Second in series inspirational East Clare talks

Second in series inspirational East Clare talks


Series of inspirationaEast Clare talks on overcoming challenges

Series of inspirational East Clare talks on overcoming challengesThe second talk will take place on November 28th at St. Joseph’s Secondary School and will be given by Eugene Hogan, a native of Tipperary but who now lives in East Clare.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Community and the power of positive thinking will be at the core of three talks the second of which will talk place on Tuesday next.

The free talks, titled ‘Together We’re Strong’, are aimed at reaffirming the importance of community and how it can, in particular, bring people through the toughest times in their lives.

The first talk at Scarriff Community College last week featured Everest mountaineer and Co. Clare man John Burke who spoke of the spiritual aspect of his journey. John also spoke about how people, no longer with him but who had a huge impact on his life, brought him through and, indeed, how he and his wife Aoibhín have established a charity, Elevate, to focus on youth mental health.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The second talk, on Tuesday, November 28th at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, will be given by Eugene Hogan, a native of Tipperary but who now lives in East Clare.

He will talk about the tragic death of his brother Dermot – then the Offaly U-21 hurling manager – in a farming accident and how his family was wrapped up in a circle of support by local, GAA and farming communities during that tragic time.

The third and final talk will be from Armagh star and motivational speaker Oisín McConville, who will give an account of his battle to overcome a gambling addition, a battle that he could never have taken on were it not for  the support of others.

The talks are being arranged under the banner of the East Clare Cluster of parishes and, according to one of the organisers Fr. Donagh O’Meara, Moderator of the Cluster, are aimed at reminding people of the importance of positivity and community.

“We’re doing these talks for two reasons. One is to bring people together in a spirit of community because if you look at rural Ireland so many of the places where people gathered are goneso you now have to create spaces where people can come together.

“The second reason for the talks is everybody in their lives experiences challenges or suffering in one way or another at some point. Somebody once said that it’s not so much that you suffer but it’s how you face your suffering that defines you. It can often hearten you when you see the courage of another. It can lift you and these talks will be uplifting.

“The common thread in it is that all these talks will essentially be about how community pulled and brought our speakers, in one way or another, through and there’s a lesson for us all in that.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.