The Honorary Patronage of Tom Stoppard and the Honorary Members’ Dinner…

On the 9th of April, the Phil held its Honorary Members’ Dinner, inviting former officers of the society back to the GMB to meet the members of the 324th session. The event coincided with our series of literary Honorary Patronages as part of our Great Authors initiative, so we were delighted to welcome our guest of honour, playwright Tom Stoppard (author of Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead, and co-screenwriter of Shakespear in Love). The dinner, at which Mr Stoppard joined us, took place in the grand surroundings of the Kildare Street and University Club, where former and current officers enjoyed the chance to get to know each other. After a pleasant meal, we adjourned to the Chamber where former Librarians Paul Brennan and Iseult Kirwan were awarded honorary membership, and Mr Stoppard received his Honorary Patronage, addressing a huge crowd of society members on matters relating to the theatre and the philosophy thereof. After a lavish reception, members of the society retired to the Stag’s Head, our traditional haunt, to reminisce about sessions past and present. We’d like to thank Tom Stoppard and all our alumni who attended the dinner, and congratulate Registrar Kiera Healy for organising the event. We hope that the Honorary Members’ Dinner becomes an annual occasion, and will keep our members updated about future events!

Click on the image above to access the complete photogallery for the Hon Mems’ Dinner

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