Bigger, Better, McDreamier


From top: Kilkenomics founder David McWilliams; Pitchenomics

David McWilliams’ Kilkenomics,  the world’s only economics festival to bring together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with the funniest stand-up comedians, returns to Kilkenny in November.

Sarah Corkery writes:

Returning this year are firm favourites Yanis Varoufakis, economist and former Greek Finance Minister; Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times; Martín Lousteau, former Argentine Ambassador to the US and former finance minister; Mehreen Khan and Robert Shrimsley of the FT.

Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy Advertising; and Pippa Malmgren, former economic adviser to George W Bush. 2017’s new contributors joining the festival party are Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank of Ireland; Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator of the Financial Times; Harald Malmgren, senior aide to four US Presidents and two Senators; Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics; Katie Martin of the Financial Times; Marie Hicks, author of Programmed Inequality; Marla Dukharan, chief economist of Bitt Inc. and Caribbean economic expert; Mihir Desai, professor of finance at Harvard Business School, Steve Moore of think tank, Volteface; and Rafael Behr, political economist with the Guardian

Fuelling the funny and confirmed thus far for 2017 are comedians Andrew Maxwell, Ardal O’Hanlon, Gerry Stembridge, Colm O’ Regan and Karl Spain and our regular and much loved contributors returning again this year include Bill Black, US bank regulator, Cormac Lucey,  Steve Keen, Pinchas Landau, Dearbhail McDonald, group business editor of Independent News and Media; author Joris Luyendijk, Liam Halligan, Linda Yueh, Peter Antonioni, Simon Kuper and Sinead Ryan.

For businesses looking for a ‘life- changing’ opportunity Pitchenomics @Kilkenny is a new proposition for 2017 that gives Irish start-ups/SMEs a chance to fast-track their business development through investments of up to €100,000 and access to a network of investors, mentors and customers.


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25 thoughts on “Bigger, Better, McDreamier

      1. Mcwills

        Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank of Ireland will also make an appearance. Bring your abacus .#Kilkegnomic

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      That they become ‘celebs’ and festival-proprietors hints at their need to make a living outside of their core work. Is that just greed, or diversification?

  1. Jim Bob Julius

    Ah good old David McWilliams. The guy is about as entertaining as you would expect an economist to be. Up there with homeopaths and psychics.

    As for the ‘comedians’ – Karl Spain? Seriously? Fr. Dougal? Andrew Maxwell?

    The most surprising thing about this is that they actually sell tickets to this.

  2. nellyb

    why NHL? GAA t-shirts would’ve been better fit for location.
    Kilkenny hurlers should take offence, lol :-)

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