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This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
2:15pm - 5:30pm IST
(UTC +1hr)
Cork, M

Taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012, TEDxCity2.0 will be a day when TEDx communities around the world will host an event to share the powerful narratives of urban innovators and organizers, stewards and artists, builders and tastemakers. TEDxUCC is participating in this event that is occurring in 70 other cities world wide, from Beijing to Port-au-Prince. TEDxUCC along with other universities including TEDxYALE in the USA, TEDxWARWICK in the UK, and TEDxYORKU in Canada is delighted to be contributing to this global event. TEDxUCC has organised aTEDxCity2.0 at the Granary Theatre Cork and has invited speakers to talk on a range of events that are integral to the future development of a city like Cork. Topics include education, health, the environment, food, space and development.

We had 7 speakers at our event and the first speaker Áine Hyland spoke on the the pressing need for a closer link in the city of the future between the university and its home city“Town and Gown –Bridging the Gap”.

Avril Quinn described how we need first aid for suicide prevention in her talk "Suicide, a tough subject but everybody's business”.

Michael Hobbs outline his journey from protester to stakeholder in promoting the environment in the city of the future “Protester or Stakeholder as change agent in the Environmental Movement”.

Denise Cahill told us that the health city of the future does not view people 65 years and over as dependent but rather as active participants and contributors in “Cork – City of Health, City of the Future”.

Regina Sexton brought us on a wonderful journey in ‘Cork: the Food Capital of Ireland. Are we brilliant or what?”.

Pio Fenton described how prejudice continues only because we continue to feed it and how we have choices about this in our future city in “Society, Prejudice and Suicide”.

Finally Brendan O’Sullivan encouraged us to explore Cork’s paths, edges, nodes and landmarks in “Reading the City: a question of Quality and Scale”

Granary Theatre
Cork, M
Event type:
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Áine Hyland

Professor Áine Hyland is an author and retired academic. She was a founder of the Dalkey School Project in 1974, secretary and later chairperson of Educate Together, making her a founding member of the multidenominational school movement. Her other roles include senior Lecturer and Admissions Officer in Carysfort College (1980-1986), a senior lecturer in the education department of University College Dublin (1986-1993), Professor of Education in University College Cork (1993-2006) and Vice-President (Academic) of UCC (1999-2006)

Regina Sexton

Regina Sexton is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook based in County Cork. Her publications include Ireland's Traditional Foods and A Little History of Irish Food, which won the Jeremy Round Award from the British Guild of Food Writers. She has won 2 Sophie Coe Memorial Prizes in Food History at St . Anthony's College, Oxford

Avril Quin

Avril works with a group called Breaking The Silence in a voluntary capacity. Breaking The Silence are a voluntary group which work to help create a Suicide Safer Community by connecting the person at risk of Suicide with life preserving resources. Professionally Avril works as a HR Consultant and as a Career Coach, is qualified in Occupational Testing by the British Psychological Society and Gallup and holds a Masters in HR Leadership, a Higher Diploma in HR Management and is a chartered member of the CIPD.

Pio Fenton

Pio Fenton is the Regional Director of Samaritans in Ireland (NI and ROI) with responsibility for the delivery and development of the emotional support service throughout the island. This role, which is a volunteer position, involves leading the organisation and its 2000 volunteers in Ireland  and follows on from his role as Director of Cork Samaritans. Pio currently works as a lecturer in Business at Waterford Institute of Technology having completed a PhD in Computer Science at Cork Institute of Technology in 2006. He has been a volunteer with Samaritans since 2004 and lives in Blackrock in Cork City. 

Michael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs is chairman of Cork Environmental Forum. Michael Hobbs has been an activist since the early 1980s, originally involved in a countrywide peace campaign in the UK based out of Yorkshire. He got involved in the environmental movement and set-up the Aire Valley Earth First in Leeds in 1989. He now lives in West Cork, since he moved to the Alternative Lifestyle Community of Coolmountain, in 1993.

Brendan O'Sullivan

Brendan O’Sullivan heads up UCC’s planning school which was established in 2006 and which offers professional planning education through its flagship masters course, the M.Plan. He is a chartered planner with a civil engineering and urban design background and was educated at UCC and the University of Edinburgh. A native of Cork city, he has more than twenty years’ experience of urban and rural planning both in Ireland and abroad. He has also worked as a civil engineer with a UK consulting firm and spent two periods of overseas development work (in Sri Lanka and in The Gambia) as a planner and lecturer. In recent years he has headed up the Planning Policy Unit of Cork County Council and has worked on a range of multidisciplinary planning projects covering subjects such as coastal zone management, stakeholder dialogue, planning for wind energy, and technical training. Brendan is also a Senior Lecturer in the UCC Department of Geography

Denise Cahill

Denise Cahill is a Senior Health Promotion Officer with the Health Service Executive. Denise has a BSc. in Sport & Exercise Science and a Masters in Health Promotion. Denise has worked as a researcher in the area of Public Health but her real passion is health promotion and she has worked in this area for the past 12 years. Denise has worked in the areas of Schools Health Promotion, Physical Activity and Tobacco Control. In more recent years she has developed her understanding and commitment to community health promotion and has coordinated the health profile of Cork City in support of World Health Organisation recognition of Cork as a Healthy City.

Organizing team


Cork, Ireland
  • Hynes Helen
  • Cathal Kerrigan
  • Bridget Maher
  • Marian McCarthy
  • Connie Mulcahy
  • Kathryn Neville
  • Uwe Schiller
  • Tom McCarthy
  • Barry O'Brian
    Social Media
  • Hannah Nemer
    Official Photographer