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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

International Women’s Day Today is International Women’s Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We are marking the day by celebrating our in-house talent and our amazing trainers who support our work and our values every day. As a small charity with a big vision to give […]

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Why no child should be excluded from society

February 28, 2019

Why no child should be excluded from society Ben Lomasney, our marketing assistant, shares how the Irish Times’ ‘No Child 2020’ initiative has resonated with him and how important it is that children growing up in poverty have equal opportunities to reach their full potential: When most people think of the word “poverty” they may […]

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The ripple effect of being kind

February 17, 2019

The ripple effect of being kind To mark Random Acts of Kindness Day, we have caught up with Siobhán O’ Brien, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing, North Lee Community Care Services, to talk about a kindness initiative that aims to send ripples of compassion throughout the HSE, impacting positively on staff, patients, service users […]

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Second ABLE open course launched

February 15, 2019

Second ABLE open course launched Due to high demand from practitioners across all healthcare and social care disciplines, we are holding a second open ABLE course in Cork in May. ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) brief intervention training offers a framework and skills to help you to engage with, understand, listen […]

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Why we love practitioners

February 14, 2019

Why we love practitioners St Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time to express love and affection to people in our lives. It’s a day to celebrate good relationships and to appreciate how they can strengthen our health and well-being. Given that our work is all about supporting practitioners to build responsive relationships, we thought we […]

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Our ABLE training empowers practitioners at Hospital Family Resource Centre

February 11, 2019

Recognising that the quality of relationships is a key determinant of health and well-being, a group of staff and volunteers from Hospital Family Resource Centre in Limerick gathered recently for a booster training session following our tailored 3-day ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) training last year. Mary McGrath, FRC co-ordinator, said: […]

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UCC Alumni Spotlight – Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht

February 7, 2019

UCC Alumni Office connects alumni of University College Cork and organises a series of events for alumni throughout Ireland and around the world to connect. It was great to see our founder, Dr Maeve Hurley, featured in their regular ‘Spotlight’ feature this week. A UCC graduate, Maeve shares some lovely memories of her time as […]

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We are hiring!

January 30, 2019

Full Time Office and Training Administrator: We have an exciting opportunity for a warm and efficient individual to join our team as a Full Time Office and Training Administrator. As demand for our relational training for frontline practitioners grows across the health, education, social, youth and community sectors, we are looking for administrative support for […]

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My journey to becoming a reflective practitioner

January 24, 2019

My journey to becoming a reflective practitioner I was honoured to get an invitation from Dr Sinead Murphy, director of education and professional development of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, at the RCPI’s annual St Luke’s Symposium in Dublin in October. Under the title, ‘Attuned and Present -the value of adopting a relational approach […]

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Supporting Cork Simon

January 10, 2019

Staff from Northridge Education Centre joined us for some festive fun at our annual Christmas Jumper Day held on Wednesday 19th December. As well as working our way through masses of chocolates and other goodies, we collectively raised €235 for Cork Simon to support the homeless in Cork. It was a great opportunity for all […]

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A Christmas Wish for you

December 21, 2018

The Ag Eisteacht Team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Christmas filled with things that really matter like family, friends, supportive relationships and happy times. We would also like to thank you all for your support and interest in Ag Eisteacht and we wish you joy, peace and restful days ahead. […]

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Festive Gatherings!

December 14, 2018

One of the joys of the Christmas season is gathering our head office team together for a festive night out. After a very busy year involving a heavy training schedule, an office move and other changes, we all welcomed the opportunity to spend relaxed time together. On Wednesday 19th December, we have another team event […]

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Ready, willing and ABLE to support Ireland’s frontline healthcare practitioners

December 6, 2018

Early bird tickets for our 2019 open ABLE training course in Cork are now available. Designed to support Ireland’s frontline health and social care practitioners, our ABLE training (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) helps practitioners to build more responsive relationships with their clients. The CPD approved, evidence-based training gives doctors, nurses, social […]

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Ag éisteacht le Maeve

November 26, 2018

Our founder, Dr Maeve Hurley, took to the airwaves recently to talk about the work of Ag Eisteacht and what inspired her to start the charity. Anna Daly, a presenter with LifeFM, a radio broadcasting to Cork City on 93.1FM, chatted to Maeve about her vision and the difference our training can make on health […]

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Ag Eisteacht Strengthens Senior Management Team 

November 22, 2018

We are delighted to welcome Susan O’ Mahony, who has joined Ag Eisteacht as operations and relationships manager. A professional executive coach, with over twenty years’ management experience in the not-for-profit sector, Susan previously worked for the National Museum of Ireland.  She holds an MA in Human Resource Management and an MSc in Personal and […]

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Spring 2019 Open Courses now Available

November 16, 2018

As a trusted practitioner, we know that your clients may turn to you when they are worried or would value our support. At Ag Eisteacht, our training enhances your ability to engage with your clients, build rapport and to respond more effectively, particularly during times of change or distress. Due to high demand, our 3 […]

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Ag Eisteacht to present workshop at Unity Conference 2018

November 12, 2018

On Tuesday 13th November, our founder, Dr Maeve Hurley, and Ag Eisteacht trainer and social care professional, Leon Ledwidge, will present a workshop at the fifth annual international Unity Through Relationships Conference held at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Unity Through Relationship –  Attachment, Resilience & Hope: Exploring […]

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Commended at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2018

November 2, 2018

On Wednesday 17th October members of our team travelled to Dublin for the Irish Healthcare Awards 2018, held at The Clayton Hotel in Burlington Road, Dublin. Shortlisted under the ‘Patient Organisation Project of the Year’ category, we were delighted to receive a ‘Commended’ for our ABLE training programme. Hosted by Irish Medical Times and its […]

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A Narrative of Hope at our Resilience Event

October 26, 2018

Our ‘Resilience’ event at Nano Nagle Place on Wednesday 24th October was a resounding success, with front-line practitioners from health, education, social, youth and community sectors attending. We were delighted to welcome Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Thomas Moloney, along with our guest speaker, Dr Nicola O’Sullivan and panellists, Martin O’Connor and Áine Cahill. The event […]

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Maeve Invited to speak at the Royal College of Physicians’ annual St Luke’s Symposium in Dublin

October 19, 2018

Dr Maeve Hurley, our founder and CEO, was invited to speak at the Royal College of Physicians’ annual St Luke’s Symposium in Dublin on Friday 19th October. Under the title, ‘Attuned and Present -The value of adopting a relational approach in practice’, she shared insight into how practitioners can establish boundaries, manage time and attend […]

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