Irish philanthropist organisation ‘FiftyTwoWords’ will host their third event, titled ‘Hope’, at The Liberty Hall, North Wall Quay, Dublin City Centre at 7:30pm on Friday 29th of June.
Event ‘Hope’ will be run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and all proceeds raised on the night will be donated to this very worthy cause.
FiftyTwoWords provides a platform for people to share their personal experiences, tell their stories and define their words. Each event is based around a word or a theme where different people will explore the meaning of a word but from completely different perspectives. At the centre of every performance are words and every word tells a different story.
At this event, five very different speakers will be sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the word ‘Hope’. Barbara Brennan is an artist, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a suicide survivor, and an expert by experience in Recovery and Wellness. She is also a public speaker and facilitator who has worked with the National Stigma Reduction Campaign since 2009 starting conversations nationwide about Mental Health. In that time, she has presented and facilitated all over the country to all kinds of groups and organisations, spoken on National radio and Newspapers and appeared on TV to stir conversations – because we all have Mental Health. Her passion comes from her lived life experience, and her desire to bring the message of Hope and share the knowledge that people who have struggled with their Mental Health can and DO recover. Barbara believes strongly in personal responsibility and empowering people to achieve their potential.
Stuart McNamara is an Irish born International Whiskey Aficionado, Writer, Blogger and Podcaster. In addition to editing several Scotch Whiskey and International Whisky sites, Stuart is a passionate promoter of his native Irish Whiskey. As well as being Editor of IrishWhiskey.Com and the Irish Whiskey Trail websites, Stuart is also the creator of Irish Whiskey Day (3rd March each year) and produces a chart topping Irish Whiskey Podcast on iTunes called Irish Whiskey Pod. Stuart will tell the story of Irish Whiskeys re-emergence into the market and the hopes for the future of a growing industry synonymous with Ireland.
Nikki Bradley was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at sixteen and the receiver of a second hip replacement at the age of twenty-six. She has been informed by consultants that she is currently one of less than ten people worldwide to have lived through what she has. She set up an awareness campaign called Fighting Fit For Ewing’s (FFFE) in 2013 after receiving news that she would remain on crutches permanently. It was at this point that she decided to take her life back and since then has undertaking many amazing challenges to raise awareness and give hope to people suffering from debilitating conditions. At Event ‘Hope’, she will speak candidly about ‘Hope’ and how it can drive people to excel, even those suffering from debilitating conditions.
Frank Diamond has a degree in Theology and Anthropology and a Diploma in Philosophy and Arts from NUI Maynooth. After his Ordination to the Missionary Priesthood in 1998 he spent a total of 14 years working as a Missionary in Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Ireland. During his time in Africa he was involved in Primary Evangelisation and he set up many development projects empowering the people to have a better quality of life. Due to contracting malaria many times which was having a serious effect on his health Frank returned to work in Ireland and after a period of discernment decided to leave the Ministry and took up the role as Diocesan Manager with the International Development Charity CAFOD in Northampton. In 2013 Frank married Jennifer and they have been blessed with two little girls, Carina (4) and Laoise (3) who has Down Syndrome. He currently is working as Client Relationship Manager with Emergenetics, a US Company who specialize in personal and team development programs. Frank’s principal motivation in life has always been to help people fulfill their true potential, to help build their self-esteem and knowledge of themselves in order to be happier, more satisfied and more productive in life. Frank is an ardent GAA supporter and has two All-Ireland club football medals.
Members of the audience too will be encouraged to tell their own short stories based around ‘Hope’ and all speakers will take part in a panel discussion to end a very interesting and unique night out all in support of a very worthy cause.
Diarmuid O’Flynn – Co-Founder FiftyTwoWords
Tickets for ‘Hope’ can be purchased online through EventBrite.
Lead image by Ron Smith on Unsplash; all other images courtesy FiftyTwoWords