coffee|culture #3

This January, coffee|culture is inviting three creatives who have used their artistic output as a form of expression enabling them to thrive. Although the creative industry can be a challenging and daunting place, creatives are resilient and bounce back from obstacles be it diminishing arts grants, red tape regulations or burnout.

Given the nature of this event, we wanted to give back by supporting a social enterprise that specialises in intervention-preventative,  wellness workshops for the youth of Ireland. All profits from this event will be donated to Soar, a collective movement that empowers young people to believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential.



Shane O Malley
Shane O’Malley is among a group of contemporary artists who have emerged from Ireland’s graffiti subculture, to work in mediums of paint, murals and art installations. Shane uses vibrant art pieces as a form of self expression to visualise his mind, inner conflicts and mental health.

Aoife McElwain
Aoife McElwain is a food writer and creative events planner. Aoife has excelled in the creative industry through her bustling career as one half of the recipe series Forkful TV and as the programme curator and community manager for Turkfest, a community-led arts and music festival based on Inishturk.

As well as hosting the illustrious Sing Along Social events, Aoife is just about to launch her first book aimed at providing respite to the “always-on culture of busyness”.

Soar was founded in 2012 by Tony Griffin and Karl Swan. Soar is a collective movement that believes that there is greatness within all young people. Soar achieve this by creating and delivering early intervention-preventative, wellness workshops for young people aged 12 to 18 years from all backgrounds. Their workshops empower young people to thrive, believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential.

The Coffee

Bailies Coffee Company was founded in 1993 by Russell Bailie, who recognised the growing demand for quality freshly roasted and traceable coffee amongst an increasingly knowledgeable consumer base in the UK and Ireland.

The company has since earned industry recognition for its commitment to supplying only the finest, freshest, hand-roast coffee and has supplied espresso beans to two of the last four Irish Barista Champions.

Bailies specialise in sourcing single origin and single estate coffees and aim for full traceability to origin, farm and farmer wherever possible. They source and roast Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic coffees, and develop working relationships with ethical suppliers who have strong focus on sustainability for local farmers and growers.


About us

coffee|culture is a new series of creative talks that occupy Dublin’s best speciality cafés on one morning per month. Organised by Jane Gleeson and Katy Gaffney, a pair of NCAD graduates with a taste for the culinary arts and a passion for creativity in Ireland. coffee|culture aims to combine the parallels between artisan coffee and the arts.

Talks have been designed to provide a stimulating and inspiring start to the day, ranging in theme from architecture to food writing, set-design to performance art and everything in between. Speakers have been curated for their contribution to Ireland’s cultural landscape and their motivation for creating innovative work in challenging times.

If you like what we do and feel like supporting the cause for creativity in Ireland, please consider donating to our Patreon page. All proceeds will contribute towards the production of editorials, events and podcasts.