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Collaboration sessions with Social Care Ireland open to book

April 23, 2021

photo of Nicola O Sullivan with Ag Eisteacht and Social Care Ireland logos

A collaboration with Social Care Ireland to reflect on the impact of unexpected change and transition in social care work When Social Care Ireland invited us to collaborate with them to support their members with two reflective practice sessions, we were delighted to do this. Our associate, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, an experienced facilitator and […]

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Recognising the power of relationships in frontline practice

April 12, 2021

relationships in frontline practice

We continue our collaboration with Dr Margaret O’ Rourke from the Life Matters Academy to explore how awareness of the precious role relationships play in frontline practice is vital to outcomes. Our tagline, ‘Relationships in Practice’, recognises that the relationship between the client and the practitioner is at the heart of every intervention. Each such […]

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Bookings now open for Heart of Frontline Practice seminar

April 7, 2021

We are excited to announce that bookings for ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ national seminar on Tuesday 25th May are now open. This second national virtual seminar by the Heart of Frontline Practice collaborative group promises to be a stimulating and inspiring experience for all frontline practitioners seeking time and space to reflect on […]

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Easter Wishes

April 1, 2021

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy Easter to all.  We are mindful that we may not be spending this day as we usually would, but we are also hopeful.  Easter has always been a time for fresh hope, with beautiful signs of new life all around us in nature. We […]

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Resilience screenings fully booked for 2021

March 29, 2021

Our invitation to organisations within health, social care, and education to collaborate with us to view the ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’, documentary has been a resounding success. All of our scheduled virtual screenings have now been booked or reserved for 2021, and we have even added some additional dates […]

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GPs attend Medcafe webinar on why relationships in practice matter

March 25, 2021

Dr Maeve Hurley, founder, and CEO of Ag Eisteacht, was honoured to be invited by the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network (WiMIN) to present a webinar on 3rd March to an audience of general practitioners and other medics via MedCafe, a series of on-line webinars for GPs.  As a member of WiMIN and a […]

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Heart of Frontline Practice group supports PSYCHED

March 23, 2021

Heart of Frontline Practice (HOFP), a collaborative initiative comprising Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and SHEP (The Social and Health Education Project) is working in alliance with PSYCHED, a Healthy Cities and Counties programme to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. During this month and April, HOFP is facilitating four 2-hour, free, […]

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Relationships in practice are key

March 18, 2021

On this Social Prescribing Day, we salute all frontline practitioners in healthcare, social care, education and community roles for taking a person-centred and relationship-centred approach in their work. It’s in relating that we can truly understand the thoughts, concerns, wishes and hopes of others. By being truly present and attuned, by listening actively and reflectively, […]

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Mother’s Day

March 12, 2021

On this Mothering Sunday, we bring to mind all mothers. It is a day to show our gratitude and to honour the role mothers play in our lives. But we are also mindful that this may be a difficult day for many, and not everyone will be sending or receiving a Mother’s Day card today. […]

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How to BUFFER pressure and stress during the back-to-school transition

March 1, 2021

Pressure and stress are a normal part of a teacher’s life, but as teachers and SNAs make the transition from remote teaching back to school, we are mindful of the additional stress and challenges they face as they work to re-establish connections and rebuild relationships. While the physical aspects of returning to school are essential […]

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Thank you to all frontline practitioners ❤️

February 26, 2021

On Ireland’s National Thank You Day, we want to thank frontline practitioners working in all disciplines within healthcare, social care, justice, education and community.  We are grateful for the work you do in enhancing the lives of individuals, families and the wider community.  Thank you for your:   Amazing commitment to your work Loyalty to […]

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Dr Maeve Hurley to present a webinar at MedCafe

February 25, 2021

On Wednesday 3rd March, Dr Maeve Hurley, CEO of Ag Eisteacht, will present a webinar to an audience of general practitioners via MedCafe, a series of on-line webinars for GPs. This is in association with the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network (WiMIN), an organisation that promotes, supports and encourages female doctors and medical students […]

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An interview with Dr Margaret O’Rourke

February 18, 2021

Dr Margaret O’Rourke is a practicing Clinical Psychologist, researcher and medical educator. She is also a board member and Clinical Director of Ag Eisteacht. After graduating from University College Cork (UCC), she completed a Masters in Psychological Medicine at the School of Medicine University of Glasgow and a doctorate in Forensic Clinical Psychology at Surrey […]

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Ag Eisteacht appoints clinical director

February 4, 2021

Dr Margaret O’Rourke, a board member of Ag Eisteacht, is extending her support by taking on a clinical directorship role with us alongside her other work. A practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and medical educator, Dr O’ Rourke is director of Behavioural Science at the School of Medicine at University College Cork, where she leads on […]

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Why being listened to matters

February 3, 2021

There is no doubt that lockdown is an exceptionally challenging time. In the absence of physical presence, an empathetic listening ear can help.  Just being listened to can help to ‘normalise’ feelings of concern, giving a sense of shared humanity and shared experience. A good listening ear can help us to make sense of how […]

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Join our team as Marketing & Office Administration Assistant

January 22, 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly organised and creative individual to join us as a Marketing & Office Administrative Assistant.  As well as administrative duties to support our training programmes, advocacy work, collaborations and evaluations, we are looking for someone with good social media skills and experience to support our marketing strategy. This is a wonderful opportunity for a warm and diligent person to work with […]

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2021 Resilience screenings to support ACE awareness

January 20, 2021

As licence holders of the award-winning documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’, we are inviting interested organisations within health, social care and education to collaborate with us to view the documentary in what will be safe and supportive spaces. We are holding ten facilitated screenings as part of our advocacy […]

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2021 ABLE Training Dates Now Open

January 14, 2021

Our 2021 ABLE training dates are now open for booking. Join us to develop your understanding of how the relationships you build in your daily routine practice will impact positively on health & wellbeing outcomes for your patients and service users/clients. Using our ABLE brief intervention model (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen & Empower), […]

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Ag Eisteacht highlights the power of relationships during Covid-19

January 13, 2021

(Originally published March 20th, 2020) Irish charity, Ag Eisteacht, is usually busy training frontline staff to recognise the importance of relationship–building in practice. The team has trained over 3,000 frontline workers to date with the skills to adopt a relationship-centred approach.    With the charity’s current training schedule for healthcare workers, teachers and others on the frontline postponed for now, Ag Eisteacht is highlighting that good relationships are good for our health […]

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Ag Eisteacht supports ACE awareness in North Presentation Primary School

January 6, 2021

(Originally published 13th February 2020) Our screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ for staff at North Presentation Primary School in Gerald Griffin Street, on the 12th February, was a moving and insightful experience for all. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the […]

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