The Ambassador of Ireland Daniel Mulhall hosts the third Annual Yeats Lecture at the Embassy of Ireland with the Irish Literary Society. Following on from his highly praised television documentary on Yeats, the musician and activist Sir Bob Geldof talks about his appreciation of the great poet. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a cultural revolution, Yeats brought about immense change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. His Excellency Ambassador Dan Mulhall will introduce the event.
Sir Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof is a singer, songwriter, author, and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, alongside the punk rock movement. Geldof is widely recognised for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa. Geldof was appointed an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognises individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace”, among numerous other awards and nominations. In 2005 he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.