The Future of Men: Culture & Wellbeing

In balance, a man will defend his interior and exterior space ferociously. Out of balance he is consumed with attack, porous in defence. In balance, a man understands that the lessons of the journey are what make the adventure worthwhile. Out of balance he is only interested in the result. In balance a man can appreciate beauty as enrichment of his journey. Out of balance he seeks to possess and own the source of that beauty. Is there an imbalance in the male experience of masculinity today? If so, what is creating the imbalance? Are our mentors and elders fulfilling their role? Is masculinity in crisis? How are our young men? This conversation will be hosted by Diarmuid Lyng. Guests include Blindboy, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and John Cummins.

Diarmuid Lyng is a father, campaigner and public speaker. He runs Wild Irish Retreats with his partner in West Kerry consisting of weekend retreats through Irish which include wild food foraging, yoga, meditation, hurling and poetry workshops. He works in Television and radio and was the subject of a documentary on RTE last year. He is currently developing facilitated workshops to work with young sports players on masculinity and youth culture in team sports. He lives in West Kerry with Siobhán and their six month old son, Uisne.  

Blindboy Boatclub is Ireland’s foremost satirist and its most original comedic voice. One half of the Rubberbandits, present in the art and theatre world with their movement Gas C**ntism, they represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and were the first entertainment act to headline at Shakespeare’s Globe. Hit singles include ‘Horse Outside’ and ‘Spastic Hawk’ and popular television shows include The Rubberbandits’ Guide and The Almost Impossible Gameshow. Blindboy also campaigns in support of a variety of social issues including male mental health. His uncanny ability to articulate with wit and wisdom the everyday issues of the day has ensured that The Blindboy Podcast has held the top spot of the iTunes charts for months with more than 2,300 five-star ratings. The podcast is incredibly engaging with topics ranging from the Bebo culture of 2006 to an in depth look at the racist tropes used in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and much needed discussion around mental health in Ireland.

Dublin born, Wexford based Colm Mac Con Iomaire is a well known violin player, composer, film score arranger, and a founding member of hugely successful Irish bands The Frames and Kíla. Colm has spent over two decades touring the world playing music. He released two solo albums to critical acclaim: The Hare’s Corner and And Now The Weather. He has travelled with these records, selling out shows in Dublin, London, Sydney and NYC. He has added feature film scores to his repertoire including Dare to Be Wild, Out Of Innocence and various TV productions. His work featured recently on BBC’s Planet Earth.  Recent collaborative works include the National Concert Hall, ‘Starboard Home’ and commissions include Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon’s recent production ‘Late Afternoon’. Other projects include working with Poets, Actors and Dancers weaving tunes and melody around their work. June 2017 saw Colm being commissioned to write a piece of music for the reopening of the National Gallery of Ireland. He is currently in the studio working on his third album due for release in the Autumn.

John Cummins, one of Ireland’s most unique voices, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our national concert hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John’s story is the story of us.