Speakers Past & Present


Resilience In a Digital Era

April 2020 (Postponed: COVID-19)

Dr. Colman Noctor

Colman Noctor Phd, MSc PG Dip RPN, ICP is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in St Patrick's Adolescent Mental Health Services and an Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. He has over 19 years of national and international experience, including at both Great Ormond St. & the Royal Edinburgh Hospitals. 

As a self-confessed technology addict, he has a keen interest in the effects of contemporary media & technology on child development and mental health.


He is the author of "Cop On: What It Is and Why Your Child Needs It to Thrive and Survive in Today’s World", a best-selling parenting book which deals with parenting in a technological age.


He is also a regular contributor to the broadcast and print media, including The Irish Times, The Irish Independent & Newstalk's 'Moncrief ', 'Talking Point' and 'The Right Hook'.


He also contributed to the RTÉ documentary 'We Need to Talk About Porn'.

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The Age of Anxiety: Understanding Anxiety in Children & Adolescents.

September & February 2019

Dr. Harry Barry

Dr. Harry Barry is a renowned and highly respected GP, consultant and author of numerous books on the subjects of anxiety, panic, stress & resilience. He is a regular contributor to national press and media and, for the past four years, has featured monthly on Today with Sean O’ Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1.  


He is one of Ireland's most knowledgeable speakers on the subject of anxiety and panic attacks.


An experienced medical doctor Dr Barry has worked as a senior GP for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest in mental health especially the management of anxiety, depression, toxic stress, prevention of suicide and how developing emotional resilience  can transform mental health.


Having retired from full time general practice in 2013 Dr Barry now works on a consultancy basis combining clinics, writing, media and public information lectures as well as assisting fellow GPs, nurses and therapists with lectures and workshops. 

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Effective Communication With Children & Teenagers

May, June & October 2018

Dr. David Coleman

During May, June & October 2018, parenting expert David Coleman presented five hugely successful talks entitled “Effective Communication with Children & Teenagers”. These talks captivated audiences in Cork, Limerick & Waterford.

The presentations guided us through the fundamentals of effective communication; translating psychological theories into common sense advice on how we could best respond to our children.


An often humorous, yet practical guide for time-strapped, exhausted and stressed parents dealt with how to raise resilient and emotionally intelligent children.

David is a practising Clinical Psychologist, TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author and Columnist.  He has become best known here as the presenter of a number of RTÉ television series Families in Trouble, 21st Century Child, Teens in the Wild, Families in the Wild and Bullyproof. In 2013 Bullyproof won an IFTA for Best Documentary Series. 

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Raising Well Behaved Children

March 2020 (Postponed: COVID-19)

Catherine Hallissey

Over the last 20 years, Senior Child Psychologist Catherine Hallissey BSc App Psy, GDiPE, MA Ed Psy, C.Psy., Ps.S.I., has conducted extensive research into the very best parenting strategies that lead to happier, more secure and more resilient children. She is passionate about helping parents use their everyday moments to deepen their connection with their children and to equip them with the tools they need to thrive in today’s world. Her approach is unique, counter-intuitive and remarkably effective.

In addition to having five children of her own, she runs a busy private practice in Cork, providing psychology intervention to children, families, schools and clubs. She guest lectures at Masters and Doctorate level in UCC and previously UCD. She was also formally an HSE Senior Psychologist.

She has been featured on media such as the Afternoon Show, the Sunday Times, the Irish Examiner, the Irish Independent, the Daily Mail, Easy Parenting magazine, Newstalk & regularly contributes to Cork's 96fm.

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Keeping Up & Keeping Sane

in Close Relationships

May 2019

Dr. Maureen Gaffney

Dr. Maureen Gaffney is a distinguished psychologist, author, consultant and broadcaster. Her best-selling book Flourishing was the basis of the two-part documentary How to Be Happy which she presented on RTÉ television. Many will know her from her RTÉ radio work with Marian Finucane.

Amongst many academic honours she has earned a B.A. in Psychology (University College Cork), an M.A. in Behavioural Sciences (University of Chicago) and a PhD (Trinity College, Dublin). She has served on the board of the HSE and was appointed by successive governments as a Law Reform Commissioner.

She addresses a wide range of audiences here in Ireland, the UK, across Europe and the US. In addition, working with numerous organisations to build resilient, emotionally–intelligent leadership; advising major multinational companies in Ireland and in the US, including Intel, Boston Scientific, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Google & Amazon.

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Bullyproofing Kids

September & October 2019

Dr. David Coleman

During September & October 2019, parenting expert Dr. David Coleman M.Psych. Sc. presented "Bullyproofing Kids" in four locations; Cork, Galway, Killarney & Limerick.

David is a practising Clinical Psychologist, TV and Radio Broadcaster, Author and Columnist.  He contributes regularly to the Sean O'Rourke Show on RTÉ Radio 1, writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent and has, so far, authored three books.

Of course, David has become best known here as the presenter of a number of RTÉ television series Families in Trouble, 21st Century Child, Teens in the Wild, Families in the Wild and Bullyproof. In 2013 Bullyproof won an IFTA for Best Documentary Series. 

A parent himself David is open and honest about his own struggles as a parent and how from time to time he fails to ‘take his own advice’.  

David' warm, empathetic, direct non-nonsense and often humorous approach to the challenging job of parenting is one of the many reasons he is so well received.

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Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

The Impact of Childhood Trauma: Understanding ACE's & Resilience

March 2019

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist and developmental psychologist who earned her PhD at Yale University.  Since 2011, following a 20 year career at the University of Dundee (School of Psychology), she has worked to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness.  She has become one of the leading advocates for ACE-Awareness and attachment-led practice in Scotland helping to build a society that's trauma-informed and in 2018 shared the stage with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris at the first ACE Aware Nation Conference.


Suzanne’s body of work includes how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a profound effect on the attachment system in children.   Approximately 40,000 people have attended her various speaking events on  ACEs, fostering connection, compassion and resilience. 


Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is an inspirational speaker combining expertise, inspiration and passion.

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