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A gathering of community workers to highlight the power of responsive relationships

May 20, 2019

A gathering of community workers to highlight the power of responsive relationships On Thursday 16th May we gathered community and voluntary workers in partnership with Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme (YKABC) at Northridge House. The aim of the event was to facilitate a discussion on building resilience in the community by raising awareness of […]

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An interview with Karina Healy, the Lantern Project

May 9, 2019

An interview with Karina Healy, the Lantern Project Karina Healy, community development co-ordinator with the Lantern Project at Nano Nagle Place in Cork, recently took part in our three-day ABLE brief intervention training. She describes her role as ensuring ‘love and welcome’ to those coming to the Lantern, where vulnerable people are given space to […]

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Placing the person at the centre of care – a shared relational approach

May 2, 2019

Placing the person at the centre of care – a shared relational approach ‘Enhancing quality of life in unrestricted healthcare environments’ was the theme of this year’s annual conference run by St Luke’s and Northridge House Education & Research Centre on 11th – 12th April.  The theme reflects current legislation which places an obligation on […]

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ABLE4Teachers Training: Booking now open

April 15, 2019

ABLE4Teachers Training: Booking now open We are taking expressions of interest for a summer course for primary school teachers in Laois from the 1st -5th July at Laois Education Centre in Portlaoise, following our Cork course selling out. Our DES-approved ABLE4Teachers training aims to foster well-being in the school community, equipping teachers with the skills and […]

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Five tips for building more responsive relationships with service users

April 10, 2019

Five tips for building more responsive relationships with service users As a frontline worker you will find that the relationship between you and the client is a key element of the process of engaging and working with them. Connecting with and actively engaging your clients will make them feel at ease when they link with […]

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An invitation to attend a Masterclass on a relational approach in an elderly care setting

April 2, 2019

An invitation to attend a Masterclass on a relational approach in an elderly care setting Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, will present a Masterclass exploring the potential of a relational approach to enhance the quality of life for older people. The Masterclass is one of two taking place at Northridge House Education and […]

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Relational and Developmental Trauma

March 28, 2019

Relational and Developmental Trauma by Trish Hurley, Ag Eisteacht trainer I recently attended a two-day training course organised by Caidreamh and facilitated by specialist clinical psychologist, Dr Karen Treisman on Relational and Developmental Trauma. Karen was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship Travel Award and was named the 2018 Psychology Professional of the Year Award […]

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Ag Eisteacht highlights the importance of a relational approach in healthcare

March 11, 2019

Ag Eisteacht highlights the importance of a relational approach in healthcare Dr Maeve Hurley, our founder and CEO, has been invited to speak at the Royal College of Physicians Ireland’s (RCPI) Quality in Healthcare Summit at No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin on Friday 22nd March 2019. Up to 300 healthcare professionals, including frontline staff, managers and policy […]

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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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