Léacht de hÍde is named for Douglas Hyde, the first president and co-founder of the Gaelic League (1893), the first Professor of Irish in UCD (1909) and the first President of Ireland (1938). The underlying theme of this annual lecture series is "Leaders and Learning", highlighting leading Irish figures in society who knew the value of Irish culture, language, literature and scholarship. The lecture is held annually in UCD in collaboration with the National University of Ireland.
Léacht de hÍde 2019 was given by Douglas Hyde scholar Professor Liam Mac Mathúna (UCD):
In 2018, the inaugural lecture was given bilingually by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins: 'The Legacy of Douglas Hyde'.
Nuala Sealy (Hyde's grandchild) was able to attend the inaugural lecture, making it a very special event, bringing the grandchild of the first President together with the current President - both of whom understand the wealth of heritage and culture in Irish and in UCD.