#3 slow : at the weekend

1.30pm : sunday 31st july 2016

banter stage : the beatyard, dun laoghaire, dublin

Thanks to technology and a move away from traditional 9 to 5 careers, the modern worker can potentially work all day, every day. So how can we install boundaries during our downtime? How can we resist the compulsion to check in on work when we should be in recovery mode? Why are recovery and downtime so essential? On Saturday 31st of July as part of Banter at The Beatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Aoife McElwain was joined by Ronan Hession, Michelle Darmody and Leisha McGrath, three speakers from diverse backgrounds who shared their stories of how they’re learning to protect their free-time and slow down on the weekend. Listen to the talk here.


Ronan Hession

Ronan, otherwise known as Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, is a musician, Dad, taxman and buddhist. During the week, he works as a senior civil servant while in his free time he spends time with his family, when he’s not writing music or amusing Facebook updates.

Michelle Darmody

Michelle is the owner and founder of The Cake Cafe and Slice, two of Dublin’s most delicious cafes. In a vocational job that demands her full attention, Michelle has worked hard to carve out relaxation time for herself, though her “weekend” doesn’t always fall on a Saturday and Sunday.

Leisha McGrath

Leisha is a Work and Organisational Psychologist and a Coach, and she works with both organisations and individuals about all sorts of issues, including work/life balance.  As a self-employed Mum too, she is acutely aware of the psychological importance of a healthy work/life balance both for her clients, and for herself and her family.

Aoife McElwain

Aoife McElwain is a food writer and creative events planner. She made a deal with herself that 2016 would be her year of slowing down. Currently, she’s trying to take back control of her downtime and approach rest as an essential priority.