When Damian speaks, people listen.

What he has learned has been ingrained into him on a cellular level, through a lifetime at the coalface, a lifetime of purpose, commitment and survival. His very body stands a patchwork of scars, a reflection of toil and perseverance and a mindset to constantly strive to be better. 

When Damian speaks people listen.

He embodies his philosophy and has earned his contentment and inner peace the hard way, the only way it can be earned, facing down his fears and chasing his self-realisation. 

When Damian speaks you will listen.

For 23 years Damian has pushed his body and mind to it's perceived limits through professional rugby and now extreme adventures and will share those hard earned insights and valuable learnings with genuine care and intent to your business, team or organisation.

Damian has written and delivered powerful keynotes and presentations entitled:

  • Facing into Challenge
  • A lifetime of challenge in 63 days - Rowing the Atlantic solo
  • Mental strength & Resilience - The 4 Controllables Method
  • Drive not Motivation
  • Strategies, tools and processes for mental strength. "How I prepared my mind for the ultimate battle, 63 days alone rowing the Atlantic"
  • Overcoming fear 
  • My ‘deep learning’ framework to become unstoppable 
  • Ownership & commitment the foundational steps to achieve anything in life
  • 588 days. Success lies in the prep. My journey from committing to the start line of my Atlantic row
  • Blending peak performance and extreme adventure

Damian regularly shares his experiences and learnings with companies like EY and Facebook, has given a TEDx talk entitled "The hidden values in pushing your body to its limits" and had the honour of addressing the Irish Rugby squad before their historic victory over the All Blacks in Dublin, November 2018. 

How can Damian bring value to your team, company or culture?



Michelle Hurley

Elevate Foundation

Last May, the Elevate Foundation had the pleasure of contracting Damian to speak at our annual Youthfest conferences and to visit schools around Clare to motivate and inspire exam year students. It was a whirlwind of a week with a lot to fit in and Damian was a pleasure to work with, no demand was too high or too low, no matter how last minute some of the requests were, he was extremely flexible with our requirements.

More importantly, the feedback we got from the schools was amazing, from teachers, parents and pupils alike. Some of the words we heard repeatedly coming back in relation to Damian’s talks were “inspiring”, “powerful”, “captivating” and “raw”. Elevate Foundation are very grateful to Damian and the talks he carried out for us, we have no doubt our paths will cross again.”.

Florian Misteli

Head of Speakers, TEDxHSG 2018

I can personally recommend Damian as a speaker for any conference. Within a fairly short time-period he committed to preparing a full length TEDx speech, and flew down to Switzerland to present it to an audience of more than 500 people. Working on the speech together with Damian was a very pleasant experience and his approach was professional. The retelling of his numerous extreme adventures, in combination with the lessons learned within them, provided for a compelling narrative which kept the audience invested for the entirety of his speech.

Olga Hammersley


Team really enjoyed listening to Damian’s story and took a lot from it. He presented really well and his storytelling was brilliant. Videos were really powerful..

Matthew Wilkie

Irish Rugby Football Union

Damian’s speech and story was simply outstanding. The passion and honesty throughout his delivery was world class, and as a result many of our staff are now more motivated and more confident to challenge themselves in both their work and personal lives. A unique story with many learnings, I would strongly recommend Damian to any organisation or team who are looking to better themselves and become the best versions of them they can be.

Gordon McGann

Partner, Hamilton Locke

Keeping staff motivated during a prolonged pandemic induced lockdown is difficult. Distractions from the daily workload is something we put in place to help with this, where colleagues could sit back and hear inspiring stories from people from all walks of life – such as an extreme adventurer, Australian Olympian, Australian defence force personnel, judge, politician etc. We were delighted to have Damian kick off the first session and share some of the incredible stories from both his rugby career and extreme adventures, in particular the challenges he faced and overcame in his solo Atlantic row. While there is no doubting the physical strength needed to tackle that task, what most impressed this bunch of lawyers was the mental fortitude displayed by Damian during his journey. Damian’s humble and honest insights led to a fantastic and engaging session where people walked away inspired to be a better version of themselves.

Joe Schmidt

Ireland Rugby Coach

Damian spoke to the players and staff the week of The All Blacks test match in Dublin last November. Using footage from his Atlantic row, he brought us along on his gruelling journey. Describing the many challenges that he faced, Damian also shared the mental strategies and processes he used, which helped him to get to the other side. The players were engaged throughout and it was plain to see that they were impressed by the will and determination shown by Damian. The players were in the midst of preparation to play the world’s Number one rugby team so we were hoping for some of that determination to stick.