Campaigner on youth, community and social justice issues to address Tipperary PPN plenary


Tipperary PPN invites all members to attend the next Full Member Event (Plenary) on Thursday 5th May 2022, at the Order of Malta premises, Boheravohoon, Thurles, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, with refreshments and finger food at the arrival.

A plenary is the ultimate decision-making body of the PPN and members are invited to attend and approve the 2022 work plan and approve any new PPN representatives since the last plenary (which was online) in November 2021. There are one vote per registered PPN. community group.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be many opportunities to network with other groups, meet PPN representatives, including members of the Board of Directors who meet monthly to oversee the operation of the PPN.

There is a list of guest speakers, including an update on the Ukraine County Community Response Forum and news on the county’s newest social prescribing project.

You can find out what social prescribing is and how the service can really support individuals in their local communities. The main guest speaker is Ruairí McKiernan who will speak on community empowerment.

Ruairí is a charity founder, social activist, author, host and podcaster. Originally from Cootehill, County Cavan and now based in Lahinch, County Clare, he has spent over 20 years in the youth, community and voluntary sector, including 8 years as founder and CEO of the national youth organization

He was part of the founding team of the Uplift campaign movement and served on numerous boards including Gaisce and Soar.

He has won numerous awards for his work, including a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award. He was appointed by President Michael D Higgins to the Council of State and was a member from 2012 to 2019. Ruairí hosts the Creative Souls of Clare podcast and the Love and Courage podcast, both of which provide platforms for inspirational voices for change in Irish society.

He is the author of the #1 bestselling book Hitching for Hope, which recently won the US Best Book Award.

He is a passionate advocate for community-led change and mental health promotion and is currently training as a counselor and psychotherapist while working alongside organizations such as Doras to support the Ukrainian refugee relief effort. and the campaign to end direct supply.

The event promises to be an informative evening and to book please register at or contact Ruth Smith on 087-4567111/Sharon Melbourne on 086-0632717.


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