Meet the Team

Leadership and Office Management

Maeve Hurley, CEO and Co-founder of Ag Eisteacht
Dr. Maeve Hurley, MB, MRCGP
CEO and Co-founder of Ag Éisteacht
Phone:+353 21 5005915
Maeve is CEO of Ag Eisteacht, a Cork based charity which she co -founded in 2001. Her area of specialist interest is relational well being and the field of research and evidence which unequivocally demonstrates the critical role relationships play in determining health and well-being.

Having studied medicine in UCC Maeve worked in General Practice in Cork and the UK. Whilst working in the UK as a General practitioner Maeve became interested in relational well-being and undertook professional training in this field in order to enhance her work with patients. Maeve became a licensed trainer with Oneplusone in the UK and delivered its Brief Encounters programme over a number of years.

Ag Eisteacht now delivers an evidenced informed programme called ABLE. The programme is based on Ag Eisteacht's extensive experience of delivering relational based training to practitioners in healthcare, social care, education, justice and business in Ireland since 2001. ABLE incorporates evaluation feedback from past participants, emerging research and expert input which places the programme specifically in an Irish context.

As an experienced trainer and facilitator Maeve delivers training in small group settings, focusing on building practitioners knowledge, skills and confidence so they can adopt a relational approach to their work. As well as working with experienced practitioners, Maeve has been invited to participate in GP and Social Care training modules at University College Cork

Maeve sees the ability to engage with and build rapport with clients and the skills to listen, attune and empathise as key for practitioners working in frontline practice. Maeve is committed to an approach which empowers clients to participate in looking at a way forward.

The Ag Eisteacht team, under Maeve’s stewardship, strive to deliver a unique, reflective training experience for each participant, delivered in a calm, nurturing space. A core objective of the programme is that participants leave the training affirmed, refreshed and empowered to continue to work with their clients in a reenergised, respectful and hopeful way.

As a partner and mother to five ‘emerging adults’, Maeve is constantly reminded of the dynamic nature of relationships and finds the knowledge and experience she has gained through training helps her in every aspect of her life.
Thérèse McDermott, B.Comm, MBS, PMP
Business Development & Project Manager
Phone:+353 86 0423708
Thérèse brings considerable experience in business development and project management to the Ag Eisteacht team. She holds business degrees from NUI, Galway and also the PMP (Project Management Professional), the globally recognised project management certification. She is also an experienced and certified trainer.

Thérèse has spent a third of her working life overseas living in Germany, Australia, Russia and Tajikistan. Her work experience is wide and varied from lecturing at the City College of Chicago in Berlin to managing large EU funded assignments in Russia and Tajikistan on behalf of EU consortia working in the education sector.

Latterly, Thérèse has worked in the not-for-profit sector as CEO of the West Waterford Festival of Food company and as consultant to a range of organisations in the education, vocational training and cultural tourism sector.

Thérèse was attracted to work for Ag Eisteacht as she believes that promoting quality, evidenced-based training programmes, designed to enhance the quality of people’s lives, will be very rewarding.
Terri O'Sullivan, Office Manager & Training Co-ordinator
Terri O’ Sullivan
Office Manager & Training Coordinator
Phone:+353 21 5005915
Terri is the Ag Eisteacht Office Manager & Training Coordinator. She is also Ag Eisteacht Company Secretary.

Terri is a qualified counsellor, having graduated from Cork Counselling Services with an Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) Approved Diploma in Counselling and she is now working towards her accreditation with the IACP. Terri's academic background is in Psychology, she has a B.A in Applied Psychology (UCC) and an MSc in Psychology with Business (Bangor University). Her work experience has been in the areas of training, market research and administration. She has previously volunteered with Aware and An Siol Community Development Programme.
Andrea O'Flynn
Marketing Executive
Phone:+353 21 5005915
Andrea joined the Ag Eisteacht team in April 2016 to complete an internship on her way to completing the Masters in Management and Marketing in U.C.C, and was delighted to be offered the opportunity to take up employment with Ag Eisteacht when this placement ended in August 2016. Andrea has an undergraduate degree in Social Science which she also completed in U.C.C. This degree provided her with an understanding of the complexities and pressures faced by front-line workers in Ireland, particularly those in a social work/ social care role. Andrea recognises the value of Ag Eisteacht’s relational approach to training for those working in these sectors.

Andrea’s responsibilities include compiling website and social media posts, as well as report and questionnaire generation. Andrea is also involved in the development and marketing of Ag Eisteacht4Business and generating new leads for this project.
Amber Rose Duggan
Office & Training Administrator
Phone:+353 21 5005915
Amber joined the Ag Eisteacht team in September 2017. Amber previously worked in the not-for-profit sector in HR & training departments. Amber is also completing a Masters in Applied Psychology (Coaching Psychology) in UCC. She brings much knowledge & experience of the not-for-profit sector to her role at Ag Eisteacht. Amber has an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology also from UCC. This degree and her practical experience have provided her with relevant knowledge and understanding of the work conducted by Ag Eisteacht. Amber has also engaged with other not-for-profit organisations through voluntary work in adult education.

Amber supports all stages of the running of our training courses and the Ag Eisteacht office. She is the point of contact for trainers and participants and ensures the smooth delivery of each course.

Our Trainers

Patsy Hannan Trainer, ABLE
Patsy Hannan
Trainer, ABLE
What is your professional background / training?

I hold a 1st class honours Higher Diploma in Social and Personal Health Education with WIT.

I joined Social and Health Education Project, Cork (SHEP) over 15 years ago and through my years of experiential training in a number of designed courses, I qualified as a Tutor/Facilitator.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am Self Employed and I work in areas of training through both SHEP & Ag Eisteacht.

I facilitate community groups in the following areas:

• Family Communication and Self Esteem
• Effective Communication
• Personal Development
• Stress Management

I also work with children and adolescents within school settings.

I joined Ag Eisteacht in 2012 and as a licensed trainer I have co-trained in ‘Brief Encounters’, ‘How to Argue Better’, ABLE 3 Day Course and ABLE4Teachers Summer Course along with 2 hour workshops for teachers & Public Health Nurse Students.

I have worked with multi-disciplinary groups within the Disability Sector, Homeless Sector, Public Health Nursing, Teachers, Social Workers, Niche team and many other disciplines in our Open Courses.

I am a member of the Infant Mental Health network group and Steering Group and have attended many seminars/workshops in this field.

I have attended courses in areas of Domestic Violence, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Information Skills Training).

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

I wanted to further my skills as a trainer in support of Frontline staff to encourage and invite them to recognise opportunities to listen and respond to their clients/service users holistically as individuals and as part of a family unit also.

What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in the training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?

• Giving Frontline staff the skills to confidently acknowledge and support service users through personal difficulties.

• To use person centered care, including the relationships that are part of client’s lives, rather than paper centered care i.e. seeing and hearing the person alongside seeing and attending to their ailment/dilemma/etc.

• Time to see the person holistically.

• Alleviate the pressure for Frontline staff of their overwhelming need to ‘fix’ someone and to have all the right answers

• Use boundaries to protect both service user and service provider

Clients benefit from being heard, understood and seen. Clients are empowered by someone they trust and rely on.
Declan Cunningham, Trainer and Training Developer, ABLE
Declan Cunningham
Trainer and Training Developer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
What is your professional background / training?

I am an Engineer with more than 30 year’s national and international experience at senior level in transition management scenarios. I have a proven track record of solving complex problems in challenging environments with a variety of high value products, while building and integrating committed and motivated teams. I have been intimately involved with many companies facing important challenges.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I run a business consultancy and training organisation that offers its expertise to clients to improve efficiencies in organisations. The focus of our solutions are that they are practical and value adding for our clients. I have over ten years training and consultancy experience

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

From my experience of transitions in organisations I discovered how important it is to listen, really listen to people, and how misunderstandings can occur between people in times of crisis.

What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in the training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?

The ABLE training equips people with awareness and develops skills to assist others to find their own solution while being mindful of their own well-being.
Leon Ledwidge, Trainer, ABLE
Leon Ledwidge
Trainer, ABLE
Leon is an Ag Eisteacht ABLE trainer.

She has delivered Ag Eisteacht training to the primary care teams as part of a pilot initiative and has recently completed delivery of our training to family support workers in Tusla.

Leon has an MA in Child and Family Studies, Social Care (DIT) and a Certificate in Childcare, Early Childhood Education & Teaching.
Cliodhna Mahony, Trainer, ABLE
Cliodhna Mahony
Trainer, ABLE
Cliodhna is an ABLE trainer for Ag Eisteacht.

She has been involved in delivering relational based training to a number of different sectors including the disability sector and the mental health sector.

Cliodhna is a qualified Public Health Specialist with over 10 years experience in substance use prevention, family support and community development. She has worked in a variety of settings, both in Ireland and abroad, in training and management roles.

Her practice interests are family based prevention interventions, supporting the health and well being of children and young people, and inter-agency partnerships and collaboration.
Una McHale,Trainer, Trainer, ABLE
Una McHale
Trainer, ABLE
What is your professional background / training?

I am a professionally qualified Social Worker and worked as a social worker for over thirty years in both the voluntary and statutory sectors.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am currently employed as a Training and Development Officer in Workforce Learning and Development in Tusla, Child and Family Agency.

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

Having initially attended the training as a participant I realised that it would be of great benefit to frontline practitioners in their role in supporting service users experiencing relational difficulties.

What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in the training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?

The training focusses on the key issues facing those who work with service users who may be experiencing relational difficulties in their lives. Using the ABLE approach practitioners will be trained to recognise the early signs of relational difficulties and offer support and empower service users to identify the solution to their difficulties.
Bernadette Rogers , Trainer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
Bernadette Rogers
Trainer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
What is your professional background / training?

I have a hDip in Business Studies, Training & Development, a Certificate in Compliance, I’m a certified trainer of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), a certified mBIT (multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Coach and a certified Professional Coach.
I have been training in a voluntary capacity since 1983 and in a paid capacity since 2001. I believe in continuous professional development and personal development and each year I undertake training to develop my skills across the various different elements of my work, in additional to developing myself personally. I also undertake supervision for the coaching aspect of my work on a regular basis.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I’ve been training in a voluntary capacity since 1983. I’ve worked with ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries). I’ve worked with the IARWE and NYCI (National Youth Council of Ireland) and with Tramore Credit Union Ltd.
I am self-employed with two strands to my business, as Rogers Training I provide training to the community and voluntary sector, primarily to credit unions. I provide both legislative and soft skills training. As The NLP Training Institute I provide open courses in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), a 4 Day Diploma, 13 Day Practitioner Certification and 17 Day Master Practitioner Certification. I also provide Presentation Skills, Facilitation Skills and other trainings.

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

Having heard about the course at a Conference I believed that it would work wonderfully within the credit union sector, specifically for those dealing with members who were experiencing financial difficulty. Having experienced the course as a participant I felt drawn to sharing the experience with others and enabling the course to be delivered to as many people as possible.

What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in the training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?

The realisation that they don’t have to have the answers all of the time, that in a very short space of time, by giving the space, listening and asking key questions, they can empower their client to come up with their own answers.
Trish Hurley
Trainer, ABLE
What is your professional background / training?

I come from a Nursing background with RGN/BSc Nursing. I have always been interested in the concept of early intervention. Promoting health and wellbeing from the earliest stage to prevent illness makes sense to me and this was the reason I chose to do a Masters in Health Promotion at UCC.
Over the years, I have done numerous parenting, infant mental health and personal development trainings and draw upon them all at different stages, to help me support my clients cope with their complex lives.
I am also a qualified and practicing yoga teacher and use the practice as an effective tool to maintain my own and my clients’ physical and psychological health and wellbeing and to balance energy levels.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am at present working with the Teen Parent Support Programme in Cork. In this role I work as frontline support for young parents, their children and their extended families. This is a challenging but rewarding role built on trust, with a focus on empowering and educating clients to reach their potential as individuals and as parents.
I collaborate with other services and supports in the young person’s area (e.g. schools, PHN’s, GP’s Maternity services, social work, counselling, social welfare, housing) to ensure that they are informed and aware of what is in their community to help them if they need it.

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

I have always worked with People- as a nurse in the acute hospital setting and in the community in my current role. It became apparent to me over time that the quality of the interpersonal relationship was key to successful outcomes. Many clients that I have worked with were at vulnerable stages in their lives and needed someone they could trust to help them through these tough time. After that very often, they could cope themselves. If the relationship was positive, if things went wrong again they found it easier to reconnect to get them back on track.
Ag Eisteacht training offered a really user friendly tool to work on relationship building, in a time efficient way that could be transferred immediately into practice. I loved the simplicity of the model and the fact that it could be transferable into many sectors.
Ag Eisteacht as a company, had a great track record of providing evidence based trainings and came across as being professional and authentic. I am very happy to be part of their expanding team of trainers.

Rose Crowley
Trainer, ABLE
What is your professional background/ training?

SRN, SCM and CNS in General Practice.

Counselling and Psychotherapy:
BA Counselling and MA Integrative Psychotherapy.
Accredited Therapist and Supervisor with IACP.

Special interest in Trauma. Trained in Mindfulness Based Somatic Experiencing and EMDR Therapy

Where do you work and what is your role?

Part Time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in General Practice.
Psychotherapist and Supervisor in Private Practice.
Trainer for Group Facilitators and Trainee Counsellors

What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?

Having experienced the ABLE model as a group participant I found it provided a bridge between the separate roles I hold. One as a psychotherapist where I sit with a client for an hour and the other as a busy nurse in General Practice where the increasing work load means time available to patients is limited.

What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?

The ABLE training provides a time boundaried model of engagement that empathises and empowers.

Contact Us

Ag Eisteacht, 2nd Floor, 24 South Bank,
Crosses Green, Cork.
Email: [email protected]

From inside Ireland: 021 5005915

From outside Ireland: +353 215005915

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