†Roisin Ingle¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Frank Fitzgibbon¬†(Editor, The Sunday Times Ireland),¬†Brian Fallon¬†(co-founder Distilled Media¬†‚Äď The Journal, Boards.ie, Daft.ie),¬†Gavin Sheridan¬†(The Story.ie, Storyful),¬†Paul Mallon¬†(ex-deputy editor The Star On Sunday and assistant editor The Star, editorial¬†manager at Paddy Power),¬†Garry O‚ÄôNeill¬†(author Where Were You?),¬†Mick Heaney¬†(The Irish Times),¬†Eimear Fitzmaurice¬†(Not Saying Boo/Forward Slash/Bodytonic¬†Music),¬†Ian O‚ÄôRiordan¬†(Irish Times journalist and author of ‚ÄúMiles to Run ‚Äď Promises to Keep‚ÄĚ),¬†Raedi Higgins¬†(Runs Like A Girl),¬†Barry Redsetta¬†(Pogo, Jam the Box)

Musical performers at Banter during the year: Villagers, Soak, Triona


Miriam O’Callaghan (RTE broadcaster), Sinead Gleeson (journalist and broadcaster), Conor Pope (The Irish TImes), Tim Lawrence (author and biographer),¬†Todd Zuniga¬†(Literary Death Match),¬†Nathan Rabin¬†(A.V. Club, The Onion),¬†Una Mullally (journalist and broadcaster),¬†Enric Palau (Sonar),¬†Georgia Taglietti (Sonar),¬†Constance Okollet (Climate Wise Women),¬†Ursula Rakova (Climate Wise Women),¬†Gavin Harte¬†(Earthtalks.org),¬†Anne Bedos¬†(Rothar),¬†Colin Harmon¬†(3FE Coffee &¬†Caf√©),¬†Al Coleman¬†(Onlineadvertising.ie, TEDxLiffey),¬†¬†Cici Cavanagh¬†(Fade Street reality TV star),¬†Patrick Freyne¬†(journalist and TV critic),¬†Derek O‚ÄôConnor¬†(scriptwriter and film-maker),¬†Darren¬†Smith¬†(Kite Entertainment),¬†Elaine Murphy¬†(The Winding Stair),¬†Aoife Carrigy¬†(freelance food & wine writer),¬†Darragh Flynn¬†(Living Foods,¬†The Happy Pear)


Gerry Godley¬†(Improvised Music Company and Lyric FM),¬†Sophie Gorman¬†(Irish Independant),¬†Richard Seabrooke¬†(Offset Festival),¬†Hugh Linehan¬†(Irish Times online¬†editor),¬†John Ryan¬†(Broadsheet and formerly of Blogorrah, New York Dog and dozens of other titles),¬†Michael McDermott¬†(Le Cool Dublin),¬†Blathnaid Healy¬†(RTE), Billy Scurry (DJ and chef),¬†Shane Johnson¬†(Fish Go Deep),¬†Tiddlerz¬†(DJ),¬†Cillian Stewart¬†(Castlepalooza),¬†Paul Brown¬†(Earagail Arts Festival),¬†Paul McLoone¬†(Today¬†FM, The Undertones),¬†Una Mullally¬†(Sunday Tribune, TG4‚Ä≤s Ceol Ar An Imeall),¬†Declan Forde¬†(POD Concerts and Electric Picnic booker), Andy Votel (DJ, producer and record label owner), Donnacha Costello (producer), Come As Soon As You Hear (club promoters), Lerosa (producer), Olan O’Brien (All City), Jenny Huston (DJ, broadcaster and author), Nick Kelly (Irish Independent)


Mark Murphy (Choice Cuts),¬†Richie Egan (Jape),¬†Nadine O‚ÄôRegan (Sunday Business Post, Phantom FM),¬†Trevor O’Shea (Bodytonic),¬†Peter Symes (Skinny Wolves),¬†Dave Parle¬†(POD/Antics),¬†Giles Armstrong (Electric Shock), Francois (DJ), Sunil Sharpe (DJ), Niall Byrne (Nialler9), Una Mullally (journalist and broadcaster),¬†Anna Troberg (Pirate Party, Sweden), Tonie Walsh (DJ), Paul Webb (DJ), Dylan Haskins (Hideaway House, Roll Up Your Sleeves), Niall McGurk (Hope Promotions),¬†Paul McLoone (Today FM),¬†The Golden Maverick (Power FM)