Entertainers

Anton Savage

Anton Savage

Anton is a highly experienced presenter – one of our most popular hosts, and a regular MC at AGM’s, award ceremonies and conferences. His easy presenting style and wonderful ability to inform and communicate important conference messages to an audience transfers flawlessly into the corporate sector.

With many successful events under his belt for clients including Vodafone, Bank of Ireland and Barry Group, he can bring real charisma and charm to your event, engaging your audience with ease throughout.

In recent years, he has presented TV and Radio Shows including Ireland AM, The Seven O’Clock Show, The Apprentice, You’re Fired! The Sunday Business Show, and The Anton Savage Show (for which he won the PPI Award for Best Magazine Show), in the show’s inaugural year.Book Anton Savage

Engage your audience with ease

As a journalist and published author too, Anton knows how to tell a story and can engage your audience on both light-hearted topics and serious issues.  No doubt your attendees will be familiar with his writings in the likes of The Irish Independent, The Examiner, The Mail and Mail on Sunday and he has been a columnist for both The Sunday Independent and Herald. And many will be aware of his first book Spin and Win – how Irish politicians get elected, which was published in 2007 to positive reviews – but ‘almost no sales’ as he tells us himself!

You’re in safe hands

Other specialist events he has MC’d include the prestigious European People’s Party European Convention, which was addressed by the heads of dozens of EU Member States. Anton has also hosted unique ‘Audiences With’ events, which involved chatting with a range of guests, from Sir John Sawyers (former head of MI6) to Jeremy Paxman, to IKEA Global Chairman Lars-Johan Jarnheimer. 

In his day job as Managing Director of The Communications Clinic, one of Ireland’s leading communications training and advisory companies which he co-founded in 2008, he advises many clients on communications issues and strategies. And it is this insight gained from years of experience that will help him to bring an extra dimension to your next event.

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“This was our fourth time engaging Anton to facilitate our annual principals’ conference, and we have asked him back for our event in January 2019 for a reason. He is the consummate professional – completely on top of his brief and very credible in his questioning of our keynote speakers – including Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills. He is also very engaging and charming, attributes that definitely added to the atmosphere of the event, as our member feedback confirms. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Anton for similar engagements elsewhere, except where they clash with our conference, of course!”

Páiric Clerkin, CEO of IPPN – the Irish Primary Principals’ Network

“Anton Savage is a ‘pro’ – a gentleman to his fingertips and the ‘best there is’ in my opinion!”

Barry’s Group 60th Anniversary, 2015

To book Anton Savage either submit the enquiry form, mail:  info@carolandassociates.com or call  01 235 2570.

Marty Whelan

Marty Whelan

Arguably one of Ireland’s favourite broadcasters, Marty Whelan is a much loved Award-winning radio and TV personality who frequently Hosts and MCs conferences and events all over Ireland.

Marty’s professional and relaxed manner keeps audiences entertained while also taking on the serious business of presenting Awards and keeping your event on track.

As well as charity work, and being seen and heard on RTÉ radio and television, Marty has presented a variety of shows.

Best known as a broadcaster on Lyric FM,  co-host of Winning Streak and a seasoned Eurovision commentator he has alsoMarty Whelan presented Open House, Celebrity Bainisteoir and many more!

Every morning Marty takes the chill out of early morning starts with music, news, weather and travel updates on the popular show, ‘Marty in the Morning’ on RTE Radio. Marty is also a previous winner of the VIP Style Award for Most Stylish Man and recently launched his memoir, ‘That’s Life’ in Dublin.

A  hugely engaging MC, Marty has hosted conferences, awards, competitions and is a safe pair of hands who bring years of experience to and event and massively contributes to  to it’s success on the day!

Past clients:

“Marty was only magic yesterday, he was brilliant.  What I love about him, he gave everyone no matter how young or old, his time very freely.  He always makes our event stand out, so thank you so much!  (Irish League of Credit Unions, Art Competition)

Marty was absolutely brilliant. So much positive feedback from all quarters. I actually don’t think it could have gone any better.”  (ShelfLife Magazine)

To book Marty Whelan to host or MC your corporate event or to talk to us about your event requirements, either submit the enquiry form, email us: info@carolandassociates.com or call us on 01 235 2570.

Rebecca Storm

Rebecca Storm

Over the past 30 years Rebecca has established herself as one of the most popular Leading Ladies in Musical Theatre, playing some of the most demanding roles including Eva Peron in ‘Evita’, Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’, Florence in ‘Chess’, Rose in ‘Aspects of Love’, Edith Piaf in ‘Piaf’, Joan of Arc in ‘Jeanne’ and most recently Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’. At 23 she auditioned for her first Musical ‘Blood Brothers’ and although a little young to play Mrs. Johnstone – Liverpudlian Catholic mother of seven children – author Willy Russell was so captivated by her voice that he insisted Wardrobe & Make Up went to work to ‘age’ the young actress. Her portrayal of Mrs. Johnstone has become so popular that she still returns to the role after 27 years.

In 1992 Rebecca devised, co-directed and starred in ‘Hollywood Ladies’ – a tribute to her many influences from the Silver Screen – among them Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and Gracie Fields. Together with her company of fourteen singers & dancers she was awarded Best Musical Review ’92. She was very proud to be invited to sing for the King of Norway at his Coronation in 1991 and has performed several times for the British Royal Family.

Her recording career began in 1985 with a Top Twenty single ‘Putting On The Show’ which she performed on ‘Top of the Pops’, quickly followed by ‘Mr. Love’ the soundtrack from the David Putnam film of the same name. Rebecca has been presented with awards for her albums ‘Ovation’ – a tribute to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, ‘Broadway by Storm’ produced by Nigel Warren Green and conducted by the legendary Harry Robinowitz and ‘Ireland by Storm’. In 2000 she released ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ – recorded with sixty wonderful musicians and produced by Frank McNamara. Her CD ‘Celtic and Broadway” was released by Sony Music in 2003 and continues to sell around Rebecca Storm
the world. Her latest album ‘The Essential Rebecca Storm’ is a double CD consisting of a live recording of her sell out concert at Dublins’ Grand Canal Theatre and a studio album produced by her husband and Musical Director Kenny Shearer.

With numerous concerts, radio and TV appearances around the world, Rebecca enjoys a busy and varied career. After many years in Londons’ West End theatre world, Rebecca has now made Ireland her home and is more than thrilled with the honour of having her handprints set on the famous ‘Gaiety Theatre Walk of Fame’.

 

To book Rebecca Storm for your event submit the enquiry form, mail: info@carolandassociates.com or call us on 01 235 2570.

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman JimJim Quinn, or as he is professionally known throughout the music circuit in Ireland and Europe as “Gentleman Jim”, plays the acoustic guitar and sings in a style that holds back none of the energy and passion that he feels an audience deserves. Jim spent four years touring Europe and also toured World-Wide with one of the top contemporary folk bands of the nineties, “Boru”.  Never stuck for words or a song, Jim always sends the crowd home cheering for more.   Not the least of Jim’s talents through is his wonderful ability to put the people at ease and create a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for them.                     

Jim has a wide range of music from Country Heros (Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Gareth Brooks, Chris Kristoferson etc), Modern Hits (Oasis, Killers, Amy Winehouse, Jack Johnson, Greenday etc), Classics from the 60’s, 70’s right up to today’s charts. Plenty of Rock N’ Roll and not forgetting a good helping of lively Irish Ballads.

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Mental Health and Wellness Speakers

Mental Health and Wellness Speakers

Businesses around Ireland are beginning to place greater emphasis on creating a better environment for those around them.

Our Mental Health and Wellness speakers are passionate advocates. 

They use their voices to fight stigma, promote better mental healthcare, and inspire well-being. Audiences will leave feeling hopeful, empowered, and ready to ask for support if they need it.

By using meditation, psychology and lifestyle changes to educate companies on how to create a network of mental health support our speakers are leading the battle against stress

Our wide selection of speakers have all experienced the impact of mental health illness, whether first or second-hand.  They provide practical tools and strategies and most importantly share their personal experiences so no-one feels alone thus  improving the wider mental wellbeing of an entire team.

Contact us now to see our complete roster of mental health and wellness speakers.

To Book A Speaker For Your next Event  or to talk to us about your event requirements, please submit the enquiry form or call us on 01 235 2570.

Gráinne Seoige

Gráinne Seoige

Gráinne is one of our most popular hosts, and a regular MC at AGM’saward ceremonies and conferences. Her easy presenting style and wonderful ability to inform and communicate important messages to an audience transfers flawlessly into the corporate sector.

A highly experienced presenter, Gráinne  is the only television personality to have worked with all four Republic of Ireland television stations: TG4, TV3, RTÉ one and RTÉ two. Book Gráinne Seoige

Gráinne recently performed on Dancing With the Stars 2022 , and is back on our screens for the first time since arriving home from South Africa. 

Other high-profile roles for Gráinne include presenting The All Ireland Talent Show, co-presenting Up for the Match, hosting the People of the Year Awards, documentary series Gráinne Seoige’s Modern Life, and Great Irish Journeys which looked at Ireland during the Famine in 1849. In 2004, Gráinne was a very popular winner of the VIP Style Award. She was presented with the Hewlett Packard Award for Irish at the 2007 NUIG Alumni Awards for services to the Irish language.

Born in Spiddal, Co. Galway in a bilingual household, she began her TV in 1996 with the launch of TG4, anchoring the 10pm news bulletin.  Gráinne subsequently became Features Editor with ITV’s breakfast show, Daybreak and and presented on the BBC One primetime series That’s Britain. A graduate of NUI Galway, Grainne was presented with the Hewlett PackaBook Grainne Seoigerd Duais don Gaeilge in 2007 in recognition of her work in the Irish language.

Gráinne moved to South Africa a number of years ago with her now husband and set up Grace Diamonds to bring affordable luxury in bespoke design to the Irish market, and has created pieces for royalty, movie stars and industry moguls all over the world. Now back in Ireland having set up the business supply chain, she is  looking forward to growing the company as more people move online for their special jewellery purchases. 

 

To book Grainne Seoige or to talk to us about your event requirements, please submit the enquiry form or call us on 01 235 2570.

Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney

TV Presenter & Producer, Co Founder & Designer at Lennon Courtney, Keynote Speaker & MC

One of Ireland’s best known and well-loved TV presenters, broadcasters and designers, Brendan Courtney is a hugely engaging MC and an inspirational speaker.  Brendan has hosted countless TV series in Ireland and the UK including his own terrestrial TV talk show. He also runs his own successful women’s wear fashion label ‘Lennon Courtney’ with his business partner Sonya Lennon.

Brendan uses his profile to advocate for equality in the areas of health, housing, age and gender.  This year he was appointed to the board of Health Care by the Minister for Health and sits on the advisory board of Irish Film and Television Awards. His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story has made Brendan a much sought-after speaker who inspires awareness and makes an impact for positive change. 

Brendan was one of the public faces of the ‘Yes Equality’ marriage referendum and is often called on by corporate clients to speak about equality, inclusion and diversity to audiences nation-wide.  He is currently studying Europe’s first ever ‘Master’s Degree of Business in Equality Diversity & Inclusion’ (EDI),  now putting his lived experiences to academic use, placing him firmly as an authority on corporate and business EDI, making him the perfect keynote or host.Brendan Courtney

Brendan’s documentaries have fuelled legal reform in Ireland. His most recent TV series “This Crowded House” examined the housing crisis and both of his recent documentaries ‘We need to talk about Dad” and ‘We need to talk about Mam’ dealt with aging, housing, health care and the family.  This year he is taking on an exciting new RTE1 prime time series. His self authored documentaries ‘Alias Ricky Gervais’ and ‘Living with Boy George’ won him critical acclaim. He then went on to host a self titled terrestrial TV chat show “The Brendan Courtney Show” which led to his role as presenter and stylist on RTE1’s fashion flag ship TV Show “OFF THE RAILS” for 7 seasons.

The author of two hit books on confidence and style with Sonya, Brendan started his career as a TV researcher.  In 2001, he sold his first TV format ‘Wanderlust” to 19 countries. He started, ran and successfully exited

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 his own UK TV production company, Giant Film and TV.

Along with his many TV shows speaking engagements, keynotes and media requests, Brendan’s multi-platform digital presence allows him to consistently drive a story of courage, tenacity and an authentic belief in the value of an inclusive society. 

A serial entrepreneur, Brendan has founded businesses, sold, licensed and failed, learning through hard experience, the tips, tricks and must do’s for business and personal management and development.  Brendan is a regularly mentors others in the business world.

At the core of Brendan’s ventures has been innovation, creative thinking and brilliant story telling as tools for growth. His personal and professional journey has led him to become an inspirational advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  Irelands first openly Gay TV presenter, he has always crusaded for equality across gender, LGBT, age and housing.

From the Oscars red carpet to the BBC Arts awards Brendan is a very experienced and entertaining LIVE host and MC. 

Brendan lives between his homes in London and Dublin, his Dog Nancy Drew minds the Dublin home when he and Adam his partner are away. A transandental meditation practitioner Brendan is also a qualified animal flow instructor.

 Topics:

Diversity and Inclusion

Empowering equality across generations

Creative thinking & authentic storytelling

 

To book Brendan Courtney or to discuss your event,  please submit the enquiry form or call 01 235 2570.

Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh is a bestselling author and Tedx speaker known for her honesty, authenticity and vulnerability.

The first woman to represent Ireland in the freediving world championships, Claire’s debut book Under Water was shortlisted for An Post Sports Book of the Year award. More than just an insight into one of the most dangerous sports in the world, It is a captivating and emotional account of how the freediving helped her find freedom.

As a speaker Claire offers a peek behind the curtain of her achievements; the ever present fear, the derailing self-doubt, the gauntlet of emotions…and how she finds a way to do it anyway.

Passionate about saying it like it is and calling out the many ways we get in our own way, Claire’s talks remind audiences that a little bit of bravery (and a lot of vulnerability) can go a long way to making an ordinary life extraordinary.

 

Topics

  • Mental Health
  • Building Resilience
  • Mindset
  • Motivation
  • Sports & Adventure
  • Body Image
  • Nurturing Self-esteem
  • Breathwork
  • Voice & Performance
  • Women’s Reproduction Health

 

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Marie Gleeson

Marie Gleeson

Former Irish Navy Ships Captain & Motivational Speaker

Marie Gleeson honed her leadership style over the course of a twenty year military career operating primarily in the harsh and hostile Atlantic Ocean. Her journey from naval cadet to Captain of the LE AOIFE has given her unique insight into people and how to maximise performance even in the most challenging of circumstances. She has experienced the highs of international drug busts to the tragedy of the loss of a colleague overboard at sea.


Marie was one of the first female officers in the Irish navy and this gives her a unique insight into the reality of leading in a “mans” world. Marie is an honest and engaging speaker who brings her experience to life in her keynotes. She discusses the reality of decision making in high pressure an time critical operational environments and translates this into key leadership lessons for the business world.


The cornerstone of a military career is that service comes before self and this was the reality for Marie in her career until life threw a curveball of magnitude in her path. Marie’s personal story highlights the importance of support and resilience in the face of adversity.


Marie is an insightful, humorous and passionate speaker who combines her professional and personal experience to tailor her keynotes to maximum effect for her audience.

 

Topics

  • Leadership – A lived Experience, Leadership & Governance
  • Decision Making – The Leader’s Role
  • Overcoming Adversity – Stronger Than Before, Board Diversity
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Lead like a Woman
  • Teamwork – From Ship to Shore

 

To book Marie for your event or to talk to us about your event requirements, email us: info@carolandassociates.com or call us on 01 2352570

Síle Seoige

Síle Seoige

TV & Radio Broadcaster, Yoga teacher & Wellness speaker – Síle Seoige is a regular Host at awards events and ceremonies throughout the year.

Síle is a popular choice to speak and MC events and Chair debates and is known as a true professional with a friendly, down to earth style.

Fluent in Irish, Síle has  developed a wealth of experience over the past 17 years in the business.

A native of Spiddal in Connemara Co. Galway and the youngest of four children, she has worked on a variety of successful and well-received projects for RTÉ, TV3 and TG4 including Entertainment, Daytime, Lifestyle, Factual, Young Peoples, Sports, Comedy, Weather and News and Current Affairs programming.

Síle was part of RTÉ’s daytime family having joined her sister Gráinne in 2008 on the stations then flagship late-afternoon daytime show, Seoige; and she also presented The Afternoon Show on numerous occasions.

For two years she travelled across the country reporting and presenting Pobal, a weekly regional and community affairs programme on RTÉ.

A natural people person, Síle co-presented RTÉ’s live coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrations for three consecutive years, including fronting the Festival Highlights programme in 2007 and again in 2011.

She was guest presenter on RTÉ One’s travel programme No Frontiers many times.

In January 2015 she presented an hour long primetime show on TV3 called ‘Songs Of Inspiration’ celebrating the best in gospel and spiritual music.

In 2016 Síle presented live TV coverage of the first day of the 32nd Dáil from Leinster House for Oireachtas TV which included interviews with the new members.

Síle has worked on a number of radio shows down through the years, including a stint on RTÉ Radio 1’s Today with Pat Kenny, presenting on pop up radio station ‘Walk in my shoes radio’ dedicated to promoting positive mental health and Sunshine106.8. She also spent over three years fronting her own two hour live talk show on Saturdays from 12-2pm on Newstalk 106-108 called Shenanigans with Sile. The show was a great success and she continued to grow listeners year on year.

Síle is currently working with the HSE on their ‘Little Things’ radio campaign, facilitating conversations to promote good mental health, broadcasting across 15 stations in Ireland at regular intervals.  Their campaign has been much talked about and it recently won ‘Most Effective Radio Campaign’ at The Love Radio Awards in the Mansion House in Dublin.

Síle continues to gain respect and praise as a voice over artist as well for her warmth and versatility; narrating the likes of the lifestyle series Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy and Design Doctors alongside many documentary strands and commercials.

Recently she’s added another string to her bow by becoming a certified yoga teacher and is now running weekly classes in chant and meditation.

She also supports various charities and is proud to be an Ambassador for Make-A-Wish Ireland and Tour De Force cycle.

Some of Síle’s past clients include Redbull, Microsoft, Construction Industry Federation, Checkout Magazine, Musgraves and ALDI to name a few!

To book Síle Seoige to MC/Host your event, or to talk to us about your corporate event requirements, either submit the enquiry form, email us:  info@carolandassociates.com or call us on 01 235 2570.