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The Love and Courage podcast features interviews with inspirational people who are making a real difference in the world today. Guests are typically people passionate about social justice, and who have demonstrated courage and conviction in their lives. Ruairí McKiernan is a multi award winning Irish social innovator, campaigner, writer and public speaker. He is the founder of the pioneering SpunOut youth organization, and helped set-up the Uplift and the A Lust For Life non-profits. In 2012 the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins appointed Ruairí to the Council of State, a constitutional advisory body whose members include all former leaders of the country. Ruairí is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright fellowship, and he contributes regularly to the media on youth, health, community and social justice issues.

Love and Courage Ruairí McKiernan

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The Love and Courage podcast features interviews with inspirational people who are making a real difference in the world today. Guests are typically people passionate about social justice, and who have demonstrated courage and conviction in their lives. Ruairí McKiernan is a multi award winning Irish social innovator, campaigner, writer and public speaker. He is the founder of the pioneering SpunOut youth organization, and helped set-up the Uplift and the A Lust For Life non-profits. In 2012 the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins appointed Ruairí to the Council of State, a constitutional advisory body whose members include all former leaders of the country. Ruairí is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright fellowship, and he contributes regularly to the media on youth, health, community and social justice issues.

    Ann Marie Flanagan - Disability Rights Champion

    Ann Marie Flanagan - Disability Rights Champion

    Ann Marie Flanagan is a disabled human rights activist from County Clare in the west of Ireland. Growing up in a tight-knit, supportive community, she says attitudes towards her physical impairment were generally inclusive. However, that changed when Ann Marie hit the age of 12 and entered secondary school. She says the environment was hostile and exclusionary. Despite the challenges, she went on to flourish, completing an IT degree and getting involved in student activism. She has also ...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    John Seed - Legendary 78 year old Australian environmental activist

    John Seed - Legendary 78 year old Australian environmental activist

    John Seed is a 78-year-old world-renowned Australian environmental educator, author, activist, artist and filmmaker. A recipient of the Australian government’s Order of Australia medal, John is the founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre and, since 1979, has been involved in 100s of campaigns and education initiatives that have protected remaining rainforests and helped humanity rethink our relationship with nature. John and his family first came to Australia as Jewish ...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Rev Tim Costello - Renowned Australian Humanitarian

    Rev Tim Costello - Renowned Australian Humanitarian

    Tim Costello is one of Australia's most well-known and respected community leaders. In recent times he was voted one of Australia’s 100 national living treasures. A recipient of Victorian of the Year and Victoria's Australian of the Year accolades, as well as an Officer of the Order of Australia, he is an influential leader on a range of social issues, including the huge harm caused by the scourge of gambling in Australia.Tim is a previous longtime CEO of World Vision Australia and has helped...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Don O'Leary - Director of Cork Life Centre

    Don O'Leary - Director of Cork Life Centre

    This episode features a conversation with Cork man Don O'Leary. Don is the Director of the Cork Life Centre, which is a voluntary organization established over 20 years ago to offer an alternative learning environment to young people aged 12-18 who have not thrived or coped in a mainstream educational setting. I have visited the centre as a guest speaker in the past and witnessed first-hand the loving and creative environment in which young people can flourish. The centre has struggled t...

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Wallis Bird - Musician and Songwriter

    Wallis Bird - Musician and Songwriter

    Wallis Bird is one of my favourite artists and perhaps my favourite all-time performer. Originally from Wexford Ireland, Wallis has been based in Berlin Germany for over a decade. She has 7 albums to her name including her latest called Hands, which is in many ways is a celebration of uniqueness and difference. The origin story goes back to when Wallis was 18 months old 5 of her fingers were severed in a lawnmower accident. 4 were sown back on meaning she ended up losing one and from then on ...

    • 37 min
    Michael Barron - Human Rights Activist, Founding Director of BelongTo (LGBTI+ org)

    Michael Barron - Human Rights Activist, Founding Director of BelongTo (LGBTI+ org)

    My guest in this episode I Michael Barron. Michael is a well-known Irish human rights activist originally from rural Co Kilkenny where he grew up as a young gay man dancing to Madonna while many of the other boys focused on hurling and sports. He shares some fascinating stories and insights from that time in his life and his coming of age in Dublin and New York. Michael is currently working as the Executive Director of the Rowan Trust, which is an important independent foundation that funds i...

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

2MorrowIsNow ,

Christy Moore

As if we didn’t already love Christy Moore, this confirms he’s the man I thought him to be. And he reminds me not to give up on the craziness of the 21st century, that it is people, like our host, who gives us hope through ‘Love and Courage.’ Time for me to go pick up all the plastic lining my roadside... because that does take love and courage.

Tarinna Terrell ,

Great content! Keep shedding love and light

I look forward to listening to all of the podcast and to share them with my network in the US

ndoherty13 ,

We need more podcasts like this and people like Ruairí in the world!

Been a subscriber and patron of this podcast from the beginning. I really admire the work Ruairí does and what he stands for, and with this podcast he brings heaps of love and courage into the world. I dare you to listen to it and not feel hopeful and inspired. Thanks Ruairí for everything you do.

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