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.

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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”

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

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Elle Loughran – “The Curious Path to Opportunity”

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

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

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

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Denise Fay – “Ask and you will Achieve”

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

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“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 Mediatraining.ie.

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 http://tedxdrogheda.com/ or follow @TEDxDrogheda on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

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