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Aisling Leonard-Curtin

Aisling Leonard-Curtin is a chartered psychologist, international speaker, trainer and author. She is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and a functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer. Aisling is the co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and co-creator of 5 Minute Breakouts, a global movement with the objective of helping people break out of their comfort zones, for just five minutes a day. She has been at the forefront of spreading evidence-based skills to the general public and those within mental health settings in Ireland over the past 10 years. Her passion is making complex concepts easy to understand and apply. Having struggled with anxiety in her own life, she is only too familiar with feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of breaking out of her comfort zone. Aisling writes fiction and performs improvisational comedy as her hobbies. She is always looking for new ways to break out of her comfort zone and help others to do the same.

Brent Pope

Brent Pope is a well-known New Zealand rugby analyst and sports personality who has been living and working in Ireland for many years.

Caroline Foran

Formerly of IMAGE Publications (and entertainment.ie, where she was the Editor), Caroline Foran is now a freelance lifestyle journalist working in Dublin, and also runs her own digital publishing venture, GAFFInteriors.ie. Prior to her career in media, she obtained a degree in Communications and a Masters in Film & TV, both from DCU. Her first book, Owning It: Your Bullsh*-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety, is a No.1 bestseller in Ireland. The Confidence Kit is her second book.

Dr Trish Leonard-Curtin

Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin is a psychologist, speaker, trainer and author. She loves learning the latest evidence-based therapeutic approaches and breaking these down into palatable chunks. She has trained in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). Trish recently left CIPC within the HSE to fully dedicate her time and energy to her roles as co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and co-creator of 5 Minute Breakouts. Trish has struggled with depression in her own life and speaks openly about her previous in-patient admissions in adult psychiatry settings. She believes these experiences help her to understand and deliver what those struggling with depression need most- practical and tangible skills that work in the long-term.

Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters.Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise ?100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Two weeks later, shortly before her death, Emma's target had been reached. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.

Hugh Cahill

Hugh Cahill is a sports broadcaster, commentator and journalist. Currently in his 10th year with RTÉ Sport, Hugh has covered a wide range of international and domestic events, from the Olympic Games, to Rugby World Cups and Cheltenham. Hugh has fronted RTÉ's television coverage of the Christmas Racing Festival and also commentates for World Rugby on the international Sevens circuit.A father of three children, he lives in Wicklow with his wife Louise.

Hugh O'Donovan

Hugh O'Donovan is a Registered Psychologist (Work), Performance Coach and former Army Officer. As well as being Principal of Hugh O'Donovan and Associates (www.hoda.ie), Hugh has a passionate interest in and commitment to applying the best practice, evidence-based insights of psychology (positive), coaching psychology and contemplative neuroscience, in order to enhance the life experience, work performance and well-being of individuals, groups and organisations. Hugh is Co-Founder of the 1st Masters in Coaching Psychology to be delivered in an Irish University (UCC) and Programme Co-Director on the Higher Diploma in Coaching/Coaching Psychology, also in UCC. He is an honorary Vice-President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, published author in the coaching domain and conference speaker. He lives in Cork with his wife Michele and his daughters Aoife and Jean. In his spare time, he likes to cook, trek to high remote places, enjoy good company and explore archaeological artefact, and preferably all at the one time. His next trip is to Patagonia.

James Durney

James Durney is a graduate of NUI, Maynooth. He was born in Naas, Co. Kildare, in 1961 and is married with two grown-up children. An award-winning writer, he has written extensively on Irish affairs, including award-winning books on organised crime in America and the Irish revolutionary period. James has also worked on several radio and TV documentaries and was a consultant on TG4's Mobs Mheiriceá (American Mobs).

Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan is a psychotherapist, counsellor and mental skills coach from Ireland who lived and worked in Wellington, New Zealand. During his time there he worked with a number of All Black players and the Super Rugby team The Hurricanes. He still works with New Zealand's national women's cricket team, the White Ferns, as well as with soccer, netball and tennis. He is a regular speaker on stress management for businesses.

Jason McAteer

Jason McAteer played Premier League football for Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland AFC and, finally, Tranmere Rovers as player/coach. His international career began with a call for the Republic of Ireland and he went on to win over fifty caps. His goal against Holland, helping Ireland to a play-off which ultimately resulted in their qualification for the 2002 World Cup, has gone down as one of the most memorable moments in Irish footballing history.

John Banville

John Banville is an Irish novelist, an adapter of dramas, and a screenwriter. His novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005. He has also been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize (2011); the Irish PEN Award (2013); the Austrian State Prize for Literature (2013) and the Prince of Asturias Award (2014). He has published a number of crime novels as Benjamin Black, most featuring Quirke, an Irish pathologist based in Dublin.He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007.

Mary Kennedy

One of Ireland's best-loved broadcasters, Mary Kennedy's career in RTE has spanned more than three decades, including presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995. She is co-presenter of Nationwide and author of the best-selling books What Matters, Lines I Love, Paper Tigers; and Lines for Living. A mum of four, she lives in Dublin.

Melanie Murphy

Melanie Murphy is an award-winning filmmaker and lifestyle YouTuber from Ireland and has reached sixty million people with her videos. Her first book, Fully Functioning Human (Almost) - a memoir full of advice for young people growing up in this digital age - was an Irish bestseller in 2017. If Only, Melanie's debut novel and a long awaited leap into the world of fiction writing, will publish in the summer of 2019.

Michael Harding

Michael Harding is an author and playwright. His creative chronicle of ordinary life in the Irish midlands is published as a weekly column in The Irish Times. He has written numerous plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka,Misogynist and Sour Grapes, and has published three novels, Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion and Bird in the Snow as well as three bestselling memoirs, Staring at Lakes, which won three BGE Irish Book awards, Hanging with the Elephant and Talking to Strangers.

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Neil Fetherstonhaugh was born in Dublin in 1971. After graduating from college in 1990. he worked on a number of local newspapers before leaving to go backpacking in the Middle East, North Africa and across Europe. In 1998 he travelled across the United States, Mexico and central America. Neil returned to Ireland in 1999 and took up a job as a reporter with the Northside People newspaper. Since then he has written two books, and appeared on TV and radio shows. He still travels extensively.

Niall Breslin

Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player, representing Ireland at Under-21 level in the Rugby World Cup. A native of Mullingar, he attended UCD on a sports scholarship, graduating with a BA in Economics and Sociology.He found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment, and as a solo artist and music producer. He was the winning coach on the first and third seasons of The Voice of Ireland.His work in the area of mental health education and empowerment began two years ago, after his own struggles with depression and anxiety led him to open up publicly on the issue. His My1000Hours blog and training initiatives set out to explore positive and proactive ways of improving emotional fitness and managing mental stress, including through exercise, as well as educating young people about the stigma and management of mental health issues.

Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce's debut film, a unique co-operation with the playwright Samuel Beckett, and exhibitions which followed, established him internationally as a film-maker and photographer in the 1980s. He showed at the National Portrait Gallery, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Witkin Gallery in New York and his documentaries have been nominated both for International Emmy and Cable Ace Awards. Paul as also published two collaborations with David Hockney and is currently Artist in Residence at Eastwell Manor, Kent.

Philip Nolan

Philip Nolan was born in Dublin in 1963. An award-winning travel writer, he has also worked for most Irish national newspapers, including the Sunday World, Sunday Press, Sunday Tribune and Evening Herald, and was deputy editor of Ireland on Sunday.

Richard Moore

Richard Moore was born in Derry in 1962. At the age of 10 he was blinded after being shot by a British soldier by a rubber bullet. He went on to live an astounding life - father, musician, businessman. He worked in the area of peace and reconciliation during the Northern Ireland peace process, famously meeting and befriending the soldier responsible for his blindness. In 1996 he founded the charity 'Children in Crossfire', which aims to 'make a lasting and significant contribution towards the eradication of poverty' and which helps children all over the world. Richard lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and two daughters.

Roisin Fitzpatrick

Following a brain haemorrhage and NDE, Róisín Fitzpatrick turned this adversity into a positive life change. Integrating her passion for sharing the beauty of the eternal light with her business skills from her former career, she has become an internationally successful artist. Róisín lives in Co. Wicklow. Taking Heaven Lightly is her first book.www.RoisinFitzpatrick.com