Our Speakers

Our talent provide a range of services: speakers and motivational talent, after-dinner speakers, team building, conference facilitators, awards hosts, MCs and comedians.

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John Kavanagh

Head Coach Straight Blast Gym, Coach to world renowned UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor Mc Gregor and Author of the best selling book ‘Win or Learn’ in which John tells his remarkable life story – which is at the heart of the story of the extraordinary explosion of MMA in Ireland and globally.

John Kavanagh, who runs Straight Blast Gym Ireland, is one of the world's leading mixed martial arts coaches. Ireland’s first MMA fighter, first Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and first coach of a UFC Champion. 

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Mike Sheridan

Mike Sheridan is a journalist, broadcaster and producer with a decade of experience in Irish media. He has presented live television on RTE and produced and featured in documentaries for Setanta Sports and TV3. 

Mike has hosted numerous media events for brands including Budweiser, Unilever, Jameson, Tiger Beer, Arnotts, Guinness, Paramount Pictures, Jack and Jones and Universal Pictures.  In December of 2016 he hosted 3 sold out nights at Vicar Street with 'Narcos' DEA Agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy. 

Having spent 6 years as a journalist with entertainment.ie, Mike joined Maximum Media in 2013 to become editor-in-chief of JOE.ie. Under Mike's tenure as editor the site grew from 380k to over 2 million unique visitors a month. He has since re-joined entertainment.ie as senior editor where traffic has gone from 1.3 unique users a month, to 2.9 million. 

Mike features regularly on TV3 and RTE, and appears frequently on national radio. He has also interviewed the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Harrison Ford, The Rock and many more on a one-to-one basis; as well as hosting live events with Conor McGregor, Russell Crowe, Jack Reynor, Bernard Brogan and countless others. 

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Annmarie O'Connor

Author/Fashion Journalist/Stylist/Closet Therapist

Annmarie is an award-winning fashion writer, stylist, wardrobe wellness coach and author of The Happy Medium (out January 2017) and The Happy Closet® – self-help guides to finding personal and sartorial balance. Annmarie’s editorial and styling work appear in the Irish Examiner, Louis Vuitton City Guide (Dublin editor), The Sunday Times Style, The Irish Times, Irish Tatler, The Gloss and Image. She has also styled for London Fashion Week, The Voice of Ireland and clients like LVMH, Harvey Nichols, Brown Thomas and BT2.

On air, Annmarie is a contributor to The Dave Fanning Show, The Ryan Tubridy Show; TV3′s Xposé and RTÉ’s Today show. She regularly MC’s events and speaks about the link between mindfulness and fashion for clients including Laya Healthcare, Enable Ireland, Ely Lily, EY and the Ideal Home Show.

Annmarie has been featured in Image magazine as one Ireland’s Hot Shots (February 2009) and one of Ireland’s 100 Most Inspiring Women (February 2011); on RTE.ie as one of Ireland’s Top 20 Style Stars (May 2012) and in Irish Tatler Business on Ireland’s Power List: Women of Influence (2013, 2014 and 2015). She is also the 2015 Kerry Fashion Week Best Irish Fashion Stylist and Irish Fashion Ambassador winner and recipient of the Cork Fashion Week 2016 Stylish Entrepreneur award.

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Rozanna Purcell

Author of @naturalbornfeeder cookbook-Whole Foods, Whole Life & Creator of @ripebyroz natural beauty products.

Roz is a well-established model and author with a huge following of loyal fans. To launch her first cookbook, Natural Born Feeder, Whole Foods, Whole Life, Roz decided to pull together a 3-day pop-shop to sell items from her book. Roz was keen to meet with people who followed her blog and loved health food. She wanted people to experience just how tasty healthy could be and what they could achieve by creating recipes from her book.

Roz was very creative when launching her cookbook to ensure it wasn’t something that had been done before. Roz is always looking for innovative ways to build her brand and reach new audiences while still maintaining strong relationships with her current following. Last year Roz was involved in collaborations with Bloom Festival, Taste of Dublin, Electric Picnic, Wellfest and Longitude carrying out live cooking demos and selling Natural Born Feeder products. Roz also participated last year in RTE Taste of Success 2016. She writes a monthly column for Xposé Magazine documenting food related events and recipes. Roz also writes a regular travel piece for the Independent Travel section.

Roz has been involved with many collaborations and speaking/ hosting events. She has appeared on Ch4 Celebrity Come Dine With Me, RTE Food Bites, Celebrity Bainisteoir RTE, The Restaurant TV3. 

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Des Bishop

Des is currently touring with his stand-up show One Day You’ll Understand, following sell out runs of Grey Matters and Coming Home to huge acclaim.

Since moving from Queens, New York to Ireland in his mid teens, Des Bishop has carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having a number of acclaimed television series on RTÉ including The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006), the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008) and most recently, Des Bishop’s Election (2016). In 2011, RTÉ broadcast a critically acclaimed documentary made with his terminally ill father, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond . The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations make Des Bishop a “must-see” for fans of unique, inquiring and entertaining comedy.

Undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic forces on the international comedy circuit Des continues to travel the world with his stand-up shows. In 2014, after spending a year living in China learning Mandarin, as depicted in the six part documentary series broadcast on RTÉ, Des Bishop: Breaking China.

As well as national and international tours, Des has performed at a variety of international festivals including the Montreal Just for Laughs and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as at Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin.

Des has released five stand-up DVDs including Des Bishop Live (2005), Tongues (2008) and Desfunctional (2009) and Made in China (2015) which all secured top ten positions. Organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Des has also written two stage plays, Rap Éire and Shooting Gallery, in collaboration with Arthur Riordan.

His first book, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, a family memoir, was published by Penguin in October 2011.

Television Credits:

Des Bishop’s Election (RTÉ, 2016)

Des Bishop: Breaking China (RTÉ, 2014)

Spicks and Specks (ABC, 2008 – 2014)

My Dad Was Nearly James Bond (RTÉ, 2011)

Just for Laughs (RTÉ, 2010)

In The Name of the Fada (RTÉ, 2008)

Joy In The Hood (RTÉ, 2006)

A Comic’s Climb (HBO, 2005)

The Des Bishop Work Experience (RTÉ, 2004)

Don’t Feed the Gondalas (RTÉ, 2000)