WIT and IT Carlow to celebrate International Men鈥檚 Day


WIT and IT Carlow to celebrate International Men鈥檚 DayInternational Men’s Day takes place this Friday (19th November) and will be marked by WIT and IT Carlow with a number of joint events that reflect the day’s overriding objectives of improving gender relations, highlighting men’s health issues, promoting positive expressions of masculinity and showcasing male role models.

WIT Vice-President of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr Allison Keneally will open the first event of the day at 10.30am –  a coffee and chat session on Zoom with three inspiring guest speakers. They are: Daniel Airey, Femi Bankhole and Marcus Lawler.


Daniel Airey

Daniel Airey is a presenter, podcaster, producer and filmmaker. He is the co-producer and co-host of the Dan and Darragh Do Ability podcast in which he interviews people with physical and intellectual disabilities and explores topics such as mental health, disability and sexuality, and the language of disability. Daniel appeared on RTÉ’s First Dates in 2019 and has collaborated with the Irish Wheelchair Association, National Youth Council of Ireland and Youth Work Ireland in promoting disability rights. He was EU Youth Delegate for Ireland at the EU Youth Conference in Vienna, Austria. He currently co-hosts Dan and Darragh on Dublin South FM every Monday from 8pm-9pm on 93.9FM.



Femi Bankole

Femi Bankole is an IT risk consultant within EY's Dublin business consulting practice. In 2020, he co-founded Black & Irish, a social platform aimed at highlighting the successes and struggles of black Irish people. He is a presenter on RTE's Black & Irish podcast that provides commentary around race and culture in Ireland. He is a member of the board of directors for the charity A Lust of Life, a member of the expert advisory group (EAG) to the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), and was featured in the Irish Times 50 people to watch in 2021.

Marcus Lawler - Olympian

IT Carlow alumnus Marcus Lawler represented Ireland at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo. An Irish track and field athlete, Marcus is an athletics ambassador for IT Carlow and an Olympic Federation of Ireland Dare to Believe sport ambassador, inspiring students in schools nationwide. He is a member of Clonliffe Harriers Athletic Club.



The morning event will be closed by WIT President, Professor Willie Donnelly

Dr Noel Richardson of the National Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow will welcome participants to a one-hour gig, streamed live from the IT Carlow TU from 1pm.  Led by Carlow College writer-in-residence Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, the gig aims to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma of men’s mental health. It feature live performances from musicians honouring the lives and work of male musicians and artists in the community who have suffered from mental ill-health, or who died prematurely.

The event, which will be closed by IT Carlow Director of EDI and People Colette Lane, can be viewed here.

IT Carlow PhD student Conor Hammersley will speak at a webinar taking place at noon entitled Exploring the WHEN of Men’s Health. The evening is hosted by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and supported by the HSE, and Conor will highlight the latest findings of his study On Feirm Ground. This event will also be recorded and available on the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland YouTube Channel.

Further resources relating to Men’s Health Day are available at EAP- Spectrum Support & Webinar | HSE- Men’s Health Week