Meet the Team

Leadership & 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
Phone:+353 21 5005915
Patsy works as a consultant with Ag Eisteacht. She is also an experienced ABLE trainer. Patsy has been involved in the delivery of Ag Eisteacht training to NICHE’s Cork team, public health nurses in Cork and to home school community liaison groups.

Patsy has just successfully completed a Higher Diploma in Social and Personal Health Education with WIT. She has completed training in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Child Protection and Family Communications: Coping with Family Life and Communication with Teenagers.

As a qualified tutor/facilitator with the Social and Health Education Project in Cork, Patsy facilitates programmes with children and teenagers in school settings, as well as community groups.

Patsy believes that small changes in behaviour can make a huge difference to people's lives, and is passionate about conveying this message. Patsy's practice interest is working with parents, professionals and children.
Declan Cunningham, Trainer and Training Developer, ABLE
Declan Cunningham
Trainer and Training Developer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
Declan is an ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht and is currently involved in the development of Ag Eisteacht4Business.

Declan is a trainer and facilitator with nearly 30 years' experience in a variety of national and international organisations and industries. He works with a number of universities and learning institutes in Ireland and the UK, developing and delivering courses to help development for both individuals and organisations.

Declan also holds an MSc in Project Management from University of Limerick. His practice areas are in the areas of training and development of individuals, effective teamwork enablers, perception of and response to risk and the psychology of decision making.
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 worked with Tusla Child and Family Agency as a Training Officer for several years. She has an MA in Child and Family Studies, Social Care (DIT) and a Certificate in Childcare, Early Childhood Education & Teaching (Inchicore College of Further Education).
Marie MacSweeney Trainer, ABLE
Marie MacSweeney
Trainer, ABLE
Marie MacSweeney is an Ag Eisteacht ABLE trainer. She has delivered Ag Eisteacht's relational
training to many multi-disciplinary groups and delivered it to the entire team of speech and language therapists in Cork.

A qualified social worker with 20 years' experience, she has worked in a variety of settings including family support projects, probation and children and family services. Marie has also worked as a Guardian ad Litem and has provided independent representation for children in public and private law proceedings.

Marie is the Southern Regional Manager, Workforce Development in Child and Family Agency, Tusla. Her practice interests are child protection, mediation, staff support and supervision.
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 includingthe 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. She is currently the Dublin City North Children and Young People Services Committee Coordinator with the Child and Family Agency.

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
Una is an ABLE trainer. She has delivered training to staff from Youth New Ross, homeless service providers, primary care teams, and many others.

Una is a qualified social worker with 38 years' experience. She currently works in Tusla as a Training Officer Workforce Development in Child Care and Family Support Services. She designs and delivers training to a variety of professionals working with children and families.

Her practice interests include child protection, supervision, assessment and domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
Bernadette Rogers , Trainer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
Bernadette Rogers
Trainer, ABLE & Ag Eisteacht4Business
Bernie has over 25 year’s practical experience as a trainer, facilitator and coach working with both organisations and individuals.

When training she designs and delivers courses primarily within the community and voluntary sector, working particularly with Credit Unions (Financial co-operatives) and also with SME’s. Bernie is a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) since 1994 and is an INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association) Certified NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer.

Practice interests - When coaching Bernie assists individuals to identify their strengths and tap into their resources; clarifying outcomes, supporting and challenging clients to improve their current performance to achieve their goals both personally and professionally.

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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