You have successfully registered for the Young Knocknaheeny conference: “Vision, Policy and practice for thriving children, strong families and vibrant neighbourhoods”

Investing in children’s earliest development and earliest relationships


We look forward to seeing you on November 7th in Millennium Hall, Cork City Hall, 9am to 4.30pm

You will receive confirmation of your registration by email shortly and further updates on programme speakers and programme schedule, accommodation, parking, etc.


The conference day is organised into three parts 1: Vision, 2: Policy, 3: Practice

Participants will have the opportunity to think “outside the box” of their fields, connect with others and learn from complimentary and connected science, policy and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn, question and debate.

The format comprises of key note addresses and panel discussions, with video in-puts and networking opportunities.

Confirmed speakers include:

Welcome from Lord Mayor Cork City, Cllr. Des Cahill

  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D.
  • Dr. Aisling Gillen, National Policy Development Manager Family Support & National Programme Manager for Development & Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership & Family Support (PP&FS), TUSLA Child and Family Support Agency
  • Ms. Catherine Maguire, Senior Clinical Psychologist , Infant Mental Health Specialist, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Mr. Dave Cashman, Principal, Sundays Well Boys National School
  • Ms. Anne Horgan, Manager, HSE Cork North Speech and Language Department
  • Ms. Cathy O’ Sullivan, Centre of Midwifery Education, Cork University Maternity Hospital
  • Ms. Jenna Russell, Project Leader, Barnardos Brighter Futures Centre
  • Ms. Katherine Harford, Programme Manager, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Professor Anthony Staines, Chair of Health Systems, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University
  • Professor Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University; Coordinator of the European Social Policy Network.
  • Ms. Eileen Kearney, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing, Cork.

Session Chairs

  • Mr. Pat Corbett, Chairperson Consortium of Young Knocknaheeny
  • Ms. Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council
  • Mr. Noel Kelly, Education Welfare Manager, TUSLA Child and Family Agency
  • Mr. Francis Chance, Nurture Programme –Infant Health and Wellbeing, Katharine Howard Foundation.