Our Speakers from 2016!


Jamie Harrington


That fella from Facebook, also seen on TV3 and ambassador for Teenline! Rotary young person of the year 2015, Lifesaver.

Anna Geary

Life Choices

Anna is a presenter, sports contributor, motivational speaker and writer. She is a former All Ireland winning Camogie captain and former Cork Rose (2014). She has won over 20 All Ireland medals during her illustrious sporting career.

Maria Walsh

Zeminar MC

Maria Walsh is a broadcaster, journalist and business woman but is most recognised for her role as the 2014 International Rose of Tralee. She is also passionate about young people.

The Strypes

Live Music

The Strypes are a four-piece rock band from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2010 consisting of Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Peter O'Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums).

Fr Peter McVerry

Social Disadvantage
Watch Talk

Peter campaigns tirelessly for the rights of vulnerable young people.

Lynn Ruane

Equality in Education

Lynn is an activist and community worker who has moved into politics. In 2015 she was elected as the President of Trinity College Students' Union and went on to be elected to the Seanad this April.

Jonny Cooper

Attaining Balance between School, Sports and Social to Reach Potential
Watch Talk

Two time All Ireland winner with Dublin. Sports Science graduate with a passion for people and performance. Working for Irelands fastest growing university, Dublin City University.

Doug Leddin

Speaking Out
Watch Talk

Doug posted a powerful message on Facebook about depression with a view to helping millions of others around the world who are battling with it. Hear how his story unfolds.

Ciara & Emer

Women in STEM

Ciara and Emer, 17 year old students, who with their teammate Sophie won the Google Global Science Fair. Their innovation is hoped to improve food crop productivity thereby reducing world hunger.

John Beckett


Sixteen years ago the then 17-year-old John Beckett built the first Ryanair website. Little did he know he would help ignite a revolution in aviation for millions of Europeans.

Dr Aileen Murtagh


Adolescent Psychiatrist working with teenagers in Willow Grove Inpatient Unit. Youth mental health specialist and developer of e-learning courses on ADHD and mental health issues in young people.

Chris Flack


Chris is the Co-founder of Unplug, an Irish Startup that runs programmes to help people be the master of technology rather than technology being the master of them.

Fiona Flynn

Body Image: A Youth Perspective

Psychologist with a passion for youth mental health. In her role with Bodywhys, Fiona launched the ‘Be Body Positive’ campaign and has engaged young people nationwide in discussion on the area of body image.

Jane M.Hayes Nally

The Importance of Student Voice and School Leadership

Jane is President of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union and is a 5th year student in St. Mary's High School, Midleton, Co.Cork.

Roisin and Fenella

Youth Participation

Roisin and Fenella work with ReachOut.com and know how important it is that young people are actively involved in shaping and informing the delivery of services that affect them

Emer Foley

Empowerment & Body Confidence
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Basketball coach and plus-size model, former basketball player for Ireland, ambassador for Irish Guiding’s Free Being Me body confidence programme. Passionate about empowerment and equality.

Vincent Mc Darby

Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Reality

Clinical Health Psychologist, member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and sceptical enthusiast of social media who understands the unique opportunities and challenges that social media presents for Generation Z.

Dr Malie Coyne

Managing stress and rising up to the challenge of exams
Watch Talk

A Clinical Psychologist and member of the PSI who understands the unique challenges of Generation Z. She has written extensively for the A Lust for Life website and recently created an exam stress management course called "Mastering the game of exams"

Ian Power


Director, SpunOut.ie and President, National Youth Council of Ireland.

Alan McElwee

Refugee Crisis in EU

Alan's current passion is the Refugee Crisis in EU and creating solutions at every level. He's been in both the business and charity sectors for over 10 years - blending both and creating "easy-entry", social impacts, for all.

Dr. Brian Carson

Why we need to exercise.

Director of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick, an expert in exercise for enhancing health and human performance.

Ciaran Duffy

Equality in Sport

Ex finance professional & founder of Fun Direction - Advocate for equal access to sport for all children.

Peter Cosgrove

The Future of Work

Peter is the Founder of the Future of Work Institute and Chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland. He will be speaking about the importance of following your passion.

Gemma Fitzpatrick

Follow your Dreams

Visual Artist; Make-up Artist and Mother of 1 – and all in a quarter of a century.

Jennifer Ryan

Empowering youth to stand up to bullying.

Jenny Ryan, Psychologist and Guidance Counsellor & mum of 2; with her acclaimed & award winning anti bullying approach.

The Outer Limits

Live Music


Micheál Ó Ciaraidh

Zeminar MC

Micheál (AKA Snapchat boy) is presenter of Cúla4 on TG4. Micheál previously taught for 6 years in a primary school in Finglas. He is involved in about 100 other things! Ask him about it at Zeminar.


Emotional Wellness

Retired rugby player, multi-platinum selling song writer, documentary maker, author and advocate for emotional wellness in Ireland.

Nikki Bradley

When Life Gives You Lemons

Nikki Bradley broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 5k on crutches in June 2016. She is also a multiple award winner, columnist and founder of Fighting Fit For Ewing's.

Annie Hoey

Activism in Education

Annie is the current President of USI. She is an ardent feminist, a strong advocate for publicly funded higher education, and proudly strident in her opinions. She isn’t going to sit by and wait 188 years for equality between (all) the sexes.

Dr.Eddie Murphy

Becoming Your Real Self

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Columnist, Advocate, Passionate About 21st Century Solutions for Emotional Health Services.

James Kavanagh

Social Media & Me

Thrown into the public eye over the past year due to his over-active, humorous Snapchat account (@jamesksnaps). His viewers are entertained with consistent scare Snaps of his boyfriend William, cooking demos, appearances from his alter-ego Veronica Sachs.

Elijah Lawal

Being a Good Digital Citizen

At Google, Elijah is responsible for communicating to internet users how they can stay safe online. Elijah is committed to ensuring that the internet remains a platform for good interactions, sharing experiences and learning opportunities.

Sasha Kinch

The Ripple Effect

Native and Digital Solutions exec at @INM_ie. A member of Team Hope Marketing Team she shares a message of how to empower young people by helping others.

Niall O'Connor

Personalised learning - taking ownership of your own learning

Post primary teacher. Represents Ireland at the European SchoolNet, on the use of technology for personalised learning and assessment.

Guy Flouch

World At Your Feet: Opportunities to Study Abroad

Guy is the founder of EUNiCAS, the application support service for students applying to European universities. He has a long track record in assisting Irish and UK students to apply to degree programmes (taught through English) in mainland Europe.

Feidhlim Ó Seasnáin

Make it Happen, Building emotional resilience for academic achievement

Feidhlim, a former teacher and youth worker is the Programme Manager with The Super Generation. Their mission is to inspire futures by helping young people learn and lead more effectively.

Dr Olivia Hurley

Mental skills training, for Sport and Life

Lecturer in Sport Psychology at IADT and UCD, approved Sport Psychologist with the Irish Institute of Sport and former elite sprinter and Irish juvenile record holder (60m Indoors).

Mark Smyth

The only way out is through - Anxiety

Clinical Psychologist & part-time caped crusader, never ending fascination with the emotional roller coaster of anxiety, including his own.

Anita Dennison

The Power of Words

19 year old, Anti-Bullying campaigner and founder of the award winning "Don't Bully!" Passionate about making a difference and helping others realise their true purpose.

Hannah Tyrrell

Tackling Feelings

Irish rugby player currently working with mental health organisations and spreading a positive message around tackling feelings.

Edmund Honohan

The need to ask Questions

Master of the High Court

Dr. Irene Connolly


A 21st century phenomenon; cyberbullying. What's it all about? Let an expert tell you.

Caoimhe O'Grady Tegart

Handling Exam Stress

Child & Teen Life Coach, Speaker & Writer. Founder of Rockabill Coaching.

Stephen Maguire

Bullying and Depression. My Survival Story

Secretary for Dublin GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee, GAA Facilitator for Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative and Performance and Personal Development Coach.

Paula O'Connor


Paula, a teacher for 19 years now travels around the country sharing vital information on Internet Safety. She runs a workshop called 'Don't be mean behind your screen'.

Anne McCormack

Pornography and Sexual Consent

Psychotherapist with a passion for adolescent mental health. An Irish Times contributor, Anne is an expert on how social media and the accessibility of sexually explicit content online can impact young people.

Donal Walsh #LiveLife


Spreading a beautiful message based on this amazing young man.

Daniel Ramamoorthy

The Art of Start

Serial entrepreneur, investor, radio presenter, performing artist, professional voice over artist, youth mentor and most recently, a bobble-head!


Jenny Dixon

Classroom to Fair City Star - Following your Passions!

Jenny is a former science & maths teacher, she's now a star on Fair City. Hear her amazing story at Zeminar.

Jim Breen

Have you got what it takes to change the world?

Entrepreneur/Social Entrepreneur (@JimBreenPulse). Founder Cycle Against Suicide (@CASuicide). Founder PulseLearning (@PulseLearning). Member of Youth Mental Health Taskforce. Jim will have a special guest with him and some free giveaways. This is a presentation not to be missed!

Mark Little

Mental Challenges of Entrepreneurship

Founder of Storyful, which was later sold to Newscorp, Mark is Vice President of Media for Europe & Africa at Twitter. He is also a multi-award winning TV & Radio Journalist and Author on world affairs.

Dr Rhona Mahony

Youth Leadership & Equality

Master of NMH, Consultant O&G, Fetal & Maternal Medicine Specialist, Eisenhower Fellow, Mother of 4.

Dermot Whelan


Internationally award winning radio host at Today FM, comedian, TV presenter and podcaster with a passion for meditation.

Cassie Stokes

Zeminar MC

Presenter on Xpose, full time snapchatter (cassiestokes3) part time eater (pizza), when she can't be found in the social world you will usually find her having a cup of tea or in a restaurant eating pizza.

David Gillick

Going Off Track

From the Olympic athletics track to the Masterchef kitchen, including all the dishes in between and the struggle to pick what's next from the menu.

Colm O’Gorman

How You can Make a Difference to our World

Colm is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, founder and former Director of One in Four, documentary maker, former Senator and regular media commentator and contributor.

Aoife Kearins

Hello, World

17 year old founder of Eye Opener Technology. Coder Dojo Sligo member, 2015 Outbox Incubator Exec and Senior Maths Editor for the Young Scientists Journal.

Avril Mulcahy

"The Love Factor" Dating Back to Basics

Entrepreneur, Matchmaker, Life and Business Coach, Author of Go Get Him.

Elle Loughran

Unlocking Opportunity

Teenage scientist, blogger and freelance writer passionate about discovery. NI Young Scientist of the Year 2014, EmTech Global Youth Leader in Nanotech, Outbox Exec 2015 and creator of tigertunity.com to connect Irish people with opportunities.

Dr. Helen O'Neill

Taking your Genes off- the Genetics of Gender

A Geneticist at the Institute for Women’s Health in University College London. Passionate about captivating young audiences and explaining the principles of scientific practice in a fun and accessible way.

Christian Tierney

Zero% & Loving It

A 19 year old music video director and photographer who has worked with artists like James Bay, Macklemore & Gavin James. He also runs a music YouTube channel with over 7 million views.

Philip O' Callaghan

Youth Development

Advisor to Minister Leo Varadkar, Philip has a keen interest in how politics shapes and influences young people’s lives. As a former secondary school teacher Philip’s knows how motivation, encouragement and praise has power to influence.

John McAreavey

Volunteering in Young People

John, a former Down GAA footballer is also the Co-Founder of Michaela Foundation, a Charity that inspires faith and wellbeing for girls. Michaela Foundation’s ethos is ‘Life Without Limits’.

Senator Frances Black

The Impact of Alcohol and Drug Misuse on the Family

Member of the Seanad and CEO of The Rise Foundation. The charity she founded in 2009 supports families who have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, sex or gambling problem.

Tadhg Williams

Creating an Equal and Just Society for Ireland's Youth

Tadhg is an 18 year old youth activist from Waterford City. He is currently a member of the NYCI Young Voices group and actively campaigned with YesEquality last year

Seana Cooke

Mental Health

Ex Ireland International footballer and full time Adventurer, Reader and Liver of Life.

James Downey

The Rugby Road Less Travelled

From Leinster to Wasps with Calvisano (among others) in between.

Nikki Symmons

Inspiring the next generation

Retired Irish International Hockey player, European Hockey Hall of Famer, continuing on an adventurous journey through life.

Karl Deeter

The importance of failure

Author; Radio & TV finance contributor and Co-founder of Irish Mortgage Brokers. Karl knows about failure - that’s why he's a success.

Tracey-Jane Cassidy

Science Communication

Director of Junior Einsteins Science Club Ltd. Inspiring a love of science and learning. Author and science consultant.

Eimear Farrell

Social Enterprise

Social Entrepreneur and Creative Director of ARTzheimer's; a thought-provoking art exhibition highlighting issues surrounding Alzheimer's disease.

Michael Dowling

The Possibility of Change

Qualified psychotherapist who believes in finding ways to work with our habits, fears and past choices.

Siobhan Brady

Mental Health

See Change ambassador and blogger at There's Always Light At The End Of The Tunnel.

Seán Páircéir

Work Ethic

Seán Páircéir, Partner, is the Global Head of Investor Services for Brown Brothers Harriman.

Rebecca Murphy

Youth Mental Health

Rebecca is an Education and Training Coordinator with Jigsaw- The National Centre for Youth Mental Health. She is passionate about listening to the voice of young people - especially on the issue of youth mental health.

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