Seven Irish people listed in Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′

Thomas Hamilton

Seven Irish women and men are among those listed in Forbes’ 2019 ’30 Under 30’ Europe list, which was uploaded last week.

The list features 300 young professionals across ten categories, with each having 30 entries.

Edel Browne (21) is the youngest of the Irish representatives, who earned her spot on the Science and Healthcare category by founding Free Feet Medical, developers of the ‘Free Feet’ device.

Designed for people with Parkinson’s disease who suffer from gait freezing, the device is a small laser light pointer that is attached to the side of the user’s shoes. Gait freezing is a common symptom of Parkinson’s, it causes the sufferer to feel like they cannot move their feet as freely.

In the same category is Dr Ciara Clancy (28), a trained physical therapist who founded Beats Medical, which develops digital therapeutic programs for people with neurological movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dyspraxia/DCD.

The company has released two apps, one of which helps people with Parkinson’s maintain their mobility, speech, and dexterity skills. The other is designed to help dyspraxic children with their speaking skills as well as their fine and gross motor skills.

Accomplished flanker Peter O’Mahony (28) is the only Irish face in the Sports and Games category, with three Six Nations wins, a Grand Slam and a Triple Crown win earning him his placement.

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley (29) sits in the Entertainment category after her breakthrough role in the critically acclaimed 2018 film ‘Beast.’ The role got her a BAFTA nomination for the rising star, which was won out by Letitia Wright.

Acclaimed freelance journalist Sally Hayden (29) is featured in the Media and Marketing category.

Winner of Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the Irish Journalism Awards 2018, Hayden has reported  for many renowned international media organisations and from many different countries including Syria, Iran, and Lebanon with a focus on migration, conflict, and humanitarian crises

In Technology, Conall Laverty (29) founder of Wia, a startup that develops software that helps devices connected to the internet communicate and interact with each other, is included.

Finally, Kevin Glynn (29) is recognised in the Retail and Ecommerce category for his innovative UK-based business Butternut Box.

The company is “putting the food back into dog food” by delivering home-cooked meals for dogs tailored around their individual nutritional needs.


Thomas Hamilton

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