Gerry Duffy confirmed as guest speaker for ‘Make it Happen’

At 27 years old, Gerry Duffy was stuck in a rut. He was 50lbs heavier, addicted to smoking, and unhappy with his life.

But Gerry decided to take responsibility for himself and make some changes. He took up running and embraced a healthier lifestyle, and as a result got much fitter, both physically and mentally. Gerry also changed his attitude, opening his own business and overcoming his biggest fear, public speaking.

Gerry is now one of Ireland’s top motivational and goal-setting speakers, addressing audiences all over the world, and has set up a speaking and training business and written two best-selling books. He is also an endurance athlete who has completed 32 marathons in 32 days and also won one of the toughest races in the world, the Deca-Ironman.

Athlone audiences will get the opportunity to learn from Gerry’s inspiring story, when he speaks at a motivational event, ‘Make it Happen’, later this month.

‘Make it Happen’ is a motivational and goal-setting event, taking place on Wednesday, January 25 in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, and Gerry Duffy has just been announced as the special guest speaker.

Other speakers will include health and wellbeing specialist and author, Alison Canavan; World Cycle Race champion and motivational speaker Breifne Earley; and clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy, a familiar face from RTÉ’s Operation Transformation.

The event is a fundraiser for Pieta House, with all proceeds going towards the charity which supports those in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. It promises to be a very positive event, with plenty of advice and tips for how to make 2017 your best year yet.

As part of the event, local businesses are invited to set up a stand on the night to display their products or services. Any business that wishes to become a sponsor of the event is asked to email [email protected].

Tickets are €20 and are available now from


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