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Maeve Hurley, CEO, Ag Eisteacht

Welcome to Ag Eisteacht

We deliver training to frontline practitioners working in the health, education, social, youth and community sectors in either a professional or voluntary capacity. Since 2001, we have delivered our evidence-based, accredited and evaluated training to over 1,000 frontline workers.

We offer a range of training programmes, including Brief Encounters®, How to Argue Better and Ag Eisteacht 4 Business, all built on our core values of time, attention and respect. We focus on relational capability as the capacity of people to establish and maintain close relationships, both at home and in the wider community, is a key determinant of health and wellbeing.

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Find out more about who we are and what we do by listening to our CEO Maeve Hurley talk about why she started Ag Eisteacht and the principles on which it’s based.

Upcoming Courses

Brief Encounters® 3 Day Training

Contact us for 2017 dates in Cork, Dublin & Limerick.

How to Argue Better

Commissioned Courses Available Now

Who will benefit from attending our training courses

Our courses are aimed at frontline workers across a wide range of sectors:

  • Frontline workers in the health, education, homeless, social, youth and community sectors
  • People who work directly with children and families
  • HR directors, managers and teams

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Diverse Work Group


  • Many thanks for an excellent course. All of the course content was so relevant and adds such value to the ongoing work we do with children and families. I would like to especially mention the 2 trainers Cliodhna and Leon who were fantastic- set the tone really well, had such a balance in their delivery of the course content and had everyone really engaged. They themselves also modelled a very supportive environment. This is not just my own opinion but shared among many staff who gave me feedback after.
    – Frances Fitzell
    Services Manager, Enable Wicklow
  • The team found the training useful and several have spoken in staff appraisals about how they are applying it in practice.
    – Carol Lander
    Director Orchard Childrens Services
  • Training was great and it,s really important when supporting families to have an understanding of the impact of conflict on families / children in the home.
    – Martha
    Community Development Worker
  • It provided a practical approach for frontline staff to provide an effective intervention with family members who are experiencing difficult situations.

    – Angela Walsh
    Clinical Nurse Manager, Willow Grove, St. Patrick’s Hospital
  • These three days taught me the value of really listening, to encourage and support people in a variety of situations.
    – Marie Russell

Contact Us

Ag Eisteacht, 2nd Floor, 24 South Bank,
Crosses Green, Cork.

From inside Ireland: 021 5005915

From outside Ireland: +353 215005915

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