Network Ireland West Cork Hosts ‘Women in STEM’ Event in Clonakilty

Posted on: 12/05/2019

Network Ireland West Cork held its April event entitled ‘Women in STEM’ yesterday evening in The Whale’s Tail, Clonakilty, Co Cork.  The guest speaker Gillian Keating, co-founder at I WISH and partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, was joined by Gráinne Bagnall of All Things STEAM, Niamh Shuley, Department of Health Women’s network, Queensland, and Jennifer McCarthy, 6th year student of Kinsale CS, BT Young Scientist and BT Business Bootcamp 2019 Awardee.

Speaking at the Network Ireland West Cork event, Gillian Keating said: “I WISH is about harnessing the power of the next generation of female leaders and creative thinkers to shape a better world through STEM; it is a privilege to play my part.  75% of teachers said they need to know more about STEM to influence the female generation to grow the skills gap and inspire young women to select careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  In this way, we will build foundations for equality, gender balance and inclusion in the workplace.”

Speaking at the event, Gráinne Bagnall said: “Adding the A to STEM education is a key ingredient to defining one’s personal story to stand out from the crowd. Building core differentiating skills like resilience and confidence are essential for creating a foundation of authenticity and legitimacy for the youth today.  SUCCESS is now driven by our connection to others; Simple, Unexpected, Credible, Connecting, Emotional and being able to tell a Story.”

Speaking at the event, Niamh Shuley said: “I am committed to creating a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive.  As leaders in our field we must leave a pathway for inspiration, change and equality for our youth, women and men connecting with all on equal levels in our own and wider communities.”

Speaking at the event, President of Network Ireland West Cork, Ciara Lucy said: “The power of the network is incredible, especially if you are doing something for change and inspiring others to raise awareness, which has amazing results in our communities.  As President of Network Ireland West Cork, my aim is to raise awareness for Cork Simon Community and support the charity through action by having a sleep out on Sherkin Island in October 5, 2019 to raise funds, and bring awareness to open our minds to homelessness and the many challenges individuals face when they fall on hard times or get lost along the journey of life.”

Network Ireland West Cork holds networking events for members and guests in different locations in West Cork on the last Wednesday of every month.  The organisation currently has over 135 members and is one of the largest branches of Network Ireland.  It welcomes new members from across West Cork.  For further information and to stay up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe to the monthly newsletter by emailing of follow the branch on Facebook (, Twitter (, LinkedIn ( and Instagram (


For more information, contact Orla Clancy, PR Officer at Network Ireland West Cork at / 087 938 8882, or Michelle Ryan, PR Coordinator at Network Ireland West Cork at / 087 670 4930.

Further Information

Gillian Keating

Gillian Keating is a co-founder of the multi award winning I Wish social enterprise focused on encouraging young women to consider a career in STEM.  She was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from UCC.

At Ronan Daly Jermyn, Gillian’s focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring, clients including many multinational companies, large indigenous companies, financial services companies and regulated entities whom she advises on all areas of corporate and commercial law.

Gillian is an adjunct professor of law at UCC.  She is the past President of Cork Chamber.  She is a member of the Governing Body of UCC and Fota Wildlife Park.  She chairs the Audit Committee at University College Cork and is a member of the Audit Committees of other public entities.  She is also a member of the advisory Board of Business Information Systems at UCC.

Gráinne Bagnall

Gráinne Bagnall, STEAM Advocate, Social Entrepreneur and Owner Director All Things STEAM an experienced Personal Brand and Digital Career Coach. With hands-on expertise in creating and marketing STEAM education programs, student/ professionals personal brand workshops, STEAM Curiosity Dens, and Corporate events. Gráinne has worn many hats in her career: recruitment manager, designer, marketer, strategist, coach and social entrepreneur. As a result, she has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges. Gráinne founded her own business; SAM Sense about Maths in 2012. SAM has since merged with STEAM Education UCC and recently founded All Things STEAM as Digital STEAM Career Coach.

STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Thinking. Thinking STEAM is a mindset. STEAM Education helps and inspires children to make the choices that will always last a lifetime. Gráinne works across education, environment, technology, life sciences, bigdata, and finance sectors. She is an expert in Connecting, business development, adaptive education and career coaching and Event Management.

In 2017 she was named as Social Entrepreneur Ireland for her work in STEAM Education in primary schools and 2018 graduated from UCC with a Post Grad in Project Management.

Gráinne’s mission is to continue the advocacy for adding the A to STEM education as a key ingredient to defining one’s personal brand to what your differentiating factors are thus creating a foundation of authenticity and legitimacy”.

Niamh Shuley

Niamh Shuley is a Senior Advisor, Change and Culture Leadership, Business Partnership and Improvement Branch, at the Department of Health in Brisbane.  She has over a decade of experience as a contributor to the Queensland Health system in many and varied roles and is currently a member of the Business Partnership and Improvement Branch (BPIB), a Branch established with a strategic intent to create a real difference. Enabling new ways of working, harnessing and growing capability, solving wicked problems and building strong partnerships are how we operate. Fuelled by a passion for diversity and inclusion, compassionate leadership and an enthusiasm for innovative approaches that make a real difference.

Niamh is a supporter for the benefits of diverse leadership and decision making and advocate for gender equality as a member of the 2019 Department of Health Women’s Network Steering Committee and contributor to the annual Department of Health Aspiring Women Leaders’ Summit since inception in 2014. She is driven by a desire to support women to exceed even their own expectations.