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An Hour of Irish Optimism with Mark Henry

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Mark Henry is the author of In Fact: An Optimist’s Guide to Ireland at 100.  Come and join us for one of our classic entertaining Hour of Optimism gatherings - we guarantee you will leave laughing or singing or both.

Everyone will be asked about their optimism including our guest panellist Daniel Lowe, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland, Australia.


Mark Henry trained as a psychologist and led the research and strategy functions of Irish technology companies before turning to work in tourism. Having spent two decades telling people all over the world what a great country Ireland is, he is passionate about sharing the incredible progress the Irish have made.

If you follow the headlines, you could be forgiven for thinking that things in Ireland in 2021 are worse than ever. In fact, we live longer than ever before, we have never been healthier or better educated, we earn five times more than our grandparents did, our personal freedoms exceed those of any previous generation, and the lives of women and children have been transformed for the better. At a time when some good news is welcome, this uplifting book tells our national story through facts and stats, placing Ireland under the microscope to chart 100 undeniable achievements of the past 100 years. When the State was formed, Ireland was one of the most poverty-stricken nations in Europe. Now it has the second-highest standard of living in the world. While there is still more to be done, In Fact illustrates that Ireland, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than you might think.

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