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TEDx Tralee – Independently organised TED event

TEDx Tralee – Independently organised TED event


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTralee, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxTralee event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.


ALAN CARRIGAN – Challenging the Perception
My name is Alan Carrigan I am 21 Years old and a wheelchair user from Ireland living with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. I run two YouTube Channels called “The Disabled Gamer” & “Alan’s Accessible Adventures”.

Growing up in a mainstream school and being the only kid in a wheelchair motivated me to express my experience living with a disability across online platforms. This has led to a number of projects such as Podcasting, YouTube, Public Speaking and Disability Consultancy. I am looking forward to rolling onto the TEDx Tralee Stage and hopefully educating and challenging the way people perceive disability.

ANTHONY GARVEY – Presenting…. Naked!!!
Anthony has 30 years’ experience working in international public relations, ranging from technology and telecommunication blue chips to educational and local government organisations. He spent 9 years as Head of PR for Psion plc, during a period of rapid change as it evolved from a start-up to a FTSE100 company.

In 2001, Anthony returned to Ireland where he established Quinn Garvey PR, which provides public relations and marketing services to small businesses. Anthony also runs Confident Presenting, which provides management training to companies throughout the UK and Ireland.

Anthony is an award-winning presenter and public speaker having represented Tralee Toastmasters in the UK & Ireland finals four times. Anthony has also written seven children’s books, including the popular Gravespeakers series for 8-12 year olds.

BREANNDÁN Ó BEAGHLAOICH – Protecting our Unique Heritage of Language
Brendan Begley – Born into a famous musical family, the youngest of nine children. He soaked up the music and song of West Kerry from an early age. Slides, polkas, songs and slow airs all run through his veins.

He has four acclaimed solo albums to his name, as well as numerous recordings with the groups Boys of the Lough and Beginish. He plays and has recorded with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. He has guested with Glen Hansard and John Sheehan in the National Concert Hall, Vicar St, Dublin and Carnegie Hall in 2016, Town Hall and Brooklyn Steel Hall NY, January 2018.

CAROLINE REIDY – The Art of Asking the Right Question
Caroline is the owner of The HR Suite a HR consultancy that provides expert HR advice to clients nationwide with offices in Kerry and Dublin. Caroline is a past Commissioner on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Relations Commission.

Caroline has completed a Masters in Human Resources in the University of Limerick and is a trained mediator. She is also the author of “The Art of Asking the Right Questions” that provides top tips to people managers throughout the employment journey. To mark 10 years in business in 2019 Caroline launched a children’s book ‘Celebrating You’ to advocate diversity and the importance of celebrating individuality in children and all proceeds went to enable Ireland.

Caroline also contributes as a thought leader to national media, is a frequent conference speaker and writes articles in the national press.

CHRIS BARRETT – The Greatest Inspiration comes from Nature
Chris is a sustainable designer, passionate about using the biological world as inspiration for his work. He applies this philosophy at his founded company, Fox in a Box Design, where natural, reclaimed elements are given a second life through a harmonious coupling with low-impact technology.

A keen outdoor adventurer, Chris now utilises his experience on the mountains and in the water to create user-centric, biologically-inspired designs. This environment serves as a perfect catalyst for creation and has seen Chris’s designs ranging from assistive wearables for physically impaired climbers to bogland-inspired camping equipment.

Chris is also a passionate science communicator. Having won FameLab Limerick in 2019, he now works as a communication trainer for the British Council.

CHRISTINE DUFF – You don’t need to Live the Diagnoses
Christine Duff is a 34 year old Beauty therapist, life coach with Neuroscience, and mother to a 12 year old daughter and 11 year old son from Cork.

In her 34 years of living she has experience in various diagnoses in her personal life. Her ability to accept a label and NOT live the diagnosis it carries is a gift she wishes to teach others in her TEDx talk.

An unheard of diagnosis that entered her life through her son less than a decade ago has encouraged her share information to help others see that the personal strategies Christine has tried have worked and continue to work to this day.

CIARA MC CULLOUGH – One Decision Away
Ciara contributes as a Motivational Speaker, sharing her story in order to promote that anything is possible and we are only ever one decision away from the life we were born to live.

An Award Winning Photographer, Ciara works as a Mental Health and Well Being Coach where she is dedicated and passionate about empowering people to release their potential and most importantly, live life – from the inside out.

Founder & Host of the Inside Out Podcast, Ciara hosts weekly conversations with people from every corner of Ireland.

Ciara also has a passion for Sea Swimming, being in the Outdoors and enjoying life to the fullest with her wife, Paula and two dogs Alfie & Lola.

COLM O’BRIEN – Serve Not Sell to the Man on The Train
Founder and Host of ‘The Coffee at Eleven Show’, a COVID-born initiative which has showcased the stories of well over 100 ‘People Worth Meeting’ in a unique Zoom Café LIVE interview environment, Colm O’Brien is also a Business Coach, Author, TEDx and Professional Speaker, Accredited Thought Leader in Entrepreneur Development, Volunteer Charity Board Member and Business Owner.

His love for speaking has developed over the years but his actual business is the involvement in and development of businesses in partnerships.

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A Dub happily residing in Killaloe Co. Clare, he is father to three amazing adult children, Shona, Steven and Jenna.

DONAL O’LEARY – Poet, Philosopher Thinker
His parents grew up on two separate, but adjoining small ancestral farms in East Kerry. Donal’s early life, growing up on the paternal farm, was much influenced by horses, cows, dogs, foxes, rabbits, the sound of the corn crake at dusk, the soothing sound of flowing water and the shadows of the clouds creeping over the landscape. He sometimes says “you can’t get much more rooted than that”, referring, primarily, to the two ancestral farms!

That’s the backdrop and the soundtrack to his life of philosophising, contemplating, reflecting (soul searching) and wondering about life’s purpose, meaning and possibilities.

​ About twenty years ago, a new, deep and insatiable interest in health got added on top of ‘that base’. He feels that the ‘whole sculpture’ is a summary of his life

18 Speakers – Plus Surprise “Palette Cleansers” for your Entertainment – 12 Hours

Registration: – 9.45

Speaker Slots
Morning Session 10 am – 11.30 am
Lunchtime Session 1 pm – 2.30 pm
Afternoon Session 4 pm – 5.30 pm
Evening Session 7 pm – 8.30 pm

Breakout Sessions between the Speaker Slots
As well as these insightful talks, curated and prepared for you, there will be multiple opportunities between the Speaker Slots for all attendees to mingle (within current Covid regulations) and get to know each other during this event.

This will help you network, make new connections and friends as well as refresh your mind – the very definition of “New Beginnings”

Tickets € 80
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