Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Daniel Mulhall joins Waterford Writers Weekend Curator, Eimear Cheasty, to talk about the poems that about the poems that shaped him as a reader and writer, and inspired him as a person. We are thrilled to welcome the Waterford native to the festival for the first time, live from Washington.


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Eimear Cheasty

Eimear Cheasty is a writer, producer, programmer and curator from Waterford City but living in the wilds of South Kilkenny. She works as the creative producer for Towers and Tales festival in Lismore, established and facilitated The Lit Festival in Waterford City and is the artistic director for County Carlow Youth Theatre. She is also a director on the board of Youth Theatre Ireland and facilitates writing and drama workshops for young people all over the country. Her plays have been produced in Carlow, Dublin and Waterford, and she has been published in The Irish Examiner, Small Circuits and The Believer. The last book she read was Such A Fun age by Kiley Reid and her favourite book of all time is Where The Wild Things Are. She likes to colour coordinate her books and listen to Michael Rosen on Radio 4 when she's not trying to wrangle her toddler into suitable clothes.

Imagine Arts Festival are delighted to have Eimear curate 2020's Waterford Writers Weekend.

Daniel Mulhall

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Daniel Mulhall was born and brought up in Waterford. He pursued his graduate and post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialised in modern Irish history and literature. He took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland's first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland's Ambassador to Germany. Before arriving in Washington, he served as Ireland's Ambassador in London (2013-17).

In 2017, he was made a Freeman of the City of London in recognition of his work as Ambassador. In December 2017, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool. In 2019, he was honoured with the Freedom of the City and County of Waterford. In November 2019, Ambassador Mulhall was named Honorary President of the Yeats Society in Ireland.

During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Mulhall has also held a number of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Director-General for European Affairs, 2005-2009. He also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1994-95). From 1995-98, he was the Department's Press Counsellor and in that capacity was part of the Irish Government's delegation at the time of the Good Friday Agreement 1998.

Ambassador Mulhall maintains a keen interest in Irish history and literature. He is the author of A New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999) and co-editor of The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment (Dublin, 2016). A keen advocate of public diplomacy, Ambassador Mulhall makes regular use of social media in order to provide insights into the work of the Embassy, to promote all things Irish and to engage with Irish people and those of Irish descent around the world. He provides daily updates on his Twitter account @DanMulhall and posts regular blogs on the Embassy's website.