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Chip in to support Ruairí McKiernan's podcast, campaigning, writing, mentoring and social change work in the world. 100% of funds re-invested in promoting positive social change. All donors receive regular personalised updates.


Ruairí McKiernan is an award-winning social innovator, campaigner, writer and speaker. In 2012, Ruairí was appointed to the Council of State by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, where he served a 7-year term. He is a Fulbright scholar, the founder of the pioneering SpunOut.ie youth organisation, a founding member of the Uplift campaigning organisation, and part of the founding team behind Gaelic Voices For Change. Ruairí is also the host of the chart-topping Love and Courage podcast a regular contributor to the media on social justice, youth and community issues, civic leadership and wellbeing. His bestselling new book Hitching for Hope - a Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ireland is published internationally by Chelsea Green. 


The Love and Courage podcast has listeners in over 50 countries and features conversations with leading thinkers and activists from around the world. Previous guests have included Christy Moore, Amanda Palmer, Peggy Seeger, Johann Hari, Stanislaus Kennedy, Ivor Browne, Frances Black, and Lynn Ruane


Ruairí is self-employed and although he often works on collaborations, his work is independent of any group. He is not in receipt of any state funding or grant aid and therefore community patronage and support is important. Once-off and monthly contributions are all welcome regardless of amount. Other forms of support always welcome including offers of skills, technology, venues, and places for writing and retreats. By investing in his work you are directly investing in promoting lasting people-powered change. Please email with any questions.


Supporters are assured of regular updates and mentions on podcast credits and on social media if this appeals. 

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