Friday Nov 25th: Following a reception in the billiards room in Ashford Castle at 7pm , 4 panelists will share their lifetime insights on ‘Purpose’ under the moderation of Joan Mulvihill from 8-10pm in the private cinema.
See the video of the talks from #cong19 in Ashford Castle
Fiona is a keynote speaker, coach and thought leader who combines her extensive experience in global investment markets with a deep interest in human potential, culture and society. Passionate about the areas of life that are innately human and finding ways to help us reconnect to ourselves, each other and our planet, the red thread that runs through all her work is narrative. She is particularly drawn to challenging existing narratives and paradigms in life, work and society and recognised as a contemporary thinker across areas such as leadership and meaning. In 2015, she was one of 50 women globally chosen to participate in the W50 Program in UCLA, California, aimed at building the next generation of global women leaders. Through her MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, Fiona undertook research into the lived experience of spirituality in the 21st Century. She continues to focus on her research areas of spirituality, meaning and purpose and authenticity through her speaking and thought leadership work. In 2019, she launched ‘Exploring Spirituality’, a series of projects aimed at creating open dialogue and conversations about spirituality in the 21st Century. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. She loves to run and hike and spend time in nature where most of the creative inspiration for her work comes from. She practices yoga and meditation and is a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher.
Dr Stephen J. Costello is a philosopher and existential psychoanalyst. He was educated at St. Gerard’s, Castleknock College , and University College Dublin, where he graduated with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. He subsequently trained in both the United States and Vienna. He is the author of fifteen books and is the founder-director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland. He leads corporate seminars in the areas of leadership, decision-making, communication, and meaning at work both nationally and internationally. He has addressed two parliaments: Stormont in Northern Ireland on human rights, and the European Parliament in Brussels on mental health. He is also an accredited Enneagram practitioner and coach.
John O’Mahony is an award winning football manager, former politician and cancer survivor. After a successful playing career winning two All-Ireland medals, John came to prominence as a coach / manager in a career that has spanned over four decades and continues with his ongoing management of the Salthill / Knocknacarra senior club side. John led eight successful provincial campaigns including Mayo, Galway and Leitrim (for the first time in 67 years) and has led six All-Ireland sides at college, club and inter-county levels. Most notably, John managed the successful Galway senior inter-county team to All-Ireland success in 1998 and 2001 which victory was the subject of an award winning documentary “A Year Til Sunday. John also had a successful decade in politics. He was first elected as a TD for Mayo in 2007, re-elected in 2011, nominated by the Taoiseach as a member of the Senate for the term 2016 – 2020 and served as Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism, Sport and Communications during his term in Dáil Éireann. In 2020, John was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and battled to recovery in 2021 with the help and support of his medical team at the Galway Clinic led by Dr Janusz Krawczyk. John has also worked with and addressed teams, clubs, companies and other organisations on how to build high performance teams, unlock potential and motivate elite individuals to perform and overcome challenges. He has spent his life working to overcome challenges, in the sporting and political arena, and brings passion, grit and commitment to everything he does. John continues to make a significant contribution to mentor and support the next generation of leaders in sport. John’s autobiography “Keeping the Faith” with John Harrington was published by Hero Books in 2015.
Caroilin Callery is on the Board of the Company that owns and developed Strokestown Park House and the National Famine Museum which she has been involved with for over four decades. She is also on the Board of the Irish Heritage Trust. She runs a number of businesses in her own right, including in the educational field. She holds a Masters in Modern Drama Studies from U.C.D. and usually has some form of theatre project on the go. She is passionate about Making History Visible and has been central to a number of outreach educational projects at the National Famine Museum including the development of the National Famine Way - a 165 km long distance trail from Strokestown to Roscommon, along the banks of the Royal Canal which is wrapped around with a full interpretive suite. She is also very passionate about early years education.
Joan Mulvihill – long time member of the Congregation. Blow-in member of Mullingar community. Sometime joiner of the artist community. Recent member of Siemens Ireland having joined as Digitalisation Lead in February 2019. She is as likely to talk to you about poetry and art as she is to talk about technology and society. She is annoyingly happy right now so you’ve been warned! For someone who says she’s not a joiner, she seems to find herself in a lot of things!!!.