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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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Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

December 22, 2020

(Originally published December 12th, 2019) We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Caidreamh and SHEP to host a one-day, innovative seminar for frontline practitioners and managers on Thursday 21st May 2020 from 9am-4pm at Northridge House, Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork. The seminar marks the first step of a new initiative exploring focused […]

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A star in the making

December 17, 2020

The time has come to wish Stacey Walsh, our Communications and Relations Executive, the very best as she leaves Ag Eisteacht today to take the next step on her career journey.   Stacey joined us in early 2018, bringing over five years’ sales and customer service experience with her, following a BSc degree in International Development […]

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Dr Maeve Hurley to present keynote speech at OMEP Ireland Conference 2019

December 16, 2020

Originally published on December 6th, 2019.  On Saturday 9th November, Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, will present a keynote speech at OMEP Ireland’s annual conference at Cork Institute of Technology. OMEP is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation concerned with all aspects of early childhood education and care. The title of this year’s […]

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Tuning into audiologists to support reflective practice

December 9, 2020

Originally published on November 28th, 2019.  ‘ABLE2Listen’, our bespoke training course specifically designed for audiologists, has been approved for 16.5 CPD points by The Irish Academy of Audiology (IAA), the professional body for audiologists in Ireland, for its members.  The course was also shortlisted under the ‘Patient Organisation Project of the Year’ category in the […]

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Virtual Seminar Highlights Need for Further Frontline Support

December 7, 2020

‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’, a virtual seminar for frontline practitioners held on Thursday 26th November attracted an audience of doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, as well as teachers, social workers and practitioners in community-based roles. Organised by Dr Maeve Hurley from Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and Jim Sheehan […]

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Key Messages from our Workshop Facilitators

November 27, 2020

Key Messages from our Workshop Facilitators We promised to share some key messages from our workshop facilitators at yesterday’s ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ seminar. Thank you to all of our wonderful workshop facilitators who provided a safe space for learning and connection yesterday. Sr Stanislaus led a workshop in “Journey into Mindfulness/Meditation” […]

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Waiting List Opens for ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ Seminar

November 25, 2020

Although now fully booked, a waiting list for the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ seminar on Thursday 26th November 2020 is now open in case of any cancellations. Over 70 frontline practitioners have signed up to this event which aims to provide a safe space for participants to reflect on how their work […]

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Interactive Workshops Announced for Virtual Seminar

November 6, 2020

Interactive workshops announced for virtual seminar Details of five facilitated, interactive workshops are available below. These will form part of the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ virtual seminar on 26th November. The seminar is a collaborative initiative by Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) to […]

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Keynote Speaker Announced

October 30, 2020

Keynote Speaker Announced We are delighted to announce Dr Caroline Elton as our keynote speaker for the  ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ seminar on Thursday 26th November 2020. This is the second in a series of collaborative initiatives by Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and SHEP to raise awareness of the perception […]

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We Are Hiring

October 31, 2019

Part Time Office Administrative Assistant: We have an exciting opportunity for a warm and efficient individual to join our team as a Part Time Office Administrative Assistant. Our focus is on developing practitioners’ ability to build relationships and maintain professional boundaries.  As demand for our training grows, we are looking for an experienced Office Administrative […]

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