Welcome to the 2018 Kilkenomics Festival.

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Thursday 8 Nov
Friday 9 Nov
Saturday 10 Nov
Sunday 11 Nov

LEVERAGING LIMERICK’S SUCCESS

Tech Thursday Kilkenny will host this special event. Limerick is one of the biggest Irish success stories of the recovery, from an economic renaissance to social and physical regeneration. With...
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Mike Cantwell
John Cleere
Frank Crowley
Catriona Cahill

Brexit – What it Means for You

What does Brexit mean for jobs, taxes, house prices and your wealth? Could it actually be a good thing for Ireland? Where does it leave the UK? And what does...
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Peter Antonioni
Bill Black
David McWilliams
Colm O’Regan
Marla Dukharan

Predicting the Crisis. Jim Rickards in coversation

As well as being the editor of Strategic Intelligence, Jim Rickards is the author of New York Times bestsellers, The New Case for Gold, Currency Wars: The Making of the...
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Jim Rickards
Konstantin Kisin

The World in 2019

We certainly live in interesting times. Join us as our panel of world renowned experts tease out what is likely to happen next year in economics, financial markets and global...
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Martin Lousteau
Pinchas Landau
Neil Howe
Jennifer Raffoul
Gerard Stembridge

Shafted: Economic Prospects for the Under 30s

Here in Ireland and in the US, UK, and Japan, the generation of citizens aged 19-35 are the first in modern memory on course to be worse off than their...
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Frank Crowley
Catriona Cahill
David McWilliams

The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea Sold Out

Rarely do you get the chance to listen to the editor of one of the world’s most influential magazines, but now is your chance. Bill Emmott is a former editor...
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Bill Emmott
David McWilliams

Around the World in 80 Minutes (Done in 60)

Join our panel for a breathless round-the-world tour of some of the globe’s most fascinating economies. Some emerging from crisis, some booming and yet others sadly in great turmoil and...
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Alison Spittle
Nina Schick
Martin Lousteau
Robert Shrimsley
Pinchas Landau
Megan Greene

Renaissance Nation – David McWilliams in conversation with Gerry Stembridge

In four decades, bookended by the Pope’s visits to Ireland in September 1979 and August 2018, Ireland has become one of the wealthiest and most progressive nations in the world,...
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David McWilliams
Gerard Stembridge

Quangoland – The Privatisation of Government Sold Out

A Quango is defined as a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation. By the last count in 2015 there were, according to a study by the Institute of Public Administration, some 257 quangos...
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Des Bishop
Peter Antonioni
Stephen Kinsella
Catriona Cahill

Model of the modern workplace

Is there any kind of model that fits well for the modern workplace? If so, what should it look like?  Most recently, the world of work has been based around...
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Mike Driver
Peter Antonioni
Nina Schick
Sarah O’Connor
Colm O’Regan

Is the End of the Dollar Now in Sight?

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency? Threatened by the rise of China, its own burgeoning deficits  and a President...
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Vikas Nath
Jim Rickards
David McWilliams
Pinchas Landau
Neil Howe
Marla Dukharan

New Wave Brexit

The implications and impact of BREXIT is the most discussed topic in politics and economics today. Caitríona Cahill, Aidan Regan and Frank Crowley represent some of the smartest, interesting and...
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Frank Crowley
Konstantin Kisin
Aidan Regan
Catriona Cahill

The Economics of Politics in Sport

Sport is a multi-billion euro business. It has intricate ties to political and private interests. This means rich opportunities for corruption. Yet across the sporting sector, most deals and decisions...
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Mike Driver
Martin Lousteau
Simon Kuper
Karl Spain

Happiness v Wealth in Modern Economies

Does happiness increase with the growing wealth of a nation? And what role does inequality and gender balance play in this equation. As poorer countries become richer the difficulties of...
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Brendan Greeley
Fiona Looney
Nicholas Gruen
Bill Emmott
Robert Shrimsley
Jennifer Raffoul

What is a Millennial Anyway? Sold Out

VENUE CHANGE: This event has been moved from Hole in the Wall across the street to Medieval Mile Museum. This is a rare opportunity to meet the man who coined...
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David McWilliams
Neil Howe

Brexit – Taking Custody of the Child – How to Deal with Northern Ireland after Brexit

Is a United Ireland now on the horizon? Demographics are pointing that way and Brexit changes everything. The political and economic pass-the-parcel continues with the poor unloved child of partition,...
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Ray Bassett
Des Bishop
Andrea Catherwood
Stephen Kinsella
Bill Black

Jeffrey Sachs in conversation with David McWilliams Sold Out

A hugely welcome return visitor to Kilkenomics, Jeffrey Sachs is undoubtedly one of the most important economists in the world today. He is a global leader in sustainable development, senior...
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Jeffrey Sachs
David McWilliams

2008 – 2018 – Ten Years On : What Have We Learned?

The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 sent shock waves throughout global markets and economies, marking the start of the global financial crisis that crippled economies and states across...
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Fintan O’Toole
Martin Lousteau
Bill Emmott
Cormac Lucey
Gerard Stembridge
Linda Yueh

When technology meets privacy: Big Data, BIG MONEY, BIG BROTHER

Who owns your data, if not you, who? After Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s latest scandal, we are much more aware of the devious ways big social network companies harvest our data....
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Peter Antonioni
Konstantin Kisin
Neil Howe
Caroline Daniel
Marla Dukharan

Smart Investments 2019

In October global stock markets fell by 5%, US interest rates are on the way up, emerging market currencies are being hammered, even tech stocks, once the shiny new things...
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Brendan Greeley
Des Bishop
Mike Driver
Vikas Nath
Megan Greene

The EU Project After Brexit: What Next?

Will we miss the Brits when it’s all over and done? While we are obsessed about Brexit, much of Europe has moved on, dealing with much bigger issues such as...
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Dermot O’Leary
Nina Schick
Robert Shrimsley
Megan Greene
Andrew Maxwell

Rich Man, Poor Man:Why do some countries get rich and others Poor?

The biggest question in economics is why do some places prosper and others falter. Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith’s founding text of free market economics maintains that enlightened self-interest, limited...
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Harald Malmgren
Vikas Nath
Martin Lousteau
Jennifer Raffoul
Karl Spain

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today.

For centuries, the world’s great economists have attempted to understand and grapple with the problems of humans, goods and money but, too often, their ideas are hard to digest, before...
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David McWilliams
Linda Yueh

In God We Trust: The End of Money: Will Crypto-currencies Take Over

This time last year they were the future, today they look like the past. Having tanked in value this year, can cryptocurrencies recover particularly as they have tanked at a...
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Dominic Frisby
Jim Rickards
Bill Bonner
Marla Dukharan

How to Impeach a President. Do You Follow the Money?

How exactly do you put together an investigation to impeach a US President? This show will be led by world renowned forensic investigator Bill Black and explain how such a...
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Fintan O’Toole
Konstantin Kisin
Bill Black
Neil Howe
Constantin Gurdgiev
Dearbhail McDonald

The Changing World of Work

Our work life is changing so quickly. In a few years, the world of work will look nothing like it does today. The relationship between employee and employer has fundamentally...
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Wojciech Kębłowski
Des Bishop
Nicholas Gruen
Stephen Kinsella
Sarah O’Connor

How to Make Economists Better

What is economics, a hard science or jumped up, touchy feely quackery pedalled by modern day druids who happen to be good at sums? So much for the modelling, predictions...
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Brendan Greeley
Mike Driver
Peter Antonioni
Martin Lousteau
Colm O’Regan
Caroline Daniel

The Return of Strong Man Economics

It’s not just Donald Trump. The global spread of liberal democracy was meant to result in the election of liberal, pro-Western leaders. Instead, a wave of strongmen rulers has been...
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Nina Schick
Konstantin Kisin
Simon Kuper
Pinchas Landau
Linda Yueh

Self-Pity and Heroic Failure: The Brexit Neurosis

Fintan O’Toole is one of Ireland’s leading political and cultural commentators and a prolific author. His work has appeared in many international newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, the...
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Fintan O’Toole
Gerard Stembridge

Harald Malmgren – The American Century.

Harald Malmgren began his public service to the United States in 1962 when he was head-hunted by the Kennedy administration to join Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s “Whizz Kids” group which...
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Harald Malmgren
David McWilliams

Brexit: An Irish Perspective

We have some of the best and most varied Irish perspectives in Kilkenny to offer their opinions on how Brexit is going to affect both Ireland and Ireland’s relationship with...
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Eleanor Tiernan
Andrea Catherwood
Stephen Kinsella
Aidan Regan
Dearbhail McDonald

Technology & Artificial Intelligence: Game Changer or Profound Danger? Sold Out

New technology and artificial intelligence is changing the way we live and will have a huge impact on our future. From disaster relief, delivering medical aid, products and services to...
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Des Bishop
Sarah O’Connor
Caroline Daniel
Marla Dukharan

Brexit: Best Case/ Worst Case/ Likely Case

Negotiations continue on the divorce between the UK and the EU amid much acrimony about who owes what to whom, what the future relationship will look like and, crucially, who’ll...
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Ray Bassett
Robert Shrimsley
Simon Kuper
Mehreen Khan
Andrew Maxwell

When Trust Breaks Down: Can We Still Believe in Economics?

The rise of populism across the world can be seen as a direct response to the failure of institutions of state and society to protect citizens from the effects of...
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Kevin Gildea
Jim Rickards
Jennifer Raffoul

Property Bubble 2.0…But Not Just Yet? Sold Out

According to a recent edition of The Economist, Dublin’s house prices are overvalued by 25% relative to long term income; and guess who predicted Ireland’s last housing bubble and bust?...
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Stephen Kinsella
Bill Black
Cormac Lucey
Catriona Cahill
David McWilliams
Dearbhail McDonald

PRETENDING TO CARE: WHAT ROOM FOR MORALITY IN MODERN TRADE?

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the Skripal poisoning in the UK and the fate human rights activist Liu Xiaobo in China have all been widely condemned throughout the...
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Andrea Catherwood
Nicholas Gruen
Pinchas Landau
Gerard Stembridge
Linda Yueh

Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities Are Destroying Democracy

Ian Hughes’ remarkable new book offers a compelling and timely account of the dangers posed by narcissistic leaders, and provides a stark warning that the conditions in which this psychopathy...
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Ian Hughes
Fiona Looney

Trump on Trade

The 45th President of the United States has become the country’s most controversial ever in a little over a year and a half of his reign. He is widely regarded,...
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Bill Bonner
Colm O’Regan
Megan Greene
Neil Howe
Jennifer Raffoul

Jargon-Busting

Kilkenomics is delighted to welcome the return of the hugely popular and greatly enjoyable mash-up of comedy and economics in which comedians and economists attempt to apply plain speaking and...
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Alison Spittle
Eleanor Tiernan
Des Bishop
Vikas Nath
Cormac Lucey
Karl Spain

LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME

This is a fascinating session which looks at how good and bad urban planning impacts on the economy – at local, regional and national level; and how modern economics is...
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Wojciech Kębłowski
Kevin Gildea
Nicholas Gruen
Frank Crowley

Populism: The New Normal

The growth of populism in elections in societies across Europe and the United States in recent years has stunned the liberal consensus and shaken the post-war Western order to its...
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Nina Schick
Konstantin Kisin
Aidan Regan
Pinchas Landau
Mehreen Khan
Constantin Gurdgiev

The Ormonde Brunch Sold Out

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunches return with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events of the weekend....
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Alison Spittle
Cormac Lucey
Catriona Cahill
Mehreen Khan
Andrew Maxwell
Karl Spain

The Langton’s Brunch Sold Out

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunches return with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events of the weekend....
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Ray Bassett
Vikas Nath
Sarah O’Connor
Colm O’Regan
Gerard Stembridge
Marla Dukharan

The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798

In story, pictures and song – Paddy Cullivan brings alive Ireland’s first republican rebellion – inspired by the American and French Revolutions, free trade, ‘fake news’ and identity politics. Led by...
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Paddy Cullivan

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL FOR 2019

Who knows what sort of doom and gloom, what sighs of despair Kilkenomics 2018 will bring as the weekend unfolds. Of course, there’ll be plenty of good humour abounding too...
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Alison Spittle
Des Bishop
Peter Antonioni
Konstantin Kisin
David McWilliams
Pinchas Landau
Marla Dukharan

KILKENOMICS – FINALE, 2018

Gerry Stembridge hosts this panel which reflects on the weekend itself, topics that were most contentious, together with ideas which may have emerged either on or off stage. It’s also...
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David McWilliams
Jennifer Raffoul
Karl Spain
Gerard Stembridge
Marla Dukharan

A Brand New Game Show from Eleanor Tiernan: DINGO’S DEN.

A brand new game show from the inside of Eleanor Tiernan’s head will finally show itself in Cleere’s on Sunday at 5:15pm! Featuring Kilkenomics 2018 comics Des Bishop, Alison Spittle,...
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Alison Spittle
Eleanor Tiernan
Des Bishop
Konstantin Kisin
Colm O’Regan