Keynote & Conference Speaker

“Darren has the ability to reach out to people and has the communication skills to deliver inspirational, and motivational messaging.”

Having been a professional speaker over 15 years I have gained a solid reputation in moving people from where they are now to where they want to be.

I bring people on a transformational and emotional journey that encourages them to develop a sense of purpose in their own life.

I offer the tips and strategies that can positively impact your life. These insights I have cultivated over many challenges and adversities. The result is the development of the resilience and coping skills needed, but often lacking, in today's society.

When you combine a Degree in Sport & Fitness and a Masters in Health Promotion with over 1,800 hospital visits and 2 transplants you understand why my views and insights on overcoming adversity have a depth of understanding, empathy and inspiration that opens up minds and hearts to the endless possibilities of life.


If you need a speaker who will work with you to tailor each talk to your specific audience and has been trusted to perform at the EU parliament, conferences and events across Europe, get in touch today.

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A very powerful story

"A very powerful story centred around the patient that also captures the primary objective of manufacturing in pharma - patient safety."

Mark McLean , Managing Director, Team Horizon
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A truly engaging and inspiring speaker

"Darren has a unique ability to connect his experiences as a patient to diverse audiences. A truly engaging and inspiring speaker."

Michael Bourke , Clinical Meeting Manager @ Novo Nordisk
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You were just WOW!

"Darren thank you so much for this evening. You were just WOW! I have no doubt that you have certainly fulfilled one important principle and made an incredible difference to the lives of those gathered. Thank you so much for a truly inspirational presentation."

Trish , DYC Event (Diocesan Youth Council). Ballintubber Abbey
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...you were the highlight of the day.

On behalf of the TUN Conference committee I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming along last Friday and speaking at this year’s TUN Conference. I for one thoroughly enjoyed your talk, I can see why you do it for a living, you were fantastic! I definitely think you were the highlight of the day. The feedback was phenomenal and the only complaint is that people would have liked to listen to you for longer so that’s certainly not a bad one.

Laura Byrne , 7th Annual Transplant and Nephrology Conference Committee. (2018)
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..Darren epitomizes .. drive and resilience

"Darren epitomizes the drive and resilience that is a prerequisite to realising one's goals in life"

Eddie O'Sullivan , Former Ireland Rugby manager and winner of 3 triple crowns with Ireland in 2004, 2006 and 2007
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Darren spoke to over 1000 people and touched the lives of everyone.

"Darren’s story is both heartfelt and inspirational. Over the course of one week, Darren spoke to over 1000 people and touched the lives of everyone who heard him, and helped change the way we think about our roles in the company. Darren has the ability to reach out to people and has the communication skills to deliver inspirational, and motivational messaging. The week that Darren spent in the company is still talked about, which is a testament to Darren as a person and communicator."

Carlos Horkan , R & D Manager, Holister ULC
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..you connected so well with the students

The client was delighted with your presentation and how you connected so well with the students- they are all really happy! It was one of their best ever days.

Mary Menton , London Speakers Bureau Ireland
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Darren..draws his motivation from an inner strength that money can’t buy

Darren Cawley is one of Ireland’s most talented professional speakers, and it’s clear that he draws his motivation from an inner strength that money can’t buy. He is bright and very funny, and his message is highly compelling. He left the audience at the Let’s Work West Jobs Expo energized by his presentation on Prospering Through Adversity and the importance of remaining positive and proactive. His real life examples were captivating, showing how ordinary people were out there accomplishing extraordinary things. This is a timeless message, suitable for all audiences, and it is presented masterfully by Darren Cawley. Our attendees were positively moved by this presentation.

Joanne Maloney , Let's Work West Expo
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...to hear a story such as Darren's was an experience to be thankful for

"The inspiring presentation by the incredibly brave young Irish patient Darren was deeply moving for me. It is one thing to deal with data and facts about kidney disease. But to hear a story such as Darren's was an experience to be thankful for – to appreciate being healthy. A state which is taken for granted so easily, we forget that it is fragile and we should do something to preserve it. I think it is simply human nature. Meetings like the one with Darren are like a wake-up call. They teach us that we must be aware of the fact that we are healthy and that our health is something precious we have to preserve. The way he appreciates life and what it offers, set us an example and makes meetings like the one at World Kidney Day so unforgettable".

Representative Member of EKHA , Representing the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA)
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Your story definitely made an impression on the policy makers.

"Thank you so much for coming all the way to Strasbourg to speak at the event yesterday. We were delighted with how it all went. Your presentation was excellent – I can tell you enjoy public speaking! Your story definitely made an impression on the policymakers – I was sitting next to a couple of them!"

Anna Rouillard , LOGOS Public Affairs, European Parliament
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..a great appreciation of what life is about.

Great to hear of your recovery and it shows how focusing on achievements gets results. You are a WARRIOR and blessed with a positive attitude and a great appreciation of what life is about.

Bill Cullen , Irish Entrepreneur
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your inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me.

Talking about the actual experience of kidney failure and describing your ordeal, yet maintaining you’re uniquely positive and inspirational spirit has been highly motivating for me.

Toby Viering , Product Communications, Amgen (Europe) GmbH

Did you know...

I also run a private support group for people suffering kidney disease. Through this group you will have access to myself, and people with similar health issues. This group works as a supportive environment to promote tips, tactics and information to aid in improving your health and quality of life.