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Enable Conference

October 27, 2016

Challenge to Opportunity Enable Ireland Annual Conference We were delighted to exhibit at the wonderful ” Challenge to Opportunity” Enable Conference yesterday with more than 260 people in attendance. Throughout the day we met so many interesting people. Maeve and Cliodhna hosted two workshops in the afternoon which were both full with engaging and experienced participants […]

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Mental Health Week

October 10, 2016

Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day which marks the beginning of Mental Health Week. “The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world” (Seechange.ie, 2016) The theme for this year’s WMHD is ‘psychological first […]

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Managing Anger workshop

October 10, 2016

4 members of the Ag Eisteacht team enjoyed a stimulating and insightful two day workshop delivered by Dr. Fergus Heffernan. The title of this workshop was Managing Anger. Our CEO Maeve shared her thoughts about the workshop: “We were informed about brain science and our response to anger .Theidea that anxiety underlies a lot of […]

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3 Day Relational Training Ag Eisteacht- My Experience.

October 3, 2016

Having worked for six months with Ag Eisteacht I had some insight into what to expect from the 3 Day Relational Training offered by Ag Eisteacht.  However, my expectations were surpassed. From the beginning of the first day I was struck by the variety of backgrounds of the participants and the wealth of knowledge and experience […]

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Welcome to the team Andrea!

September 22, 2016

Following Andrea’s completion of her placement in Ag Eisteacht as part of her Masters we are delighted to formally welcome her to the Ag Eisteacht team as our new Marketing Executive. Andrea is currently in the midst of undertaking our 3 day relational well-being training. As a Social Science graduate with knowledge of the pressures […]

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Upcoming Autumn Courses close to fully booked!

September 12, 2016

We’re delighted to announce that our upcoming Brief Encounters training in Cork is completely sold out.  We have one remaining place for our Dublin course which begins on the 20th of September. Click here to avail of this place. We look forward to welcoming all our Cork participants tomorrow the 13th of September! We trust […]

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Preparing for Life Results

September 8, 2016

The PFL Preparing for Life longitudinal study releases exciting positive results at UCD conference. We attended the PFL Conference at UCD’s Sutherland School of Law where the significant results of the ten year Preparing for Life Study were presented. The study designed, implemented and evaluated an early intervention programme, to combat the problem that more than […]

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Paternity Leave

August 31, 2016

From tomorrow, the 1st of September, every employer in Ireland must offer new dads two weeks’ paternity leave following the birth or adoption of a child. This is hugely momentous for all families, particularly first time parents in light of the transition from partners to parents. Paternity leave is significant in terms of new parents […]

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Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People – National bulletin

August 29, 2016

We’re delighted to be featured in the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People’s National Bulletin this month. This service envisages one clear pathway to services for children with disabilities, according to need. Click here to read more.  (Our piece starts at the bottom of page 2!)   

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The Leaving Certificate is a roller coaster ride

August 18, 2016

The leaving cert is a roller coaster ride for families. Brendan Mills whose daughter did the leaving cert this year and is our lead trainer on the Homeless Initiative Brief Encounters jotted down some of his thoughts on the experience. If you have a child who has just completed the leaving cert then you are […]

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UCC Adult Continuing Education

August 15, 2016

We are delighted to be teaming up with the UCC Adult Continuing Education programme to offer an informative and interactive short course ‘Inter-parental conflict: Why, when, how to manage’. If you want to learn more about the causes of parental conflict and its effect on children then this course is perfect for you. The content […]

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Upcoming Autumn Courses

July 28, 2016

Coming up in autumn 2016 We have had great interest in our Brief encounters courses from a range of workers in front line practice, particularly in health, social, and community sectors. Feedback highlights that people value the brief intervention model and skills they acquire as well as the opportunities to reflect on practice and their role. Our open […]

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Youth Homelessness

July 21, 2016

Following the recent press release by The Children’s Rights Alliance the Ag Eisteacht team welcomes the child homelessness summit which was led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone. The Minister is well placed to address the issues surrounding the use of commercial hotels to house families, and the problem of […]

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Inaugural Teachers Summer Course Opens in Laois to a Full House

July 5, 2016

‘Skills for Listening to and Supporting those in the School Community’ We are very pleased to be delivering our new summer course for teachers ‘Skills for Listening to and Supporting those in the School Community’ in two education centres this year, namely Laois and Cork City (some places available July 11th to 15th). The five day skills […]

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Active Listening Course 11th May 2016

June 30, 2016

On the 11th of May we held a hugely successful Ag Eisteacht4Business Active Listening course in the Castletroy Hotel in Limerick.  Participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds including: Hospitality, Retail, Human Resource Management & Business Consultancy.  The variety of backgrounds made for lively and informative discussions and scenarios to work with during the […]

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Congratulations to our Brief Encounters Participants!

June 27, 2016

Our trainers, Maeve Hurley and Brendan Mills were delighted to present the most recent Cork Brief Encounters participants with their Certificate of Attendance at the end of their course. We were delighted to have frontline workers from a variety of backgrounds on this course, including Development Officers, Homeless Sector Staff, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Community […]

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Building Resilience Training day

June 20, 2016

Recently the Ag Eisteacht team took part in a ‘Building Resilience’ training day delivered by Karen Maher of the Health Management Institute of Ireland. Ag Eisteacht believes that regular team training and development is a crucial factor in ensuring staff members are up-to-date with the most recent evidence-based knowledge and that opportunities are provided for […]

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What is the most valuable lesson we can teach our children in schools?

May 30, 2016

  If you were asked today ‘what topics were you taught in school?’ what would spring to mind? You might answer with a list of subjects such as English, Irish or Maths. Would self-care, effective communication, relational well-being or healthy coping strategies be amongst the things you recall learning? Sadly, probably not. Today, however, teaching […]

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AG Eisteacht Takes Part in Workplace Well-being Initiative

April 8, 2016

Today is Ireland’s 2nd national Workplace Wellbeing Day. We were delighted to sign up to the campaign, which is being run by the National Health Foundation, to further promote wellbeing for our team. We all spend a considerable amount of time in our workplace, so here at Ag Eisteacht we believe that in building our […]

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Summer Course for Teachers in Five Locations

March 24, 2016

We are delighted to announce that our summer course for primary and post-primary teachers “Skills for listening to and supporting those in the school community” has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim of this course is to equip teachers with additional skills to support and empower students, parents and colleagues […]

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