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 onor ontributed to making Banter what it is today. Thanks to all of them, collectively and individually.
We’d like to say a huge thanks to 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, the Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC Group, This Greedy Pig, Lois Kapila at Dublin Inquirer and Ali Kelly at Nu.Ethical, who have produced and hosted brilliant Banter-associated events. Thanks also to our various guest hosts over the years including Richard Brophy, Una Mullally, Michael Moynihan, Gavin Cummiskey, Emmet Malone, Mick O’Keeffe and Marian Keyes.
And finally, a massive thanks 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.
Stephen Donnelly (Fianna Fail TD), Dorothy Cross (artist), Aoibheann O’Brien (co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud), Alan Simms (Shine), Finn Ní Fhaoláin (blogger, surfer, chef and author), Kevin Cavey (the grandfather of Irish surfing), Olan O’Brien (All City record label and shop), Justin “JC” Coghlan (co-founder Movember), Lucia Griggi (photographer), Matt Smith (Backwash Magazine and the Moy Hill Community Garden in Lahinch, Co Clare), 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: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Eve Belle, Goldie Fawn
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 Lionáird (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’Herlihy (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’Halloran (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’s 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’ 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 Áine Macken Walsh (research officer at Teagasc’s 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), Manchán 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 Ó 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 Tóibín (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’Toole (Aiken Promotions & Harmonic), Colin Hession (L Mulligan Grocer and WJ Kavanagh’s, 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’ 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’s Sheds Association), James Whelton (CoderDojo), Niamh O’Mahony (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), Maolíosa Boyle (Turner Prize curator, Void gallery, Lumiere’s Brilliant), Joe Carlin (director of Foyle Pride), Abby Oliveira (spoken-word poet and artist), John Naughton (The Observer’s technology columnist and Open University professor), Bronagh Gallagher (actress and musician), Bridie Monds-Watson (musician Soak), Ed Vulliamy (The Observer), Mary Fitzgerald (Irish Times’ foreign affairs correspondant), Emer Grant (Void Gallery), Laurie Penny (Penny Red), Suzy Byrne (Maman Poulet), Anthea McTiernan (Irish Times), Ella McSweeney (RTE’s Ear to the Ground and BBC Radio 4), Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (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’Carroll (The Guardian media writer), Jerry Kennelly (Stockbyte and Tweak), Kieran Murphy (Murphy’s 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’Callaghan (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), Róise Goan (Dublin Fringe director), Paul Tarpey (Cheebah), Kieran Nolan (founder of irishhiphop.com), mynameisjOhn (musician), Temper-Mental MissElayneous (rapper), Bill O’Herlihy (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 – 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’Neill (author Where Were You?), Mick Heaney (The Irish Times), Eimear Fitzmaurice (Not Saying Boo/Forward Slash/Bodytonic Music), Ian O’Riordan (Irish Times journalist and author of “Miles to Run – Promises to Keep”), 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 & Café), Al Coleman (Onlineadvertising.ie, TEDxLiffey), Cici Cavanagh (Fade Street reality TV star), Patrick Freyne (journalist and TV critic), Derek O’Connor (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′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’Regan (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)