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Theme: Freedom From Conformity

This event occurred on
December 6, 2013
6:00pm - 10:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Cork, M

TEDxCorkWomen is an independently organised community event hosting inspiring and passionate talks from women across the community. The event aims to bring together people to discuss the overarching question of TEDWomen “how are women and girls shaping the future as leaders, innovators and inventors?” under the theme of the inaugural TEDxCorkWomen, ‘Freedom From Conformity’.



The Firkin Crane
John Redmond St, Shandon
Cork, M
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Niamh Griffin

Journalist, Blogger, Sports Lover. - Niamh Griffin is Health Correspondent with the Irish Mail on Sunday. The best part of her job is meeting people who believe in the impossible, one day at a time. Before this she wrote and talked on anything for anyone who would pay her bills. Niamh also blogs at ‘Inspiring Sports Women’; highlighting women who deny their inner couch-potato. In a previous life she was a MuayThai fighter based in Thailand for ten years. Twice World MuayThai Council Intercontinental Champion, she wishes everyone had the time and money to find their sport. Because sport loves you back. The Idea: We’re facing an obesity epidemic among children and teens in Ireland but we are tackling it the wrong way. Instead of imposing sugar or salt taxes, we need to change the way girls think about sport, it should be about mental strength, about smashing stereotypes and making sport as much part of girls’ lives as it is for most boys.

Dr. Shirley Gallagher

Shirley is trained as a scientist and has worked in industry for many years. But business as usual practises and lip service on sustainable action got her motivated to walk the walk. She is an experienced event manager, diplomat and social media user. Cooperative thinking and working is part of her makeup. Shirley doesn’t have all the answers but her ability to bring people together and motivate them makes her a game changer. The Idea: As an islander, Shirley believes it is natural still to group together in youth and elders from 8 to 80. Emigration has always been part of our lives so community matters. As part of the diaspora it’s a great feeling to be welcomed home by family, friends and neighbours. We feel tragedies as one and we celebrate when we can. She was involved in a sustainable island group that is focusing the island on becoming energy independent. As a result of this Shirley chose to move back to the island and now works on another European funded project; SMILEGOV. Shirley’s talk will focus on values and her ‘idea worth spreading’ is to question what makes each of us tick & think about which of our values are we validating when we make choices.

Prof. Anita Maguire

Vice President for Research & Innovation, UCC. - Anita undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at UCC. Following postdoctoral research abroad, she returned to the Department of Chemistry in UCC in 1991working her way up to the newly-established Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2004. Since her appointment at UCC she has played a strategic role in the development of teaching and learning, including the introduction of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at undergraduate level for the first time. The Idea: Anita is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, STI policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and IRIS h Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). Her talk will focus on the interface between academic research and enterprise.

Joanne O’Riordan –

Young Person of the Year 2012. - Joanne O’Riordan is one of nine people in the world with the condition Tetra-amelia syndrome, meaning she was born with no limbs. Joanne is a proud Millstreet native. Over the past few years, she has successfully taken on Taoiseach Enda Kenny on issues relating to disability allowances, addressed the UN on the difference technology can make to the life of someone livingwith a disability, and challenging those present to build her a robot. She discussed technology with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Apple. She has been named Cork Person of the Month and Young Person of the Year at the People of the Year Awards. Her brother Stephen has made a film of her life, titled No Limbs No Limits, which has received positive attention in local and national media. The Idea: Joanne will talk about the importance of women providing empowerment to other girls and women

June O’Reilly

Lecturer in Communication, CIT. - June O’Reilly has lectured in Communication at Cork Institute of Technology for the past 23 years, having qualified from UCC in 1992 with a First Class Honours Master’s degree in English. As editor of CIT’s interdisciplinary journal of Art and Science (TABLEAU) between 1995 and 2006, she organised a variety of cultural and art events such as student-relevant debates on the legalisation of cannabis and the regulation of security personnel in Cork nightclubs; art installations and a Hall of Ethics in 2006, which drew much attention in the arts community and media. June has been a guest of Marian Finucane and contributed at various times to Arts programmes on RTE radio. June O’Reilly has had the honour of being the first and only third-level lecturer in Ireland to have his/her toilet bowl reproduced on the cover of a third-level publication. Her current ambition is to have a good argument with Vincent Browne. The Idea: The specific theme of Freedom from Conformity derived as it is from a larger question of how women and girls are shaping the future as leaders, innovators, and inventors implies that it is through breaking with convention and freeing ourselves from rules that bind us in habitual, predictable ways of thinking that innovation occurs. As such, non-conformity is to be encouraged, so that there can be inventions and new ideas, as opposed to merely mechanical repetitions of things that have been successfully done in the past. The idea worth spreading – the idea that needs to be spread – is that if we encourage people to think for themselves, to think outside the box, as the cliché goes, we should make it clear that such freedom comes at a price; it demands risk-taking and work and vigilance and grit, whether this thinking happens in science or art or business or in any other sphere of human activity.

Julie Goo

Entertainment - Julie Goo is a Cork-born performance poet, singer & songwriter who has been involved in theatre for most of her life. Her spoken word performances have been making waves through out the country, and over seas the past year. Julie was one of two poets chosen to represent Cork in the annual literary twinning between Cork and Coventry this year. She holds a first class honours degree from UCC, as well as an MPhil in Modern Irish. Ms Goo is the reigning Munster Slam Poetry Champion, and will be representing Munster in the All-Ireland Slam Finals in Galway in December. She is passionate about the Educate Together model of education, and is currently training to be a primary school teacher.

Organizing team


Cork, Ireland
  • Niamh McNally
    Event Organiser, Curator & PR
  • Jean Martin
    Event Organiser, PR, Marketing & Corporate Sponsorship Liaison
  • Finn Flynn
    Member of Curating Panel
  • Jennifer DeWan
    Member of Curating Panel
  • Deirdre Dwyer
    Venue Design
  • Kieran Daly
    Web Design
  • Kieran Rigby
    Graphic Design
  • Aoife Moylan
    Social Media
  • Colm Walsh
  • Marcin Lewandowski
  • Deirdre O'Shaughnessy
  • Maaike Mijland
    Sponsorship Liaison