The Diaspora Honour-Roll

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We don't go in much for an Honours system in Ireland that I know of. I think there is an award from the office of the President but beyond that and the joining of the Aos Dana by notables from the creative ecosystem I'm not aware of much.

Universities and business schools produce publications which detail in feature articles people among their alumni who are particularly successful, but awareness in Ireland and perhaps even in the Diaspora itself of Irish-born notables doing well outside of Ireland is patchy and only reported in piece-meal fashion in the odd feature article.

I could easily have sited this thread in 'Education and Science' but I'd like to be a bit broader than that and would ask readers of this thread to offer a nomination to this Diaspora Honours thread. We might be surprised by how many people we have doing very well in their chosen field outside of Ireland.

I'll kick off with an example of what I mean by a nomination:

Professor Eleanor Maguire, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. Dubliner, named as one of 20 people in Europe who have had a major impact on society with their work. Clearly a major figure in her field, she was PhD supervisor for Demis Hassabis, CEO of Deepmind, Google's AI and data lab. Demis Hassabis is an acknowledged major brain himself, a Grand Master at chess at the age of 14.

If you have noticed any contemporary Irish born person among the diaspora now achieving prominence in their field please do add to the Honour Roll.
 
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I could add one of these nominations to the Honour Roll each day, I reckon, and probably not run out for a long, long time.

Patrick and John Collison, 31 years and 29 years respectively, from Dromineer in County Tipperary. The brothers founded Stripe, an internet based digital payments business.

The brothers are now based in San Francisco and enjoy the backing of some real tech sector elephant investors such as Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and Sequioa Capital. The two lads became the world's youngest self made billionaires and recently had their net worth upgraded by Forbes to over $4 billion.

 

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Currently Australia's highest paid Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce from Tallaght, who heads up Quantas, the national airline. He earned AUS$ 24 million in 2018.

 

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Ryan Dunne in New Jersey, Executive Vice President and Group CEO at Verizon Consumer, the massive US telecoms outfit.. born and raised in Dublin.

'Before coming to Verizon, Ronan was chief executive officer of Telefónica UK (O2). While leading O2 UK, the largest wireless operator in the United Kingdom, he significantly improved its growth trajectory through market leadership in brand, customer satisfaction and loyalty. Ronan was previously O2’s chief financial officer in the UK, and prior to that, served as head of finance and deputy to the group chief financial officer of O2.' Ronan Dunne
 

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Two Drumcondra men spring to mind immediately and both in aviation, Willie Walsh and Conor McCarthy although Conor may now be back home he did much of his work overseas.
 

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I don't have absolute confirmation that Dr Kevin Daly, Managing Director and Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs London, 18 year veteran was actually born in Ireland but all the signs are that he is Irish. Dr Daly earned a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MSc in Economics from University College London and a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

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Ironically enough he gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Europe back in 2005.

 

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If this unofficial and informal 'Irish People of Today's Diaspora ' listing starts looking interesting I'll set up a spreadsheet on a shared site somewhere with Names, Location, Job Title, Organisation and Sector so the data can be played with should someone wish to do so.
 

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When I read the OP I initially thought of both Willie Walsh (in the news lately for retiring) and Alan Joyce but these were mentioned in subsequent posts. I think Tony O'Reilly deserves a mention here with his rise to the top at Heinz.
 

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When I read the OP I initially thought of both Willie Walsh (in the news lately for retiring) and Alan Joyce but these were mentioned in subsequent posts. I think Sir Tony O'Reilly deserves a mention here with his rise to the top at Heinz.
Fixed that for you.
 

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I think it reflects poorly on the State when our best and brightest have to go to foreign governments for official recognition.
 

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Samantha Power is another one, born in London to Irish parents, she was raised in Ireland at least for her early years and went on to become the US ambassador to the UN under Obama.

Other candidates might include, media personalities, Terry Wogan, Eamonn Andrews and Fionnuala Sweeney who started in Ireland but went on to larger international roles.
 

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I think it reflects poorly on the State when our best and brightest have to go to foreign governments for official recognition.
Well, I'm familiar with the honours list and it forms part of my work. In fact I have nominated people for honours via the cabinet office system, one of them at least stands a very good chance of being honoured either this summer for the Birthday Honours or in next New Year's crop. There is a bit of an issue with Irish people accepting honours- not from the British point of view at all but with Irish people ourselves.

Some would find it difficult to accept an honour from the British Government. But someone made a very good point to me when I was explaining this gently and I think it was a good point.

If you were an Irish citizen working abroad in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, or anywhere in the world with their own honours system such as the Padma Bushan in India, or the Order of the Golden Stork in Japan (that last may exist, can't recall exactly where) would you turn it down and risk offending the establishment in those countries?

I'm not advocating acceptance or refusal at all. In the unlikely event I was ever in this position I'd really have to think carefully about it. There isn't much risk of this becoming a problem in my life of course but I can see how it would cause angst in some cases.

Quite a few British people turn down honours as they don't believe in such things, find them a bit cringeworthy, or may even have non-monarchic preferences for the politics in their society and feel therefore that they cannot accept honours or the system. Must be a bit of an agoniser for a British person who doesn't believe in royal honours- and there are more than a few around.

Difficult one in terms of etiquette and avoiding offending anyone.
 

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Mr Ian Doyle, another Trinity College graduate, Managing Director at Nomura (front rank investment bank) in New York. Specialises in deals in the FMCG workstream, specifically on the food and beverage sectors. Been working out of New York since 2008. I'm quite impressed by the number of compatriots we have in very senior positions in investment banking, by the way.

 

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I suspect that Conor O'Callaghan, fairly obvious Irish connections as we can all tell fairly immediately, may not be Irish born but is likely to be second generation. He's also a Managing Director at Nomura in New York since 2010. What makes me think he is second generation rather than first is his educational record, a doctorate in law from Fordham and BA, MA from University of Pennsylvania. I choose to include him on the arbitrary basis that he is unlikely to let paddy's day go without a pint :)
 

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Mr Doyle and Mr O'Callaghan are almost certain to know or be aware of each other from the water cooler area at Nomura offices and are likely to be have been in the same room when MDs are being briefed by board members etc on strategic direction and so on.
 

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Just as an aside Managing Directors at the top six investment banks earn on average a high six figure salary plus bonus, with which their earnings usually go above the million per annum. They enjoy a contractual bonus and share of bank profits so the usual earnings level for someone at MD level in the iBanks can be between 1.5m and 3m per annum, with bonuses usually being paid between January and April of each year depending on factors such as overall bank profits a and divisional contribution to the bottom line.

The banks pretty much follow the Goldman organisational model, which will surprise few.

The hierarchy runs:

Partner/board member (likely multimillion earnings per year, ownership share in the bank via share awards. Can often breach the 10m earnings level at the top six iBanks)
Managing Directors (high six figure basic, profit share, bonus), commonly earning in excess of 1m, more often 2m
Executive Directors, more modest six figure basic, contractual bonus, can earn 800k upwards with salary and bonus
Principals/VPs, low six figure basic, contractual bonus, rule of thumb on average across the markets says about 500k-600k
Analysts/Associates like to break the six figure level with salary and bonus. All in in a good year they can earn 250k to 300k
Entry level: Climbing recently but the best math graduates can get a signing on golden hello, and they can earn up to Analyst level fairly quickly.
 

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A Dundalk man, Pearse Lyons who started with minimal resources and became a billionaire. Met him years ago before his untimely death in 2018. Ended up in Kentucky where his intellect payed dividends.
 

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I could add one of these nominations to the Honour Roll each day, I reckon, and probably not run out for a long, long time.

Patrick and John Collison, 31 years and 29 years respectively, from Dromineer in County Tipperary. The brothers founded Stripe, an internet based digital payments business.

The brothers are now based in San Francisco and enjoy the backing of some real tech sector elephant investors such as Peter Thiel, Elon Musk and Sequioa Capital. The two lads became the world's youngest self made billionaires and recently had their net worth upgraded by Forbes to over $4 billion.

Zuckerberg was a billionaire at 23.
 

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Good point, but the Collisons started their company Stripe in 2010, officially, which means Patrick was 22 and his brother 20 at the time. Bear in mind their technology and business plan had serious backing very early on because some major VC funders recognised what they were about.

Also, on a slightly personal note, Zuckerberg is a lying pr1ck, and he is unlikely to be qualified as member of the Irish Diaspora. Which is nice. I'd rather have the Collisons any day :)
 

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Just wanted to point out that Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin Professor Jane Ohlmeyer - Department of History - Trinity College Dublin is someone of note in international academic circles. Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub. She is also the first Humanities academic and I think first female to lead the Irish Research Council. While she is spending quite a lot of time at home I am aware that she is highly regarded outside Ireland. Editor, The Cambridge History of Ireland. The Cambridge History of Ireland edited by Jane Ohlmeyer

Actually born in Zambia but brought up in Belfast.

Declaration of Interest: I have had the honour of meeting Professor Ohlmeyer, and while the name is not Irish, take it from me she is, in the nicest possible way, very definitely ours :)
 


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