Daniel Mulhall was born in Waterford and studied modern Irish history and literature at University College Cork.
He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and has had diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels and Edinburgh. He served as Ireland’s Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, London and, since 2017, in Washington. In 1994/95, he was a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation and was part of the Irish Government’s delegation at the negotiations that culminated in the Good Friday Agreement 1998. In 2019, he was awarded the Freedom of the City and County of Waterford and is Honorary President of the Yeats Society.
Daniel Mulhall maintains a deep interest in Irish history and literature, and has published and lectured widely on those topics. He is the author of A New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999) and co-editor of The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment (Dublin, 2016). His latest book, Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey, was published in January 2022 by New Island Books.