Endorsements & Press

Our work has garnered widespread support among the Academic and Social Care Communities including the following.

Mr John Lonergan the Former Governor for Mountjoy Prison. John has supported our work since 2014 and came to a graduation of students from O’ Fiaich College where Mark Mc Cormack piloted his first programme in a TY year. John spoke to the students about peer groups and making choices and commended Mark and his team for their hard work in getting Create the Great in You Ltd established.
Professor Tom Collins, former Head of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Bahrain. Chairperson of both the Governing Bodies of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) since 2013 and founding Chairperson of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) since 2015. Appointed Chairperson of the Public Water Forum in 2015. Tom has supported Create the Great in You Ltd and offered his support and brilliant mind throughout.
Denis Cummins is the Academic Dean at Hibernia College and former President at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Denis awarded Mark The Presidents Prize in 2015 for his Contribution to College and Community Life. Denis has supported our endeavour since 2015 and recently came to O’ Carolan College to support a group of students who completed the programme.
Dr Bernadette Brereton is a lecturer from Dundalk Institute of Technology and mentored Mark throughout his final research paper. With published research interests in the areas of education, gender, social network analysis, community engagement and citizenship, Bernadette has an international research profile, which includes the publication of research papers, book chapters and conference papers and organising and presenting at national and international conferences in the field of education. She is a member of the National Forum Professional Development Expert Advisory Group and Director of the Social Sciences Research Group in DkIT. Bernadette recently won the National Teaching Expert Award. Her e-portfolio is available at https://berniebrereton.wixsite.com/portfolio
Donal Mc Cormack is the Service Director National Children’s Residential Services at Tusla – Child and Family Agency. Donal has held Regional and National positions in the HSE and Tusla throughout a distinguished career and has provided support and advice in the development of Create the Great in You.
Dr Kevin Howard currently lectures in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Kevin was a former lecturer and mentor to Mark while he studied Social Care at the institute. Dr Kevin Howard was instrumental to Mark’s journey and introduced him to mentoring.
Liam O’ Gogain a former lecturer from Dundalk Institute of Technology. Liam established “Parental Equality”. Liam who supported Mark at the initial concept stage of the idea of establishing a mentoring programme to support young men and the wider community. Liam has continued to offer support and advice to Mark and his team since 2014.
Johnny Meehan is currently a Senior Social Care manager for the Talbot Group. He worked for Focus Ireland and was the head of services for Yap Ireland for a number of years. Johnny holds a Masters in Mentoring and Coaching and is heavily involved in community work within his locality.

Press Mentions

LMFM Interview with TY Students
Independent.ie (External link)
Talk of the Town (External link)
This is Ardee (External link)

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