Meet the Speakers

We are delighted to have 3 guest speakers during the Online Showcase on Thursday.

Ray Burke of Active Connections, Maeve Murphy from Cork Craft and Design and Rory Allen from Ballymaloe will all be joining us to give us some insight into their enterprises.

Ray founded and lead the development of Active Connections Ltd – a company at the forefront of introducing Adventure based therapies in Ireland. It offers rapid response with particular emphasis on minimising family/foster/residential care home placement breakdown.

The programme is specially designed using a range of therapeutic programmes and outdoor activities to build on the young peoples, families or placements strengths and will aim to address any issue that young person, families or care givers have.

Ray is the winner of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland elevator award and says “Working with people with behavioural difficulties we aim to ‘change lives through adventure’. Read more about Active Connections here

Maeve from Cork Craft & Design (CCD) brings together craftspeople from across Cork County, regardless of whether they are members of other local guilds, associations or networks, in order to build country-wide business opportunity for the sector.
From ceramicists, jewellers and textile-workers to furniture-makers, wood turners and carvers, paper and felt makers, sculptors and many more, Cork Craft & Design brings together the very best of Cork’s unique creative arts and crafts and is a celebration of the amazing abundance and variety of high quality craft produced in Cork County and City.Read more about CCD here
Rory talks to us from Ballymaloe House & Restaurant – a family-run country house hotel famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food.  It is one of Ireland’s mosts loved Country Houses and in 2019 was voted Ireland’s Favourite Food Experience.  The house itself is a 17th century Irish country farm house built onto a Norman castle and nestled in a 300-acre farm in East Cork.
It now celebrates over 50 years of international recognition as the home of Irish Country cuisine and hospitality. The Ballymaloe Cookery School and gardens are 4km from Ballymaloe House (cookery demonstrations or private tours of the school and gardens can be organised on request) and the Ballymaloe Grainstore runs a full programme of festivals and events onsite throughout the year.More details can be seen on their website here


We are certainly looking forward to hearing from them and hope you are too.

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