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Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017 gets off to a great start

Moderator Quentin Peel and Stephen Green, Former Chair of HSBC pictured at the Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017 Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017 gets off to a great start

Former chair of HSBC, Stephen Green opened the first of  Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017 at St Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday, September 14. The opening lecture with Stephen Green was moderated by one of last years speakers Quentin Peel.

In the first of the Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017, Stephen Green discussed “The European Identity – Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny.”


What–if anything–do the member states of the European Union have in common? Amidst all the variety, can one even speak of a European identity? Stephen Green explored these questions and argued for the necessity of the European voice in the international community.

Stephen Green joined The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1982.  In 1998, he was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc as an Executive Director.  He became Group Chief Executive in 2003 and Group Chairman 2006.  He retired from HSBC in December 2010. He was created a Life Peer in 2010 and was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment in January 2011.  He retired from this position in December 2013.

He is Chairman of the Natural History Museum, Chairman of Asia House and President of the Institute of Export.Stephen Green has written four books – Serving God? Serving Mammon? [1996]; Good Value, Choosing a Better Life in Business [2009]; Reluctant Meister – How Germany’s Past is Shaping its European Future [2014]; and The European Identity – Historical and Cultural Realities We Cannot Deny [2015].

After a long career at the FT, Quentin Peel is an authority on many aspects of international relations, globalisation, economic development and the media. He has been an eye-witness reporter on the dramas unfolding on the international stage over the past four decades. He excels at relating politics and economics, with a bit of history and geography, to explain the tensions at work, and has interviewed many of the leading players, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Angela Merkel, Jacques Delors, Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan.

The Limerick Civic Trust’s Autumn Lecture Series 2017 is in conjunction with the Kemmy Business School, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick City and County Council and The Irish Examiner. It is a six-part series of public lectures to be delivered by internationally renowned commentators and thought-leaders in their field.

Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture Series 2017

Pictured at the Limerick Civic Trust Autumn Lecture with Stephen Green at St Mary’s Cathedral were Quintin Peel, Stephen Peel, guest lecturer and David O’Brien, Limerick Civic Trust. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

The six-part series of public lectures will examine many topical issues like the impact of Brexit, immigration, integration in multicultural societies, censorship and lots more.

Other speakers in the series include; chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Jodie Ginsburg, CEO of Index on Censorship, Irish Times columnist Simon Carswell, international architect Ian Ritchie and international property develop Roger Madelin.

The lectures will run on Thursday evenings from September 14 to October 19 in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Lectures start at 8 pm and admission is €12 or concessions €8 per lecture.

The dates and speakers at the lectures are as follows:

21st September – Speaker: Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Chair Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council (IMPIC) – moderator Professor John O’Brennan

28th September – Speaker: Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship – moderator Patrick Comerford

5th October – Speaker: Simon Carswell, Irish Times – moderator Dr. Michele O’Dwyer

12th October – Speaker: Ian Ritchie, International Architect – moderator Prof. Vincent Cunnane

19th October – Speaker: Roger Madelin, International Regeneration Architect – moderator Dr. Philip O’Regan

Proceeds from the series will be used by the Limerick Civic Trust for the restoration of St. Munchin’s Church in the heart of King’s Island.

Tickets are available at or Tickets are also available from The Limerick Civic Trust offices in the Bishop’s Palace, Church Street or on the door on each of the nights.

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