TEDxDrogheda will take place in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 at 18:00, providing a broad interpretation of the theme “Private Lives”, with presentations by speakers from our local community and further afield.  TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Tickets are now on sale, priced at €30 for a Standard Ticket and €15 for a Concession Ticket (senior members 65+, students, unemployed).

Speakers have been announced on Wednesday, 4th October, and they are:

Colin Guilfoyle – a local game developer, talking about Digital Divorce and what cheating online really means.

Brendan Murray – losing identity upon retirement.

Keith McEvoy – will be giving a talk on post-job identity crisis. Do we have to build a new #identity when starting a new business?

Janie Lazar – will be discussing what identity in Ireland really means today, & how nationality is adding to our identity, NOT defining it.

Alan Costello – how technology is and will be changing our private lives.

Vinny McCoy – will be sharing his views on how school is sometimes not the answer. Your vision defines who you are!

Sarah Archer – with a talk on playing roles & wearing masks in public.

Caradh O’Donovan – winner of several World & European #kickboxing medals, talking about her devastating diagnosis.

For more information, please visit https://tedxdrogheda.com/ 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 2017: “Private Lives”

TEDxDrogheda is back! The second TEDx event in the North-East of Ireland has been officially launched on Monday, 28th August 2017 under the title “Private Lives”. The event will be hosted in the Droichead Arts Centre on 3rd November 2017 and will provide a broad interpretation of the theme “Identity”, with presentations by artists, social activists, entrepreneurs, historians, and academics from our local community.  A call out for speakers is currently taking place on TEDxDrogheda website: https://tedxdrogheda.com/ , deadline for submissions – 30th September 2017.

The organizing committee consists of Anna Kurtisa – administrator at The Mill Enterprise Hub, Orlaith Carmody – former RTE news reporter and Managing Director of Gavin Duffy and Associates, Seán Ó Cearrúlláin – director of Sky High Productions, Barry James – speaker of TEDxDrogheda 2016.

“We are interested in asking whether the concept of Identity is related to personality or whether it involves something much broader such as our health, creativity, social equality, or environment”, said Orlaith Carmody, the Managing Director of Mediatraining.ie. “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”, said Graham O’Rourke.

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”, concluded Anna Kurtisa.

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+).

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit https://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/TED


This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

TEDxDrogheda Team:

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

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Image result for denise fay drogheda    Denise Fay – speaker at TEDxDrogheda 2016




Georgina McKenna – director at Count Her In


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