Inspiring Ireland Inspiring Students

Inspiring Ireland, Inspiring Students

An Interview series with Influential people

Audience: Teachers and Students in Primary and Second-level schools

Your Host: Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, Director, Study & Careers

Up Next

Book your slot to hear Dr. Mark Rowe’s story #inspiringhealth doctor on Tues. Feb 28th, 10am

Dr. Mark Rowe

A lifestyle medical doctor focusing on Self-Care, with Mark you will learn small actionable steps to help you and your students address anxiety, deal with stress and boost your wellbeing  . . . one day at a time

I am delighted to announce that my next #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents’ interview takes place on Tuesday, February 28th at 10am. Hosted by Waterford Teachers’ Centre, in collaboration with Wexford Education Centre, West Cork EC, Kilkenny EC and Cork ESC, our amazing guest on this occasion is Dr. Mark Rowe www.drmarkrowe.com

Speaking after announcing this guest for the #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents series, interviewer Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames www.studyandcareers.ie said

‘’I am excited to bring Mark’s story and experience into your classroom. I recently completed a wellness course with Mark and I know teachers and students (primary and second-level) will find him to be an inspiring resource for themselves and their pupils. During our interview he will focus on ‘self-care’ and share small actionable steps to help you live a healthier life, address anxiety, deal with stress and boost your wellbeing . . . one day at a time. I could otherwise tag Mark as #inspiringhealth

Mark will kick-start a healthy 2023 for us all, something we need after the great intentions of January start to wane!’’

More About Mark

Dr. Mark Rowe graduated from Medical School (UCD Dublin,Ireland) in 1991, and Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners with the first place Ellerd Eppel award in 1995. He founded the Waterford Health Park, an award winning multidisciplinary primary care facility in 2008, which has become both the base for his group medical practice (www.rcgp.ie) as well as the ‘Lifestyle Medicine Be Well Clinic’. He is a thought leader in the areas of health, wellbeing and vitality and was among the first cohort of medical professionals globally to be certified as a Diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine in 2017.

Dr. Rowe is the author of four books to date – ‘A Prescription for Happiness: The Ten Commitments to a Happier, Healthier Life’  ‘The Men’s Health Book’ and the recent bestseller ‘The Vitality Mark.’ 

Mark’s work has also been featured in several other books including Strengths in the Mirror 2021 by Dr. Liana Lianov and Leadership in Ireland 2010. 

As a Keynote speaker, notable engagements to date have included the American House of Representatives and a number of Fortune 500 companies. He has been an invited speaker at both the British and Japanese Society’s of Lifestyle Medicine on the topic of Physician SelfCare. 

His TED talk titled ‘The Doctor of the Future: Prescribing Lifestyle as Medicine’ took place in University College Dublin see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Vd5mOxbEM.

 For more, including his weekly wellbeing podcast In the Doctors Chair 🪑check out his website www.drmarkrowe.com. Social channels @drmarkrowe.


Hear the inspirational story of young para rower Katie O’Brien as she talks with Fidelma about how she continues to defy the odds in this #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents’ interview

Katie O’Brien, a young Galway girl is a Para rower with her eyes and heart set on a gold medal at the Paralympics in Paris in 2024. Born with a severe case of spina bifida, which affected her left leg and parts of the left side of her body, she had more than ten surgeries by the time she was 10 years old and wasn’t expected to walk!

Now in her mid 20s and already a qualified Vet, she has excelled in rowing in recent years after just picking up the sport in her mid-teens.  Rowing for years in a single boat, she was on the lookout for a male partner for almost ten years to join her on her paralympic journey so she could try to qualify to represent her club, her county and her country on the highest stage possible in sport. She has recently found one and they’re on their way! Although Katie’s journey has ebbed and flowed, she has never given up! She has powered through each obstacle, winning multiple medals and accolades. Katie represents Ireland in the PR2 W1x category and is a member of Galway Rowing Club. She previously rowed for UCD, whilst studying there to become a Vet, her second passion in life after rowing. Katie is quite simply a winner in life and in sport – she has defied all the odds.  She won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz. More recently, she has won gold at the Henley Women’s Regatta and at the Home International Regatta. She has also two world records on ERG, the first in 2015 over 1km and the second over 2k in 2021.

We have chosen Katie’s because her story is inspirational – she has overcome adversity at every turn! Her positive attitude and passion for success sees no stone unturned in the pursuit of her goals in sport and in life. Her story inspires everyone who hears it and at Study and Careers, we believe our young people deserve to hear it!

Register your class here today with Limerick Education Centre.


Interviews Completed

Hear the multi-talented astronaut, Chris Hadfield, talk with Fidelma in this #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents’ interview

Canadian, Chris Hadfield spent 21 years as an astronaut. Yet, of that time he spent only 166 days in space across three missions, including heading up the International Space Station (ISS). So what was he doing for the rest of his time as an astronaut? How did he prepare for a space mission? What was it like to play his guitar in the space station, to go on a space walk – what did he learn and how does this enhance our understanding of existence? What does earth look like from outer space and what was it like to communicate via twitter with people on earth while in space? Was he ever afraid?

And one of his key messages – Why would you not get ready for your life – We have so much to learn from Chris!

Listen to the interview here https://vimeo.com/693491587/0383bd183f

Book your slot to hear the formidable Samantha Power in our next #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview!

Tuesday, February 1st, 10am, 2022

(To be re-scheduled)

What drives an Irish girl with Dublin and Kerry roots, born and raised in Ireland to the age of 9, to be a foreign policy and human rights’ advisor to former US President Barack Obama and become the US Ambassador to the UN? Such is the amazing story of Administrator Samantha Power now serving in the Biden administration! But that is only part of her story. Samantha is mother to two young children Declan (13) and Rian (9), a Harvard professor, a Pulitzer-winning author and at her core is a human rights’ activist. Inspiring indeed!

In collaboration with the Education Support Centres of Ireland, Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD says ‘’I am delighted to interview Samantha Power for our next #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview. Taking place on Tuesday February 1st, 10am book your slot for your students now through ESCI or your local education centre. If you or your students want to participate – forward your questions to fidelma@studyandcareers.ie or to twitter @educate_talent by January 24th. Together we will learn how an Irish woman can make such a massive contribution on the world stage’’.



About our Interview series

The ‘Inspiring Ireland’ interview series streams live interviews with influential people into your classrooms – people that our children and teens have come to know from TV and other media. Hosted by Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, in collaboration with Education Centres throughout Ireland these interviewees aim to inspire young people through real life stories.

‘We see well-known people on TV and social media everyday but we have no idea about their real-life story or how they came to be where they are today. The ‘Inspiring Ireland’ interview series aims to get behind this by teasing out the story of their lives and how they coped along the way.

Your students will learn about famous people’s lives, their lives growing up long before they became well-known, what and who motivated and influenced them to be the people they are today, their strengths and challenges.

This is a treasure trove – the ultimate intention is that our students will find inspiration for their own lives’.

Exciting names we have interviewed so far include:

Bryan Dobson (RTE News Anchor & News presenter) – did you know that he found learning to read difficult?

Rachael Blackmore – Cheltenham champion jockey, 2021 and first ever woman to win Grand National (2021)

An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin, Cork man and elected public representative for more than 35 years.

David Walliams, the very popular children’s author – 26 books translated into > 55 languages.

Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin, PhD – Assistant Professor and Director, Maths & Science Teacher Education at UCD.

Links to some of these interviews are included below.

Previous Interviews

Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon, Nov. 22nd, 10am (see registration details below)

Ambassador Samantha Power – a Harvard professor, US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, – did you know she was born in Ireland and emigrated to US at age of 9?

If you would like your class to participate in this exciting interview series make sure to subscribe to www.studyandcareers.ie and follow us on twitter @educate_talent

‘a conversation can change your life’

#Inspiringireland #InspiringStudents

Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon

Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, PhD, Study and Careers, is delighted to announce her next #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview for teachers and students:

Special Guest: Children’s Ombudsman, Dr. Niall Muldoon.

When: Monday Nov. 22nd , 10am

Reflection: Ms. Nicola Culloty, CBT Therapist & Teacher

Hosted by: Dr. Dympna Daly, West Cork Education Centre

Bookings: westcorkeducationcentre.ie/post-primary-courses/1649-wcecw439-inspiring-ireland-inspiring-students-an-interview-with-children-s-ombudsman-mr-niall-muldoon.html

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Niall has an important story to tell. Appointed by the President in 2015, Dr. Niall Muldoon, a clinical psychologist and proud Donegal man is our second Children’s Ombudsman in the history of the State.  As Ombudsman he advocates for the rights, welfare and wellbeing of our children and young people. Since he took office he has received over 10, 000 complaints mainly from concerned parents, teachers and principals and initiated 32 investigations against the State leading to key changes in health, education and child welfare.

So what do these letters of complaint say, who has his office brought about change for? What impact has Lockdown had on the social and mental health of our young people? What of the State Exams and Calculated grades? How does his office empower young people to participate in the exercise of their rights responsibly and enable change for the greater good? Crucially, what motivates Niall to do this life-changing work?  Cognisant of the work of teachers to create schools that are happy, supportive places, these questions and more will be the focus of this hopeful interview. In response, Ms. Nicola Culloty, CBT Therapist and teacher will respond to issues raised in the course of the interview.

Book your spot today and engage your students in this important conversation.

Listen to Fidelma’s #InspiringIrelandInspiringStudents’ interview with Maths’ enthusiast,

Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

What was the Taoiseach like as a boy growing up – listen to his interview here!

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Listen to An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin talk about his life and what inspired him to be a politician.

An Taoiseach, Michéal Martin TD, a Cork man and in public life for more than 35 years. Hear his story and what inspired him at the link above.

—————————————————————————————————————————–—‘Promoting active citizenship and students’ voice is a key tenet of Irish education curriculum today. I am delighted An Taoiseach took time out of his busy schedule to engage with students and teachers in Irish primary and second-level classrooms. Students had the opportunity to hear An Taoiseach talk about his childhood growing up, what inspired him, where he found his voice, why he chose a career in politics and what drives him today. Thank you Taoiseach’.

Popular children’s author, David Walliams

Study & Careers director, Fidelma Healy Eames, interviewed the enormously popular children’s author, David Walliams, on Mon. Sept. 20th, 10am, in collaboration with ESCI.

‘Irish children asked me to see if we could book David for an #InspiringIreland #InspiringStudents interview and I am so delighted he said yes! His interview was fabulous, we had up to 60k students and 2000 teachers listening in! David also read aloud for children and kindly offered to do a separate interview for second-level students at a future date. How great is that! You can read more about David in the brief bio below.

David Walliams OBE, is an English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality. Multi-talented, he is also a very well-known writer of children’s books, with over 2.3m twitter followers. In 2008 David published his first children’s book ‘The Boy in the Dress’, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake selling over one million copies. Since then, he has published 29 further books, including 9 picture books. A series of best-selling books have followed, many of which have been staged or televised, such as ‘Mr Stink’, ‘Gangsta Granny’, ’The Boy in the Dress’ and ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’. So far his books have been translated into 53 languages and have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. In 2017 David was awarded an OBE for his services to charity and the arts.
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Listen to Fidelma’s interview with RTE’s Bryan Dobson

Hear his key messages for our young people

Fidelma interviews RTE’s Bryan Dobson about his life, his education and key decisions and influencers that shaped where he is today

If you would like your class to participate in this exciting interview series make sure to subscribe to www.studyandcareers.ie and follow us on twitter @educate_talent

‘a conversation can change your life’

#Inspiringireland #InspiringStudents


‘The ‘Inspiring Ireland Inspiring Students’ interview webinar series has been met with extremely positive feedback from thousands of students and teachers in schools all over our country. A truly unique concept that has captured the imagination of students enabling them to listen to the stories and insights of well-known, inspirational Irish people ‘live’ in their classrooms. We look forward to working closely with Fidelma to bring you further inspirational speakers in the 2021/22 school year’.

Terry O’Sullivan, Director, Tralee Education Centre in partnership with Clare Education Centre, Navan Education Centre and Monaghan Education Centre