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WIT Libraries Luke Wadding lecture series: Ambassador Dan Mulhall
Location: School of Health Sciences Auditorium
Cost: Free, registration essential
Contact: Registration required, limited capacity
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His Excellency Mr. Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United States will be delivering a lecture to the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) community as part of the WIT Libraries Luke Wadding lecture series and will discuss his journey from Waterford to Washington, the challenges of diplomacy and the undocumented Irish and diaspora in the United States.

The lecture will be delivered in the School of Health Sciences Auditorium from 12.15-1.00. Registration is mandatory as capacity is limited.

About Daniel Mulhall - Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

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 Londonin recognition of his work as Ambassador. In December 2017, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool.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 interestin 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 providesdaily updates on his Twitter account @DanMulhall and posts regular blogs on the Embassy's website.

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