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Nickie Egan presentation

November 26, 2021

We are delighted to bring you a guest blogpost from North Presentation Primary School principal, Nickie Egan. This is the inspirational and heartfelt presentation that Nickie shared at our recent ‘Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope’ event. The response on the day was phenomenal and we are delighted to share Nickie’s words with a […]

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Key messages from ‘Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope’

November 22, 2021

On Friday 12th November, 37 frontline practitioners joined us on-line for our ‘Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope’ event. This uplifting event marked three years since our first facilitated screening of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in 2018. Following an opening address by our CEO, Dr Maeve Hurley, Dr […]

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Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope

November 11, 2021

Today, we are holding an online event to mark three years since our first facilitated screening of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in 2018. Our ‘Attending to Adversity and Connecting with Hope’ virtual event provides a safe space to consolidate the knowledge gained from the documentary to date, to hear […]

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Social workers gather to hear Resilience message of hope

November 5, 2021

Our facilitated screenings of ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ continued with a special online screening for a group of social workers on 11th October 2021. The screening was facilitated by Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, Ag Eisteacht associate and independent social care consultant, and Professor John Devaney, social worker and academic […]

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Ag Eisteacht is shortlisted for Best Community Health Initiative for ‘Relationships Matter’

October 29, 2021

We have been named a finalist in the All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2021 under the Best Community Health Initiative category, sponsored by Healthy Ireland. It’s wonderful to have our work recognised like this on a national level. ‘Relationships Matter: Building ACE Awareness in the Community’ will now go forward with eleven other finalists […]

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Ag Eisteacht provides facilitated Resilience screening to TUS in Thurles

October 14, 2021

On Friday 17th September, we facilitated a screening of the award-winning documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ to a group of nineteen social care students and staff from Technological University of the Shannon’s (TUS) Thurles campus.  It was one of ten, virtual screenings we have planned for this year as […]

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Selfcare in frontline work

October 7, 2021

As part of our series of collaborations with the LifeMatters Academy, Dr Margaret O’ Rourke, clinical psychologist and clinical director of Ag Eisteacht, shares some simple selfcare tips for frontline practitioners here. Margaret has spent her career supporting wellbeing and performance by helping practitioners to manage stress and prevent burnout via her evidence-based programmes. She […]

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Four steps taken by over 4,000 frontline practitioners

October 1, 2021

  We want to share our vision.  It is this: we aspire to an Ireland where all frontline practitioners in Ireland will have the capacity to respond in a sensitive and focussed way when turned to for help.  Why?  Because evidence shows that the quality of the relationship between a practitioner and a client/patient or service user has the potential to enhance […]

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Why relationships matter in schools

September 23, 2021

As human beings, we are primed to relate and connect. Scientific evidence from fields such as infant mental health and neuroscience illustrate that ‘we are wired for connection’, and it is in relationships that we grow and develop.  Positive relationships can help us to feel safe, seen, soothed and understood.  Imagine how important this is […]

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Ag Eisteacht is named a finalist in the Cork Chamber Digital Marketing Awards 2021

September 17, 2021

We are thrilled to have been named a finalist in the Cork Chamber Digital Marketing Awards this week for our online work in leading a relationship-centred approach in frontline practice. Our hashtag, #RelationshipsMatter, has – and always will be – a key part of our campaign to raise awareness of how quality relationships in practice […]

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Heart of Practice reflective workshop

September 10, 2021

On 5th October, Dr Maeve Hurley, our founder and CEO, will host a 2-hour virtual workshop, facilitated by Dr Colm O’ Connor. This is one of several ‘touch points’ created by the Heart of Frontline Practice alliance to support frontline practitioners. This alliance with SHEP (The Social and Health Education Project) and Dr Nicola O’ […]

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ABLE Brief intervention training in Dublin

September 2, 2021

Relationships and human connection stand at the heart of our work so we are excited at the prospect of delivering our training in person again. On 28th September and 12th &13th October, we will be delivering our 3-Day ABLE brief intervention course in person at the Wisdom Centre in Dublin, subject to guidelines. We warmly […]

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Embedding a relationship-centred approach in schools

August 26, 2021

As principals, teachers and SNAs return to school this week and next, it is a perfect time for reconnections and nurturing new relationships. The return to school this academic year will be a significant transition for many, particularly after the disruptions caused by the pandemic. There will be normal transitions, such as moving up a […]

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‘The role of imagination and compassion in frontline work’ – a virtual workshop by Dr Colm O’ Connor

August 13, 2021

Our Heart of Frontline Practice collaboration with the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan continues with a two-hour reflective workshop on Tuesday 5th October from 11am to 1pm. Dr Colm O’ Connor will facilitate the 2-hour workshop via Zoom on ‘The role of imagination and compassion in frontline work’ and […]

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Placing relationships at the heart of every intervention

August 4, 2021

Relationships matter. Evidence shows that relationships are a key social determinant of our health and wellbeing, acting as both a buffer and a risk factor in our lives. When it comes to frontline practice, the quality of the relationships built in healthcare, social care and education settings has a direct impact on health and wellbeing […]

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ABLE4School Leaders – How and why relationships matter in schools

July 29, 2021

ABLE4School Leaders – How and why relationships matter in schools, our new training programme for school leaders, has been endorsed by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL).  We have developed this evidence-informed programme to support principals, deputy principals and aspiring school leaders to take a relationship-centred approach in schools. It is heavily subsidised and based […]

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ABLE Interview

July 23, 2021

You may have seen our past interviews on our ABLE brief intervention training with Karina Healy from the Lantern Project and Nael Saoud from Nasc. Today we speak to one of our own team, Michelle Cogan, who had the opportunity to attend ABLE training soon after joining us. You can see our upcoming ABLE training […]

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Our ACE awareness work is featured in the IPPN’s Leadership+ magazine

July 9, 2021

It was an honour to have our work featured in the May/June issue of the Irish Primary Principal’s Network’s Leadership+ magazine. In a co-authored article, we shared insight into our work in raising awareness of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the role supportive relationships play in protecting against and mitigating the impact of ACEs. Dr […]

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The impact of our ABLE training

July 2, 2021

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We work with frontline practitioners to support their understanding of the powerful impact of positive relationships in practice.  Through our training, advocacy work, collaborations and evaluation work, we see their warm and interested responses. Knowing that relationships are a key social determinate of health and wellbeing is a first step to making a difference in […]

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Develop your ability to nurture positive relationships in practice

June 24, 2021

As a frontline practitioner, have you ever hesitated to engage in a difficult conversation for fear of saying the wrong thing or feeling overwhelmed? The reality is that workload and time pressures, uncertainty around boundaries and the worry that we may be expected to ‘fix’ something, can sometimes limit our ability to respond appropriately. Our […]

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