Towards an ACE-Aware, trauma-responsive Ireland: Firkin Crane event Cork 08 April 2019

This event was an open discussion with survivors of childhood trauma and professionals working in the Early Years sector, education, health, addiction and homeless services about the desirability of raising public and political awareness of the prevalence and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ireland and the need for a collaborative cross sector trauma-responsive approach for better individual and societal outcomes.

There were contributions on the adverse experience of class, attachment and Infant Mental Health, supporting parents with experience of interpersonal trauma, manifestations of trauma in the school setting, ACEs in the Travelling Community, being a child in the care system, the long-term impact of child sex abuse, Open Dialogue as an approach to mental health, the role of the community in building resilience, the importance of being calm to thrive and homelessness as a symptom of childhood trauma.


With contributions from :

Tracey Farrell's poem "Open the can of worms" (read by Jane Mulcahy at 1 min 16 secs)

Lord Mayor of Cork, Mick Finn - Poverty and the Adverse Experience of Class (at 6 mins 25 secs)

Catherine Maguire, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist, Young Knocknaheeny - The Pre-birth to Three Year Developmental Period: The Makings for a Sturdy or Fragile Start in Life (at 17 mins 20 secs)

Lynda Monaghan, Tusla - Meitheal: Tulsa-led early intervention practice model (at 28 mins 05 secs)

David Cashman, principal of Sundays Well Boys National School - Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness: creating a culture of kindness in schools (at 42 mins 06 secs)

Helen O'Sullivan, Traveller Mental Health Community Worker, Healthy Minds Project - ACEs and the Travelling Community (at 43 mins 45 secs)

Cormac -Reflections on the care system, CAMHS and addiction services (at 1 hour 02 mins 25 secs)

Hazel Katherine Larkin, AASVI - The Long Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse (at 1 hour 12 mins 03 secs)

Dr Dan Hartnett, Trainee Clinical Psychologist and Maura O'Donovan, psychotherapist with Open Dialogue - Open Dialogue and Trauma Informed Care (at 1 hour 30 mins 10 secs)

Senator Colette Kelliher, Seanad Eireann - Building Resilience … it takes a village (at 1 hour 42 mins 11 secs)

Valerie Wistreich, integrative psychotherapist and group trainer, Insight Mindful and The Well Institute - Get calm and thrive (at 1 hour 57 mins 03 secs)

Dr Anna Marie Naughton, GP with the HSE Homeless Integration Team -  Hidden in plain sight (at 2 hours 07 mins 48 secs)

Jane Mulcahy (event organiser)


Title image: "Weary" by Iona

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