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.