Tom Parsons

Balance & Wellbeing – What Resilience looks like

Mayo footballer & Chartered Engineer and expert in leading teams in successful project delivery since 2012, Tom has held lead roles in delivered major infrastructure projects in the UK and Ireland and is passionate about working with high performance teams. Tom moved into the area of people and culture following completion of a Master’s degree in professional leadership in 2018.

Meghann Scully

Broken Love: My Journey Through Loss and Grief

Meghann is the author of Broken Love: My Journey Through Loss and Grief which documents how she dealt with grief having lost her brother, Marcus, when she was 15 and her father, Maxie, when she was 16. She also presents and produces her own show for the Limerick Post and is a radio presenter on Classic Hits every Sunday night.

Mark Pollock

When the Challenge Choses You

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide.

New Rules

Acoustic Session

New Rules, formed in early 2019, are made up of three songwriters and musicians - Nathan (21, London), Ryan (19, Dublin) and Alec (18, London). The dynamic pop trio have amassed over 2 million streams and views since their debut self-penned release ‘Call It’ in May, with various successes along the way, including their second release ‘Fix Somebody’ being featured on ITV’s prime time hit ‘Love Island’. Their debut UK & Ireland tour in the autumn of 2019 has sold over 3,000 tickets, with sold out shows requiring a need for additional dates to be announced in both London and Manchester. The band are supporting Julia Michaels and Little Mix on their 2019 UK & Ireland tours, and go in to these shows with their next release ’24 Hours’, out 20th September. New Rules’ debut EP will be out in November, ahead of some further domestic and international touring, as the band continues to grow both at home and abroad.

Joe O'Brien

Who do you really want to be?

Joe has a Masters in Health Psychology, and is the founder of Head First (IG: Headfirst0), where he spreads information about mental health. His specialist interests are in nutrition, social media, sleep and drugs, and how they impact our mental health. Joe’s talk is about his experience of difficulty and how it guided him to where he wanted to be. He now runs an Instagram page, a podcast and works full time in mental health.


Paddy Holohan

Flat on your face, to back in the Race

Paddy “The Hooligan” Holohan is a former UFC fighter who now owns and coaches full time in his Martial Arts Academy in Tallaght. Paddy is a business owner and a local councilor for South Dublin County Council. Paddy puts a huge part of his success down to his positive mindset and his ‘never give up’ attitude. Paddy explains his ‘lightbulb moment’ when reading Prof. Steve Peters ‘Chimp Paradox’ and how he applies it in relation to everyday life situations.

Rory's Stories

Follow Your Dream

Rory O' Connor, better known as Rory's Stories started a blog back in 2013 and has since turned it into a full time career due to his ever growing social media presence. Rory has brought his comedy all around the world to places such as Australia, America, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and London. He is also a best selling author and speaks about believing in yourself, taking the risk, seeing an opportunity and above all being happy and content with who you are.

Boidu Sayeh

New Environment

Boidu is a 23 year old from Monrovia Liberia and was adopted by his aunt and uncle when they moved him to Ireland on my 8th birthday in Feb 2004. He started school in 1st class in Rosemount NS and that is where his love for the GAA grew. Boidu went to secondary school in Moate community school, and furthered his education in Waterford studying business in recreation and sport management. He now plays corner back for the Westmeath Seniors.

Mary-Kate Slattery

Meditate with Mary-Kate

Mary-Kate Slattery, known as ‘MK’ is a final year law student at trinity college, an amateur boxer holding 4 titles, a mental health advocate who has overcome anorexia nervosa she battled for 4 years and is passionate about sharing her healing process in order to encourage others to do the same.

Doireann Garrihy

Thank You Fund

2019 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund ambassador Doireann Garrihy will join Cool FM’s Pete Snodden on the main stage on Wednesday 9th October, to reveal the winners of the €100,000 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Developed to empower and support young people across the island of Ireland, the 2019 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund will this year celebrate the donation of over €1,000,000 to local non-profit organisations since 2011

Liz Waters

Education for All in the 21st Century

Liz has been actively involved in community education for over twenty-five years providing community-based adult education, educational childcare and enterprise to the community of Tallaght West. Liz managed An Cosán’s community education centre, and was appointed CEO in 2001. Liz’s particular area of expertise is in leadership studies, community development and community counselling.


Fiona Brennan

Positive Emotional Habits to Feel Calm and Confident!

Fiona Brennan is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness, and NLP practitioner, Mental Health expert on Today FM Ireland, TEDx speaker, and Blogger. She is the author of the best-selling book "The Positive Habit".

Niamh Fitzpatrick

What's waiting for you out the other side of Awful?

A star of Zeminar 2017, Niamh is a psychologist specialising in mental health and performance psychology, Niamh was the "Agony Aunt" on Today FM from 2011-2018 (with Ray D’Arcy, Anton Savage, Neil Delamere shows). Niamh works with individual clients on dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, building self-confidence and resilience.

Dr Jolanta Burke

Happiness & Wellbeing

Dr Jolanta Burke is a chartered psychologist specialising in positive psychology of education. After graduating with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin she worked as a senior lecturer and a programme leader of Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London.

Shane Carthy

I’m No Longer Surviving, I’m Living

Gaelic footballer Shane Carthy has been public about his experiences with mental health. He hopes by doing this he can illuminate the path for others who may be going through difficulties in their own life.

Grace O'Rourke

4 Ways to Face a Challenge

Grace O’Rourke is a former Gaisce – Defence Forces Challenge participant, a Bronze Award Holder and entrepreneur. Grace describes herself as a resilient character who’s not afraid to push herself out of her depth, and she recently proved that point by becoming the only woman to complete RTE’s Special Forces: Ultimate Hellweek 2019.

Mick Finnegan

Out of Homelessness Into Hope

Mick is the founder of State of Mind Rugby Union. A charity that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Rugby Union players, their familes and the community. He currently works in Mental Health Peer Support within the NHS and is a National Advisor at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. Previously Mick worked within homeless services in Dublin, London and Belfast providing support, advice and guidance to long term entrenched rough sleepers and IV drug users. He also appeared on the popular television series School of Hard Knocks on Sky Sports and was coached and mentored by Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood and Welsh Rugby Legend Scott Quinnell. In the past Mick has worked as a Community Rugby Coach with London Irish and was a Social Inclusion coach at Saracens. He also worked as a Rugby Development Coach for the Dallaglio Foundation working with young people who have been excluded from mainstream education while supporting their families while using the ethos of rugby to make a difference in the community. He briefly spent some time in Brazil working on behalf of Premiership Rugby developing the sport at grassroots. He recently was accepted to study at Trinity College Dublin.

Caroline Martin

The Power of Us

Caroline is a psychologist with a passion for living, learning and the power of groups. Known for speaking out about trauma and social justice matters, Caroline is the Chief Psychologist with City of Dublin ETB and adjunct lecturer on the Doctorate in Educational Psychology in UCD

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