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 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 BrophyUna MullallyMichael 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.

2017

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

2016

Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times), Anna Cosgrave (Repeal Project campaign founder), Elaine Buckley (Fair Game podcast), Emmet Condon (Homebeat and Another Love Story), Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan (neurologist and author of It’s All In Your Head, the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016), Catherine Murphy (Kildare North TD and Social Democrats’ co-founder), Paul Howard (author), Aoife Kelleher (documentary maker), Aideen Barry (artist), Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times’ 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’s first political consultant and Michael Bloomberg’s former campaign manager), Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times), Sive Bresnihan (Dublin Tenants Association), Dr Lorcan Sirr (School of Real Estate and Construction Economics at the Dublin Institute of Technology), Mandy Meredith (Associate Director, Sherry FitzGerald Lettings), Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh (legend), Vlad Sepetov (Kendrick Lamar designer), Nick Gazin (Vice’s 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‘Halloran (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’Conor (director), Dave Tynan (director), Mike Donnelly (director), Eddie Otchere (hip-hop photographer), Gemma O’Doherty (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’Donnell (architect), Fuchsia Macaree (illustrator), Rob Mirolo (designer), Roisin Agnew (journalist, writer and editor), Dominique McMullan (Irish Times fashion writer), Rosie O’Reilly (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’Callaghan (SIPTU), Ali Kelly (Nu.Ethical), Dave Morrissey (Facebook), Aaron Chalke (Mediaworks), Cara McAuley (Starcom), Claire Howlin (Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC group), Brendan Rooney (Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC group), Derek Laffan (Psychology Society of Ireland’s SIGMAC group), Nicola Hamilton (Psychology Society of Ireland’s 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), Ciarán Ryan (Out On A Limb Records, documentary maker), Dr Shaun O’Boyle (Science Gallery, Dublin Maker, Maurice & Shaun), Amanda Webb (Spider Working), Dr Kennetg 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’Hair (The Cottage, Loughmore, Co Tipperary), Marion Keogh (Bloom Fringe), Róisín de Buitléar (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 Ó Nualláin (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’s 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), 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’Mahony (marketing and event management consultant), 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’Mahony (marketing and event management consultant),  Barry Andrews (GOAL chief executive), Jane-Ann McKenna (Médecins Sans Frontières 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’Carroll (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’Connor (writer and film-maker), Willie Thorne (snooker legend)
Musical performers at Banter during the year: Caoimhín Ó 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
2015
Kathy Sheridan (The Irish Times), Grainne Healy (co-director Yes Equality campaign), Zoë 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 Ó 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 “Sláinte – 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 Ó Nualláin (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 Éireann), 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’s), Trevor O’Shea (Bodytonic, the Bernard Shaw, The Twisted Pepper, MVP, The Back Page and The Yacht), Seáneen 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), Ruairí McKiernan (social innovator, campaigner, Presidential appointee to Ireland’s 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’Connor (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’s 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 BheaglaiochMatt Griffin, Matthew E WhiteColm Mac Con Iomaire, Villagers, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh

2014

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 CollegeBare 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

2013

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 

2012

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

2011

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)

2010

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)

2009

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)