1999: Professor Alvin Jackson (QUB), ‘J. C. Beckett: politics, faith scholarship’
2000: Professor David Fitzpatrick (TCD), ‘Orangeism in Northern Ireland’
2001: Professor Thomas Bartlett (UCD), ‘Life and opinions of Leonard MacNally: playwright, United Irishman, barrister and informer, 1752-1820’
2003: Professor D. George Boyce (UWS), ‘Lever among the landlords: Charles Lever and the land question in early 19th century Ireland’
2004: Professor R. V. Comerford (NUIM), ‘The cultural politics of “Anglo-Irish” music’
2005: Professor Aidan Clarke (TCD), ‘Keeping up with Henry Jones: a seventeenth century episcopal maverick’
2006: Professor Mary E. Daly (UCD), ‘Easter 1966: a tale of multiple commemorations’
2007: Professor Thomas Charles Edwards (Oxford), ‘Ulster Saga: historigoraphy and history’
2008: Professor Maria Luddy (Warwick), ‘Saving Irish Children: The Early Years of the NSPCC in Ireland’
2009: Professor Cormac O Grada (UCD), 'The Great Irish Famine in comparative perspective'
2010: Professor Nicholas Canny (RIA), 'Ireland and Europe, c 1600-c 1750'
2011: Professor Eamon Duffy (Cambridge University), 'The Historian and Religion'
2012: Professor Roy Foster (University of Oxford), ''The Making of a Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, c 1890-1916'
2013: Dr Guy Beiner (Ben Gurion University), 'Regenerating Ulster: memory, persistence, effacement and the reinvention of historical tradition'.