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56: #56| Mary Moynihan: Smashing Times

This week on Sparking Change, Dil talks to Mary Moynihan. Mary is the artistic director for Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company (more info here). Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company is a not-for-profit, human rights based organsiation that uses creative process, theatre and film to promote human rights, gender equality, reconcilliation and social inclusion for all. In 2018, the company established the new Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights, a hub for...


55: #55 | 100 Years on: Women Creating Change

This week on Sparking Change, Dil is joined by an extremely impressive group of women: Grace O'Sullivan, Melanie Lynch, Amy de Bhrún, Donna Gilligan and Eileen O'Sullivan. As it is a hundred years since women gained the right to vote in Ireland, Dil’s guests are at the Waterford Walls Festival to discuss stories of creative women a hundred years ago, who fought for change through creative thinking. Grace O’Sullivan is an elected member of Seanad Éireann. As well as this, she is a mother of...


54: #54 | Waterford Walls Street Art Festival

This week on Sparking Change, Dil brings us another episode from the sunny south-east, at this years’ Waterford Walls street art festival. Waterford Walls is an international street art festival started by The Walls Project that transforms Waterford City into an open-air gallery. Waterford Walls invites over 50 artists again in 2018 to transform the city walls, continuing to make Waterford an essential cultural attraction and International go-to destination for street art. This year’s...


53: #53 | Niamh Darcy: Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park

This week on Sparking Change, Dil takes some time from her holiday to speak to Niamh Darcy, one of the owners of Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park (more info here). Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park is a 4 star Fáilte Ireland recommended tourist Caravan, Camping, Motorhome and private Mobile Home Park located in the Sunny South East of Ireland, Co Wexford. The Holiday Park is owned and operated by brother and sister – Hugh and Niamh Darcy – with this present generation carrying on the family...


52: #52 | From The VISUAL in Carlow: LGBTI Voices Report

This week on Sparking Change, Dil records from the VISUAL in Carlow, as she is joined by Joanne Donohoe of the Carlow Community Development partnership, and Hayley Fox Roberts, the consultant and author of the LGBTI voices report. The LGBTI Voices report was a research report into the needs and capacity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex population of Carlow. The study was conducted through online surveys, one-to-one interviews and focus groups. Dil, Joanne and Hayley...


51: #51 | From the Gutter Bookshop: GAZE LGBT film festival

This week on Sparking Change, Dil joins us from the Gutter Bookshop as she first interviews Sarah Williams, the chairperson of GAZE LGBT film festival (more info here). The Gaze LGBT film festival has striven over the last 25 years to provide a platform for screening the best of LGBT cinema. The Festival is a place for the LGBT community and allies to come together to have fun, be moved, be challenged and become energised. The legacy of GAZE is a vibrant record of a changed Ireland. Dil then...


50: #50 | Brian Teeling: Uncover

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil is joined by photographer Brian Teeling to discuss his latest exhibition, Uncover, which has recently finished in Dublin, and will be at The Lavit Gallery in Cork from the 2nd–9th of August (more info here). Uncover will feature over fifty portraits of subjects drawn from a diverse cross-section of Irish LGBT+ life. The subjects of the exhibition are drawn from all walks of Irish society and include politicians, musicians, artists, activists and unsung...


49: #49 | Discovery Gospel Choir: The Elephant in the Room

In this episode of Sparking Change, Dil interviews Uche, Mika and Daniel of the Discovery Gospel Choir. We then hear their amazing performance of ‘The Elephant in the Room’ at the Peacock Stage Theatre. Formed in 2004, Discovery Gospel Choir is home to a community of creatives from across the world. With over 30 members, this Dublin-based choir has become renowned for its unique fusion of gospel, folk and world music. Using music as a way to create and connect, audiences delight in hearing...


48: #48 |Children and Family Relationships Amendment Bill

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil is joined by Senator Fintan Warfield, Paula Fagan, CEO of LGBT Ireland, as well as Dil’s wife, founder and clinical director of Insight Matters, Anne Marie Toole, to discuss the passage of the Children and Family Relationship Amendment Bill, as well as further improvements that need to be made. Yesterday, the Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the Seanad after it passed through the Dáil last week. This will allow same...


47: #47 | Su-Ming Khoo: IDEA Conference 2018

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil interviews Su-Ming Khoo, and afterwards we hear speeches from the Irish Developmental Education Association (IDEA) Conference. In Dil’s interview with Su, they discuss what developmental education is, how Su thinks of education as the ‘motor for driving change’, and how Irish society has been progressing of late, as well as the encouraging signs of young people in Ireland having a keen interest in politics. Next, we hear Su-Ming and others speak at the...


46: #46 | Louise Shanagher: Lou Lou Rose

**Louise Shanagher: Lou Lou Rose** On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to [Louise Shanagher]( [Lou Lou Rose]( is the creative partnership of Louise, a children's therapist and visual artist, Rose Finerty. Lou Lou Rose aims to nurture and promote positive mental health for children through a series of books, videos and affirmation cards. In this episode, Dil and Louise discuss what...


45: #45 | Pride Launch 2018

**Pride Launch 2018** On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil records from the Civic Offices at Dublin County Council, for the launch of Pride 2018. This is the 35th anniversary of Pride, and the theme for this year’s Pride is family. First up, Dil has a chat with Clodagh Leonard, the chairperson for Pride, and we also hear from some of the people involved in organising Pride for this year, with Clodagh as the M.C. (07:55) Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha First to speak at the event is the Lord...


44: #44 | Conor Mahon: Anxiety in Sexual Minorities

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil is joined by Conor Mahon. Conor is the principal investigator in the Anxiety in Sexual Minorities Study, at DCU. In this episode, Conor and Dil cover a broad range of topics, including the correlation between social anxiety and sexual orientation, the discrimination that can go on within the LGBTQI+ community, and the issue of internalised homophobia, as well as safety behaviours in response to social anxiety, and how to cope with such behaviours....


43: #43 | A look into Homeopathy

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil is joined by Krysia Lynch, Sheelagh Behan and Nanni Schluenz (Midwife Nanni) to discuss homeopathy and its applications to childbirth. Krysia Lynch is a doula, a homeopath and the chair of AIMS Ireland. Sheelagh Behan is a homeopath and a representative of the Irish Society of Homeopaths. Nanni Schluenz (Midwife Nanni) is a midwife specialising in homebirths. She also makes great use of homeopathy in her practice. In this episode, Dil, Krysia, Sheelagh...


42: #42 | Together for Yes at the Intercontinental Hotel

**Together for Yes at the Intercontinental Hotel** On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil is at the Together for Yes event in the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, for the announcement of the referendum results. Dil interviews some of the people involved with the incredible Together for Yes campaign, and we hear passionate speeches celebrating what was an amazingly successful campaign. (01:20) Denise Charlton Denise is the head of fundraising for Together for Yes. She and Dil discuss...


41: #41 | Together 4 Yes at the Honest2Goodness Market

On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil records once again from the Honest2Goodness market and talks to people about the upcoming referendum. Included in this episode are Emma, Sinéad, Tracy and Karen at the together4Yes table, who discuss the reality of abortion for Irish women, the dangers of being complacent in the vote, interactions with the no voters, and of course the huge importance for men to get out and vote. Dil also discusses lawyers4yes with Fiona de Londras, who are endeavouring...


40: #40 | Young Social Innovator of the Year Awards 2018

**Young Social Innovator of the Year Awards 2018** On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil hosts the Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards in Croke Park, where she has conversations with four groups of students, who discuss their projects and views on social issues. (05:40) Generation Z: What Do We Care About? In the first group, Dil talks with Niamh, Jade, Ellie, Eimear, Emma, and Eva about being in Generation Z, and the challenges that being part of that—the first generation to grow...


39: #39 | Dóchas Conference 2018

On this incredibly captivating episode of Sparking Change, Dil hosts from the Dóchas Conference 2018 in Croke Park, where she is joined by a star-studded line up of human rights activists from around the world. 01:20 Suzanne Keatinge: CEO of Dóchas First up, we hear from Suzanne Keatinge, who is the CEO of Dóchas. Dóchas is a network for organisations committed to tackling poverty and inequality around the world. Suzanne and Dil discuss the importance of having uncomfortable conversations,...