The inaugural TEDxDrogheda event took place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 17th September 2016 and gave eight local and national speakers the opportunity to put a personal spin on the theme of future wealth.
The speakers included well-known TV presenter and journalist Bibi Baskin, Drogheda architect Emmet Humphreys, Professor Thomas Cooney from Ardee, and 18 year old Elle Loughran from Termonfekin. All the speakers fully embraced the TEDx mission of coming up with a big idea worth spreading.

It was the first time the presitgious TED brand was seen in the North East, and following the success of the inaugural event, the organising committee is very hopeful of getting the licence renewed and turning it into an annual event.
Video uploads from the day will be accessible to the general public on Youtube and on the TEDxDrogheda website in a couple of weeks.
The challenge for the speakers was to engage the audience with short thought-provoking, idea-generating, and ultimately, entertaining talks.
“The speakers were just amazing and produced such a diverse and interesting take on the theme”, said Orlaith Carmody, of the organising committee, who was the event MC on the day. “They put in great work beforehand, and really delivered top class talks on the day.”
The full list of speakers, chosen from over 80 applicants, were as follows:
Tom Cooney – “Difability Entrepreneurs as Creators of Future Wealth”

Niamh Gaffney – “Challenging Change; Mental Health is Our Wealth”

Elle Loughran – “The Curious Path to Opportunity”

Sharon Oughton – “Seeing the Baby – The Wealth in Early Relationships”

Emmet Humphreys – “Venetian Negotiation: A template for a modern sustainable city”

Barry James – “How small business has the data edge over Big Business”

Denise Fay – “Ask and you will Achieve”

Bibi Baskin – “Personal Wealth? It can’t be all about money”


“We have received fantastic feedback from all the speakers, who have described it as a major ‘bucket list’ achievement for them”, said Anna Kurtisa, Office Manager at the Mill Enterprise Hub, which won the TEDx licence for Drogheda. “And we really appreciate the members of the public who came to the Droichead Theatre to support the event, some of whom want to apply to be speakers next year”.
The organizing committee consisted of Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub; Alan Costello – CEO of Ruby Consulting; Orla Moloney – acting Director of Droichead Arts Centre; Anna Kurtisa – office manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub; and Orlaith Carmody – Managing Director of

Organising committee (L-R): Graham O'Rourke, Anna Kurtisa, Orlaith Carmody, Alan Costello.
Organising committee (L-R): Graham O’Rourke, Anna Kurtisa, Orlaith Carmody, Alan Costello.

For more information, please visit or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is coming to the North-East of Ireland. TEDxDrogheda is officially launched by Gavin Duffy, RTE’s Dragon’s Den, on Wednesday 8th June 2016. It will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 17th September 2016 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “FutureWealth”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: , deadline for submissions – 8th July 2016.


The organizing committee consists of Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub; Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub; Alan Costello – CEO of Ruby Consulting; Orla Moloney – Director of Droichead Arts Centre; and Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of FutureWealth is related to money or whether it involves something much broader such as creativity, social equality, health or environment”, said Orla Moloney, the Director of Droichead Arts Centre. TEDxDrogheda represents technology, the arts, education, youth programmes, business and not-for-profit organisations.  Our common aim is to reach a diverse cross-section of our community and ensure a truly inspirational set of topics and talks.

“We will support speakers with some training and practice, so no one should be put off by the thought that doing a TEDx talk is out of reach” said Orlaith Carmody, who has spoken twice at TEDx events. “We are looking for speakers of all ages and backgrounds, who have a great idea worth sharing.”

Because TEDx events are intentionally small, designed to be intimate events that provoke discussion and promote connection, the seating at TEDxDrogheda will be limited to 100. “We are seeking an audience representing the broadest possible range of the community, including local residents and other members of the general public who are inspired by ideas and interested in connecting with others who share the same passion for knowledge”, said Graham O’Rourke.

Tickets will go on sale this month, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket, and €15 for a Concession Ticket (students, unemployed, and senior members 65+). For more information, please visit or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

TEDxDrogheda is a non-profit event and organizers would welcome any sponsorship or contribution from companies or individuals.

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TEDxDrogheda Team:

01dab2d  Graham O’Rourke – Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Hub

276a5f1  Anna Kurtisa – Office Administrator of The Mill Enterprise Hub

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DYT728_412016132640  Orla Moloney – Managing Director, Droichead Arts Centre