2017 Keynote Speakers
Brent Pope is one of Ireland’s best known and respected media personalities. Brent has been prominent as one of RTE Televisions main rugby pundits since 1993. Brent is a dedicated charity worker and a proud ambassador to many leading Irish charities, including “Cycle Against Suicide”, and “Walk In My Shoes”.
Judy has 3 decades of experience working with trauma survivors. She earned her M.A. from New York Institute of Technology, is a Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, a Certified Hypnotist, EMDR and a specialist for healing trauma and PTSD. Judy is also a well-known & accomplished speaker.
Dr Olivia Hurley
Dr Olivia Hurley is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc and a PhD in Sport Psychology from UCD. Olivia works as a Psychology, and Sport Psychology, Assistant Professor at IADT, Dun Laoghaire and in UCD.
Professor Jim Lucey
Professor Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College. He has worked with patients suffering from mental health problems for more than 30 years, specialising in the assessment, diagnosis and management of OCD and other anxiety disorders. His book 'In My Room' was a bestseller and he regularly features on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ on RTE Radio 1.
David J. Carey
David J. Carey is a psychologist with over 25 years experience in both clinical and educational settings. David created several post-grad training programmes for special education teachers, including a Master’s Degree in Special Needs at the Froebel College of Education. He has a particular interest in the impact of trauma, distress and chaos on the child’s brain. David has been a trainer of teachers all over Ireland involved in a number of Global transformation projects.
Majella O'Donnell is a businesswoman, singer, reality television star and wife of entertainer Daniel O'Donnell. Majella has spoken openly of her battle with depression. In December 2016, she strongly voiced her frustration at Irish mental health services and the length of time it takes to access professional help. Majella is passionate about reform within mental health provisions.
Dr Harry Barry
Dr Harry Barry is an experienced medical doctor who has extensive experience with Mental Health in his role as GP. He has a particular interest in the management of anxiety and depression and has written extensively on the subject. He is a regular contributor to national press and media, to the Sean O’ Rourke show and former Board member of "Aware".
is an International rugby player for the Irish Women's 7s and 15s team. She previously played Gaelic football at inter county level for Dublin. Hannah is a mental health advocate having suffered from bulimia and self harm in the past. She is a Tackle Your Feelings and Pieta House ambassador now.
David Gillick is one of Ireland's most successful sprinters of all time, twice a European champion, an Olympian and World finalist. Off track David won Celebrity Masterchef, Ireland and has gone on to write a cookbook. David retired from full time athletics in 2013, however after a 4 year absence he took to the track once again in 2016 where he helped the Irish 4x400m relay team to a 5th place finish in the 2016 European Championships.
John Ryan is CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, which is dedicated to helping organisations create high performing high trust workplaces
He also plays a key role in the Great Place to Work Global organisation delivering speeches and training internationally and being involved in a number of Global transformation projects.
A regular media contributor, he is seen as a thought leader and a key commentator on workplace
Dr Eoin Galavan
Dr Eoin Galavan is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist who works primarily with suicidal clients in both acute inpatient and community outpatient mental health services. Eoin is the Clinical Lead for the North Dublin Suicide Assessment and Treatment Service, and is a DBT therapist. He is a chartered clinical psychologist and associate fellow with the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Sarah Keogh is a qualified dietitian with over 20 years’ experience in nutrition and health. Sarah runs Eatwell, a food and nutrition consultancy that helps people one-to-one with nutritional issues as well as running workplace wellness seminars and working with some of Ireland's leading food businesses.
Moira Geary is a speaker, author of Wake Up and Change Your Life, and 2016 Image Businesswoman of the Year nominee. She "recombobulates" proactive people to positively change behavioural patterns that are stopping them from achieving success and freedom in all areas of their lives.
Dr. Eddie Murphy
Dr. Eddie Murphy is a clinical psychologist & mental health advocate. He is author of the best seller ‘Becoming Your Real Self – A Practical Toolkit To Manage Everyday Problems'. He is the psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation.
Stephen Cluskey is an award-winning entrepreneur, disability advocate, public speaker and everything in between. Having suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury at the tender age of just 18, which left Stephen paralysed from the neck down, he offers a very unique, positive perspective on life, challenging individuals to realise that almost anything is possible with the right will and determination.
"I had my first experience of depression when I was 16 years old. I’m 22 now having not gone a substantial time without being depressed for 6 years now. I can’t say I’m fully better now, however, my knowledge on my own mental health has gone beyond what I would have imagined.
Evidently, suppression of emotions over many years has played a vital role in my depression. There are many factors at play, and the search still goes on but now, I have hope and direction. I really do believe I can live a life without depression, as me, and I believe most other people suffering can too."
Jason Brennan is a clinical Psychotherapist, International Mental Skills coach and founder of Thinkwell. He works with elite national rugby, soccer and cricket teams and has written for the 42.ie. He is an advocate for mental skills for mental health and his book ‘Win: Proven Strategies for Success in Sports, Life and Mental Health’ is due to be published early 2018.