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Raising the Flag at MTU for White Ribbon

White Ribbon Ireland and Men’s Development Network (as lead agent for the campaign nationally) were delighted to be part of ceremonies in Bishopstown and Tralee on April 27 as signal flag-raisings were held at all six Munster Technological University campuses in Cork and Kerry. 

Speaking at the Cork ceremony, MDN’s Head of Programmes and Advocacy Colm Kelly Ryan, commended MTU’s collective vision and unwavering commitment to White Ribbon “as we step forward together in promoting gender equality and ending gender-based violence.”

He thanked MTU President, Professor Maggie Cusack (left), Professor Margaret Linehan, Siobhán Kangataran, Ellen O’Shea, and all the team at the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion office for leading the way towards becoming Ireland’s first White Ribbon University. In his speech, Colm referenced our focus on advancing gender equality and ending gender-based violence “in an innovative way – through transforming masculinities and engaging men and boys as allies”, as well as building allyship with women and girls.

Joyce O’Sullivan, who is a member of our Client Support team based in the Southwest, represented MDN/White Ribbon at the event in Tralee.

Recent research on workplace wellbeing was outlined at the Healthy Workplace Networking Seminar at the Department of Health Head Office in Dublin on Monday, May 23. Lorcan Brennan, MDN’s Training & Resource Development Manager, and Finian Murray, HSE Men’s Health Development Officer (pictured) were among those who attended the half-day gathering in the Department of Health, taking the opportunity to promote plans for Men’s Health Week, which takes place from June 13–19th and is themed ‘MISSION: isPOSSIBLE’.

Engage Training with new team in the Midlands

Pictures from an enjoyable and educational two days of Engage Training workshops held in Athlone on April 27-28 with the new team of national trainers drawn from all the Community Healthcare Organisations in the HSE.

Sharing our 25 years’ experience with Oireachtas

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Advocates for social change

The Men’s Development Network has influenced policy on men’s issues at local, regional, national and international levels and has a proud record in multi-agency work and engagement.

The Men’s Development Network is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Waterford, Ireland, with the key focus on being leaders in promoting change and equality within society. 

Under the mission statement “Better Lives for Men; Better Lives for All,” the Men’s Development Network works with men on various levels including one-to-one, developmental, parenting, behaviour change group work, training, phoneline support and awareness raising.

This work is carried out through our funded projects including Men’s Development Programme, Men’s Health Programme, MEND Domestic Violence Intervention Programme, MAL Men’s Advice Line and Men’s Counselling Service.

Promoting health & wellbeing in farming communities

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RIGHT: Clare Thoma, FarmConnect coordinator, and Dr David Meredith of Teagasc at its recent seminar on farmer health and wellbeing in Ashtown, Dublin. Click image for more about this event.


ON FEIRM GROUND — the new workshop series that equips agricultural advisors with the knowledge and skills to engage farmers around their health & wellbeing — continued its successful nationwide rollout in February and early March.

Delivered online, the course is Unit 8 of the ‘Engage’ National Men’s Health Training Programme. Specialising in evidence-based best practice around connecting males with health and social services, the Engage model was developed to address the deficit in gender-sensitive service provision.

The Men’s Development Network worked with its Engage Training partners (namely Institute of Technology Carlow, HSE Ireland, Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, and Waterford Institute of Technology) to prepare and deliver the course modules.

Originally intended for in-room settings but adapted to the landscape shaped by Covid-19, On Feirm Ground is instead being workshopped live online to frontline agri advisors around Ireland. It informs their engagement with farmers on health and wellbeing issues and in signposting clients to appropriate services.

Supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Dept of Health and the HSE (see here), the programme serves to mainstream a health promotion focus into routine farming extension activities.

“The feedback from the rollout of On Feirm Ground has been very positive,” says Lorcan Brennan, MDN’s National Training & Resource Development Manager. “It’s proving a versatile and rich remote learning experience. All involved are drawing much from the valuable and interesting content covered each day.”

Sessions are being facilitated by agricultural advisors in conjunction with key partners, including MDN and the HSE. Throughout February and early March, 10 online training days took place.

Registrations and academic research feedback are being channelled through the dynamic new website. Bookings were very strong, with some dates oversubscribed. The next series of ‘get On Feirm Ground’ workshops are due to take place in June.

New GBV Prevention Fund

Seán Cooke, CEO of Men's Development Network, joined representatives from Rethink Ireland and the National Women's Council of Ireland, along with leading campaigners for gender equality and justice, at the February 22 launch of a new 'Freedom From Fear' Fund supporting projects aimed at preventing Gender-Based Violence. MC Sonya Lennon (foreground), founder of WorkEqual, is holding a copy of A Proclamation to end violence against women in this country, which was live printed in the National Print Museum. Click image for further details. Photo: Alan Betson/Irish Times

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MDN and MOVE Ireland to stage major event at DCU this August. Click graphic for details.


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Our MEND Programme for men perpetrating relationship violence is taking referrals.
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Parenting programme begins its 2022 rollout

The 2022 rollout of our The Good Enough Parent Programme was FULLY BOOKED within days of registration opening in early May. See social media for updates about further sessions beyond the current intake. Click images for more info.

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Connacht Champions show the way: Sligo U20 footballers partner with the White Ribbon Ireland campaign: click above

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Watch the recent HSE Health & Wellbeing Masculinities and Mens Health webinar, with great insights into farmers health, as well as practical tips to engage men. MDN's Lorcan Brenan co-hosted the April 26 event.


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A fully booked Valentine’s Day presentation was delivered to Facilitators of the HSE’s Quit Smoking for Men Programme, drawing on key learnings from the Engage National Men’s Health Programme and highlighting evidence-based insights.

MDN’s Lorcan Brennan and Finian Murray, Men’s Health Development Officer within the HSE Ireland Health Promotion and Improvement Department, co-facilitated this online workshop (hosted by the HSE’s Caitriona Reynolds). It focused on positively supporting and engaging men with their health and wellbeing, specifically around the subject of smoking.

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