Bill Power

Bill Power - Author HistorianBill Power is an historian and international award-winning photographer who spent two decades exploring the Munster Blackwater, often referred to in the 19th century as ‘The Irish Rhine’. His book “The Blackwater – History and Images from the Irish Rhine” captures the history, spirit and beauty of the River Blackwater. Bill said that as his voyages of discovery on foot, by air and by road increased “so did my appreciation of this river, which has a beauty and fascination that exceeded all my expectations.” He is an author of 17 books, among his best known works is ‘White Knights, Dark Earls and the Rise and Fall of an Anglo-Irish Dynasty’.

Twitter / X: @brigobhann

Amanda Neri


Amanda Neri

Amanda Neri is a classically trained Opera Singer. She has travelled extensively and experienced varied cultural approaches to her music. At Immrama, she will share some insights on her experiences while being on the road as a performer through story and song. She has written musicals, songs, short stories and poetry. She also has two books ready for publishing. A rare cultural experience awaits you.

Twitter / X: @IrishBellaVoce

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Bridget Ashton

Bridget AshtonBridget Ashton is an explorer, mother, writer and photographer. Her writing has been described as “Travel writing which is utterly authentic and restlessly curious”. Cold War, Warm Hearts published in 2023 is an account of a year’s solo travelling, on foot, behind the Iron Curtain in 1966. Hit the Road, Gals published 2024, talks about travelling in the sixties.

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Tommie Gorman

Tommie GormanTommie Gorman was a journalist with the Irish Times and was a former Northern Ireland editor for RTÉ and is one of Ireland’s most respected journalists. He has reported on many major national and international news stories. At Immrama, Tommie will talk about his warm and fascinating memoir: Never Better: My Life in Our Times.

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Dom Joly

Dom JolyDom Joly forged a successful career as not only a comedian and TV personality but also as a travel writer and columnist for top publications. He grew up in Beirut and went to school with Osama bin Laden. Dom’s most recent book is The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World’s Most Unlikely Holiday Destination. Dom’s presentation at Immrama promises an evening of fun and laughter.

Twitter / X: @domjoly

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Michael Harding

Michael Harding AuthorMichael Harding is an active writer of novels, memoirs, poetry and plays and is a regular columnist with the Irish Times. He is currently presenting a podcast on about faith in a secular world. He played the Bull McCabe in J.B. Keane’s play “The Field” at the Gaiety. He is a master-storyteller and delivers stories with great humour, warmth and honesty. An evening with Michael will not disappoint.

Twitter / X: @hardingmichael

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Dr. Matthew Jebb

Matthew JebbMatthew Jebb’s talk: In search of the Gardens of Eden through travelling for plants.

Matthew speaks at Immrama 2023 on understanding that the lives of plants all hangs on the same need to travel to see them in their native haunts, much as in the days of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace.

Matthew is a botanist and the director of the National Botanic Gardens. He studied as a taxonomist (biologist that groups organisms into categories) at Oxford University. He later lived in Papa New Guinea where he was involved in many collecting expeditions and the naming of numerous species.

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Isabel Conway

Isabel ConwayIsabel Conway is a multi-award winning travel writer, the 2022 long haul Ireland Travel Extra Travel journalist of the year, and three-time past winner of the overall award. She has also been a winner and commended in the British Guild of Travel Writers annual awards in recent years. With a passion for discovering new places, people, and interesting experiences she has chronicled stand-out moments in her award-winning travel articles. In Varanasi India, she was intensely moved by a Ganges Hindu cremation, In poverty-stricken Malawi, she met feisty women who set up a co-op to feed their families. On a little boat on the same lake travelled by Dr David Livingstone in Zambia, watched by hippos and crocodiles, the outboard motor cut out. Oars luckily were aboard. Other memorable trips were following the Silk Road in remote Uzbekistan, enjoying a five-hour-long Georgian Supra feast, a 3 -day horse trek in the Canadian Rockies, and a surf lesson in Hawaii.

A fluent Dutch speaker, Isabel worked as a news and features writer for Irish and European print and broadcast media whilst based in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Belgium. Her Ireland outlets include the travel pages of The Business Post, Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, Irish Daily Mail, and Irish Examiner. She also contributes regularly to RTE One Radio World Report.

Isabel Conway’s talk: Some insights into the life and times of Ireland’s most celebrated travel writer, Lismore Co Waterford native the late Dervla Murphy, who pioneered a fearless and intrepid go-it-alone attitude to travel.

True to her convictions, with an almost resolute disregard for danger, her innate curiosity propelled Dervla Murphy to seek out the new and unknown, setting out from her home here in Lismore to undertake extraordinary journeys for more than half a century.

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Tomi Reichental

Tomi ReichentalTomi’s talk: Holocaust survivor of Bergen Belsen concentration camp living in Ireland.

“Experiences as a child prisoner and author of “I was a boy in Bergen Belsen

Tomi’s story is a story of the past. It is also a story for our times. The Holocaust reminds us of the dangers of racism and intolerance, providing lessons from the past that are relevant today. In Tomi’s words “The Holocaust didn’t start with cattle wagons and gas chambers, but with whispers, taunts, daubing, abuse, and finally murder. One of the lessons we must learn is to respect difference and reject all forms of racism and discrimination.”

Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Piestany Slovakia. In 1944 he was captured and deported to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp with his mother, grandmother, brother, aunt, and cousin. When he was liberated on the 15th of April 1945, he discovered that 35 members of his extended family were murdered, Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins died in the Holocaust.

For 60 years, Tomi didn’t speak of his experiences “not because I didn’t want to, but because I couldn’t.” Since breaking his silence, he has been on a mission of remembrance. Tomi has lived in Dublin since 1959. Since 2004 when Tomi began to speak about his experiences, he travels up and down the country twice a week to talk to Leaving Cert students.

In October 2011 Tomi’s first book was published “I Was a Boy in Belsen” He is now in the process of writing his second book. The latest project for Tomi was fulfilled with the premiere of his second film “Close to Evil” which had its premiere at the 25th Galway International film festival where the film earned 2nd place in the documentary feature, also directed by Gerry Gregg.

So, why has 84-year-old Tomi Reichental, after 60 years of unbroken silence and 45 years of residential anonymity in a quiet cul-de-sac in Rathgar, embarked on his public mission of remembrance? As one of only 2 Holocaust survivors left in Ireland, Tomi is mindful that the horrors of the Holocaust will soon pass from memory to history. The words of Paddy Fitzgibbon at the unveiling of the only Holocaust memorial in Ireland at Listowel, Co. Kerry are imprinted on Tomi’s consciousness:

“Our generation, and the generation after us, will be the last that will be able to say that we stood and shook the hands of some of those who survived. Go home from this place and tell your children your grandchildren and great-grandchildren that today in Listowel, you looked into eyes that witnessed the most cataclysmic events ever unleashed by mankind upon mankind. Tell them that you met people who will still be remembered and still talked about and still wept over 10.000 years from now – because if they are not, there will be no hope for us at all. The Holocaust happened and it can happen again, and every one of us, if only for our own sense of self-preservation, has a solemn duty to ensure that nothing like it ever occurs again”.

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Lara Marlowe

Lara MarloweLara Marlowe will talk about her memoir “Love in a Time of War, My Years with Robert Fisk” and about what she has learned from more than 40 years of journalism, including the 15 years she worked alongside the late Robert Fisk.

Lara Marlowe was a foreign correspondent for The Irish Times from 1996 until her official retirement in April of 2023. She will continue to freelance for the Irish Times and other outlets for the foreseeable future.

Lara has worked extensively in France, the Middle East, and the US, and made two long reporting trips to Ukraine in 2021. Before the Irish Times, she wrote for Time Magazine, the Financial Times, and the International Herald Tribune.

Lara has covered many of the major events of our time, including four French presidents, the first term of Barack Obama and conflicts in Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied territories, former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia and the Central African Republic.

Lara has received four awards for her work for The Irish Times, and holds degrees from UCLA, the Sorbonne and Oxford. France made her a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for her contribution to Franco-Irish relations.

Lara published the best-selling memoir Love in a Time of War, My Years with Robert Fisk at the end of 2021. At Immrama, she will talk about what she has learned from more than 40 years of journalism, including the 15 years she worked alongside the late Robert Fisk.

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About Lismore Immrama

Immrama is held in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, on a weekend in June each year since 2003. Immrama has been dedicated to the art of Travel Writing, Good Music, and Fine Entertainment since its inception. Over the centuries many people have made journeys to and from Lismore and we hope that you will enjoy your lmmram in Lismore.

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