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Grace Gelder
Adventures in Self Marriage
Grace Gelder is a London-based photographer and arts workshop facilitator. Since completing an MA in Documentary Photography, she has been photographing and facilitating workshops with a range of clients and groups, often collaborating with charities and organisations that support women’s empowerment and wellbeing. Since her Self Marriage unexpectedly went viral in 2014 she has been bringing her love of ritual, self-awareness and visual conversation into her work with a new understanding of what it means to be in front of a lens. Her photo-shoots promote acceptance of the body in all forms, and her private portrait commissions often utilise therapeutic techniques. Grace’s clients have included Tate, BBC and Wellcome Collection.
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Pat Falvey
You Have The Power
As a world-renowned adventure Pat has lead multi-lingual, multi-cultural teams into the highest, coldest, harshest, most remote and beautiful places on planet earth. Pat also lived with and studied over 20 tribes world-wide, from western man, to nomadic tribes in Africa, to the stone-age tribes in the jungles of West Papua New Guinea. From them, he has discovered fascinating similarities and traits in all of mankind: to challenge, to change, set goals, and to achieve them. Among these various tribes and cultures he has studied what exactly has driven man to succeed since the evolution of our species.
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Diarmuid Lyng
Rooting Tomorrow
Diarmaid Lyng, a former Wexford hurling captain and Primary School Teacher, is regularly seen on TG4 discussing all issues GAA. Diarmaid also co-presented the popular sports radio show 'Off The Ball' on Newstalk. He has worked as a facilitator for the Soar Foundation, a Dublin based collective that encourages teenagers around the country to embrace the best version of themselves and ran the 'Facebook Free February' initiative last year. Diarmaid is also the subject of an RTÉ documentary coming out in October.
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Patrick Sutton
Empowering Artists of Tomorrow
Patrick trained at Dartington College of Arts, graduating with a BA (honours) Theatre and received his MA (Screenwriting) from IADT. He is a former director of Wexford Arts Centre and of Team Educational Theatre Company. He has been director of The Gaiety School of Acting since 1993. He is a founder and director of Smock Alley Theatre-1662 and of Communicate, a communications company working at a senior level in industry, politics and the arts. He was a government appointee to the board of The Arts Council (1997-2005) The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000-2005) and to Culture Ireland (2005-2009). He is board member of The Lisa Richards Agency and until recently was a member of the governing authority of The Dublin Institute of Technology.
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Saffa Musleh
The Look Of The Irish - Redefining the Irish person
Saffa is a learning and development specialist with over a decade of experience in programme design, delivery, evaluation and management. After initially qualifying as a General Nurse in the United Arab Emirates, she moved to Ireland where her work experience panned across government and private sectors. She moved into the field of healthcare training through qualifying as a level 6 FETAC trainer and working with ETBs and FAS healthcare programmes. Her training experience culminated in managing the training needs of Ireland's leading homeware company Comfort Keepers - a company that joined the SODEXO family in September 2015. She started working with Comfort Keepers as an associate trainer in 2007 and was promoted to the position of Training and Business Development Manager in 2013. With a focus on personal development and progress, she qualified as a Life and Business Coach with The Irish Life coach Institute under the supervision of the International Coaching Federation. She has delivered coaching and mentoring to organisations such as The Abbey Theatre as well as individuals on a one to one basis. Her volunteering experience includes working as a non-executive director with First Light, an Irish charity assisting Ireland's suddenly bereaved parents in their grieving process. She joined SODEXO as the Learning and Development Manager in Ireland in April of this year. Her role involves increasing the level of relevant skills and knowledge within the SODEXO workforce through provision of tutor led coaching and training as well as providing learning support to employees. She supports new contract mobilisation and aims to grow excellent relationships between Learning and Development and businesses by working closely with the L&D business partners and business stakeholders to ensure that Learning and Development needs are met.
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Frankie Gaffney
LOOKING AT THE NOVEL: The Importance of Punctuation, Typography, and Spelling to Understanding the Visual Medium of Literature
Frankie Gaffney grew up in Dublin's North Inner-City. His first novel, Dublin Seven, was published to critical acclaim (and controversy) last year. He is currently undertaking research at Trinity College Dublin, analysing literature using linguistics, and trying to beat his addiction (to journalism).
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Mary Reynolds
The Garden awakening
"The Garden Awakening is a garden design book with a difference. Drawing inspiration from long-forgotten Irish ways of working with land, Mary Reynolds re-imagines gardens for the times we live in. She looks at land the way a parent looks at a child. It is a gift and a responsibility. Guiding you to knit three important parts of a puzzle together, you will learn to ask what the land itself wants to become and how to encourage that intention. Secondly, discover how to design a space that connects you through into the flow of universal energy. Finally, the book looks at the need for sustainable living especially growing our own food and how to do that within those first two requirements. Under Mary's gentle guidance you can awaken your garden, nurturing the land to become a beautiful, truthful and magical space, with garden designs that are in harmony with nature. This journey of a lifetime is a simple map that brings yourself and your land to a place of healing, hand in hand. Whether you want to bring the energy and atmosphere of wild places into your own garden or are interested in permaculture and forest gardening, this book will teach you how to embrace your garden as part of your family. Once you read this book, you will never look at your garden in the same way again."
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Simon Cocking
The De-Urbanisation of the Irish Workforce
Simon is Senior Editor at Irish Tech News, and also freelances for Sunday Business Post, The Southern Star, Dublin Globe and other publications. He has been based in Ireland for 20 years. He has founded three companies, and introduced one national sport to the country. Along the way he’s met a lot of great people in Ireland and enjoys working in and writing about the Irish Tech scene. Simon currently lives and works on Cape Clear, West Cork.
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John M. Sweeney
Founder of Suspended Coffees
John Sweeney is a social entrepreneur and kindness coach from Cork, Ireland. He is the founder and Chief Kindness Officer of Suspended Coffees, the global social movement that has positively impacted and changed millions of lives around the world. No stranger to difficult times in his life, John’s mission is to change society one act of kindness at a time. John is an international Speaker, Kindness Coach, and Storyteller. He’s an expert in building social connections for Brands, and has grown his own Suspended Coffees Facebook page to more than a quarter-of-a-million fans with an average weekly post reach of 1.5 million. John lives in Ireland with his wife and four beautiful children, who teach him as much about kindness as anyone else on the planet.
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Ulick Stafford
Survive Your Camp
Ulick Stafford PhD is a father, writer and inventor. Ulick was educated in chemical engineering at University College Dublin and University of Notre Dame. Ulick has worked as a researcher and manager in medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Dr Stafford has written many patents and research papers. Ulick is an experienced public speaker and long-time member of Toastmasters International. Ulick has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Using the nom de plume George Nicholas he wrote Survive your camp based on the application of lessons learned by concentration camp survivors after using the techniques to cope with problems in his own life. He also wrote Improve your Life, a book summarising three motivational classics. In his spare time Ulick grows grapes and makes wine and beer. Ulick also contributes to the debate on global warming. He has written blog articles, newspaper letters, filmed YouTube videos and contributed to radio and public-meeting discussions of the issue. Ulick lives in Adamstown, County Wexford with his partner and his five children.
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