Over the years, the Society has been addressed by former Prime Ministers, Taoisigh, Senators, Nobel Laureates and otherwise notable figures from all walks of life and from all corners of the earth.

Here is an inexhaustive list of speakers the Hist has hosted.


Political Figures and Public Intellectuals


Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland
Rt. Hon. Baroness Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Paddy Ashdown, Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Clement Attlee, former British Prime Minister
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister
John Bruton, Former Taoiseach of Ireland, European Union Ambassador to the United States
Noam Chomsky, Political theorist and public intellectual
Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister
Liam Cosgrave, former Taoiseach
Roméo Dallaire, humanitarian and Force Commander of UNAMIR
F. W. De Klerk, former President of South Africa, Nobel Laureate
Sir Alec Douglas-Home, former British Prime Minister
Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Lawyer, Nobel Laureate
Laurent Fabius, Former Prime Minister of France
Dr Garret FitzGerald, former Taoiseach
Bob Geldof, organiser of Live Aid and Live 8
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former French President
Charles Haughey, former Taoiseach
John Hume, Nobel Laureate
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights activist
Edward Kennedy, United States Senator
Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister
Prof. Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law
Rev. Ian Paisley, former First Minister of Northern Ireland
Dr William Perry, US Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton
Albert Reynolds, former Taoiseach
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Laureate, Special Advisor to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations
Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court Justice
Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Nobel Laureate
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop, Nobel Laureate
Dr Sein Win, Prime Minister in Exile of Burma
Cass Sunstein, Economist and Author of ‘Nudge’
Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize Winning Economist (2015)
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland 


Personalities from the Arts


John Banville, Booker Prize winner and author of The Sea
Bill Bryson, Author
Jung Chang, Author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story
James Cromwell, Academy Award Nominee
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Award, NYFCC Award, BAFTA Award Winner
Neil Hannon, singer songwriter
Joseph Heller, Author of Catch 22
Paul Howard, Author of the Ross O’Caroll-Kelly series
Jeremy Irons, Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Tony Award, Golden Globe Winner
Joshua Jackson, Actor
Ben Kingsley, Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award Winner
Prof Alexander McCall Smith, author, medial law professor
Steven Moffat, head writer of Doctor Who, co-creator of Sherlock (TV series), BAFTA Awards winner
Dermot Morgan, actor and comedian
Sir John Mortimer, Author of Rumpole of the Bailey
Ardal O’Hanlon, Actor and Comedian
Joe Randazzo, Author
Damien Rice, Singer Songwriter
Sir Salman Rushdie, Author of Midnight’s Children
Patrick Stewart, Actor
Tommy Tiernan, Comedian
William Butler Yeats, Poet, Nobel Laureate
Robert Sheehan, Actor
Evanna Lynch, Actor
Katherine Lynch, Comedian