2017 Speakers

Paddy Mahon

Paddy Mahon

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council is a Galway man who grew up in Tuam in north County Galway.
Paddy  holds a BE in Civil Engineering from University College Galway (now NUIG)  and an MBA from Dublin City University. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and has lived and worked in England, Australia and prior to his current role, has worked for a number of Local Authorities in the west of Ireland.
Paddy started his local government career as an engineer with Mayo County Council in 1991and over the next 17 years progressed to the role of Director of Services with Mayo County Council in 2008.
Paddy was appointed as Chief Executive with Longford County Council in July 2016.

Jonathan Moore





Jonathan Moore has been a lecturer and journalism covering  Irish affairs for
over thirty years. For much of this period, he lectured in Irish history
and politics and later journalism at what is now London Metropolitan
university. He retired from the university in 2016. He wrote for the
Scotsman, Guardian, Irish Post, Irish Echo, Fortnight, BBC online, Books
Ireland, Linen Hall Review and others. He broadcast for BBC TV and radio,
Al Jazeera, Sky News, CNN, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,NBC,




Joe Flaherty is a native of Lanesboro and is currently managing director of
Iconic Newspapers, owners of the Longford Leader and nine other leading
Irish regional newspapers. Having grown up in the shadow of Goldsmith
country, he is keenly aware of the writer’s rich cultural legacy.
Married to Niamh Donlon, the couple live in Longford town with their three
young children. Joe is involved in several local groups and organisations
and is a passionate supporter and advocate for Longford town and county.
He sees the county’s rich literary past as a key plank in developing the
region’s tourism potential and is honored to participation in this year’s
Summer School