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Monthly Conversations

Your Passion, Your Legacy

Interview series hosted by MDN's Lorcan Brennan

Discovering what makes his guests tick and discussing their work in the men’s health and development space in this series of monthly evening conversations broadcast online.

Through his work at the MDN, on intersectoral committees and with core partnerships, Lorcan has helped shape national policy, strategy and initiatives to improve Men’s Health & Wellbeing.

Latest edition

Broadcast on Thursday 15th July 2021

Lorcan in conversation with Andy O’Hara about Supporting Traveller Men’s Health

Until very recently Andy was the Pavee Point Men’s Health Coordinator and is still doing project work with the organisation. He has been involved in working with men at risk of marginalisation for over 10 years, exploring the issues that affect them, through their own lived experience. The aim is to ensure Traveller men are leaders in developing collective responses “through a process of participation, collective decision making and action which increases our ability to inform national policies and affect positive social change.”

Previous edition

Broadcast on Thursday 17th June 2021

Rediscovering the Great Outdoors

Lorcan in conversation with Jason King, Programme Manager with Get Ireland Walking. He is an Exercise Professional and Personal Trainer with REPS Ireland. After work, travel and family, In his spare time he loves walking, photography, off-road hiking and running on trails and mountains.

With Get Ireland Walking, Waterford man Jason works to establish key partnerships with specific governmental agencies at local and national level. Working closely with health, sport and educational providers and aiming to support existing partnerships in their continued efforts. 

Get Ireland Walking provide support to local sports partnerships to deliver walking programmes, training and development, research, monitoring and evaluation. Their core work strives to support walking groups and promote a vibrant walking culture for Ireland. 

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Also coming up

Thurs 16th September: Concerning Health: Putting Men at Ease

  • Guest: Helen Forristal, Marie Keating Foundation

Thurs 21st October: Finding the Hook when Engaging Men

  • Guest: Anne Flannery, Larkin Centre

Thurs 18th November: Creatively Expressing Your Self?

  • Guest: Fergus Hogan, Waterford IT
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PAST GUESTS

Thursday 20th May 2021: Lorcan in conversation with Finian Murray, HSE. Finian does a little moonlighting as a stand-up comedian and shared insights from dual roles as comedian and his many years of working promoting Men’s Health with the HSE. Highlighting the important role humour can play in our lives for wellbeing, he also signposts to supports and resources. that can be a real help through these challenging and uncertain times.

Thursday 15th April 2021: Lorcan in conversation with Colin Fowler, Men’s Health Forum Ireland. Colin is a founding member of the Men’s Health Forum of Ireland set up in 1999 to cover the whole Island of Ireland and is currently Director of Operations. He has been involved in youth work since the 1970s and in the field of men and gender since the ’80s and has been involved in cross-community and reconciliation work over his career. He coordinates a wide alliance to deliver Men’s Health Week, and Lorcan of MDN, who has 18 years of experience engaging men in health & wellbeing and training service providers to do the same, has sat alongside Colin on a range of national committees around men’s health in Ireland.

Thursday 18th March 2021: Lorcan in conversation with Se Franklin, Men’s Development Worker. Se has 24 years of experience working with men in circles, opening up hearts and minds through shared safety and conversation. Lorcan has 18 years of experience engaging men in health & wellbeing and training service providers to do the same.