DESTY in the News

Stephanie O'Malley of Education DESTY meets HRH Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle
Stephanie meeting HRH the Duchess of Sussex

“By Royal Appointment”

We were thrilled to be invited to the British Ambassadors Residence to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on July 11th 2018.

It’s not often we get the opportunity to get out the glad rags and attend such a glamorous event. So it was with a mix of excitement and trepidation that Stephanie headed to Glencairn, the British Ambassador’s Residence on a hot evening in July last year. Stephanie were amongst 50 Social Entrepreneurs chosen to meet with HRH who, along with her husband, has championed mental health initiatives.

Once the butterflies subsided it was a fabulous day. The Duchess was very warm and engaging. She was very interested in what we were achieving. I felt so proud to represent Team DESTY and all of our wonderful parents, carers, educators and children in Ireland and the UK.

Stephanie – DESTY Founder & CEO

Read More – Mayo News, July 2018


Feature in Irish Country Magazine

“There is more anxiety, fear and worry going on broadly, especially for families who are concerned about mortgages and about having enough. That absolutely filters down to children, they are feeding off the anxiety around them and are not able to cope when challenges arise.”

Irish Country Magazine

Education DESTY Featured in Irish Country Magazine

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Stephanie with President Michael D. Higgins & his wife Sabina

We work hard at DESTY so it’s great when the work is recognised and we can take the opportunity to fly the flag for children’s mental health. So it was such a pleasure to be invited along to an event at Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina.

Both President Higgins and his wife were very supportive of our work and even got to meet our very own Desty!

A society that does not support and encourage female entrepreneurs is a society that denies itself a vast pool of talent, creativity and innovation, a society that impoverishes itself by that denial.

President Michael D. Higgins


Education Desty Teaches Children Emotional Resilience

“Our Start-up of the Week is Education Desty, whose mission is to help children discover their strengths and overcome challenges. “


Stephanie working with a child on the DESTY Island Resilience Progamme


Virtual Island Helps Kids to Cope

“With an interactive virtual online world called Desty Island, Mayo technology and training startup Education Desty aims to help young children learn to cope with their feelings and develop emotional resilience.”

Trish Dromey – Irish Examiner


Stephanie O’Malley Profile

“Stephanie O’Malley is Founder, CEO and Educational Psychologist of Education DESTY® Limited a multi-award winning social enterprise aimed at growing children’s emotional resilience by providing training and practical tools to strengthen their relationships with key supportive adults.”

Learn from Leaders

Stephanie O’Malley, Founder & CEO Education DESTY


Donal Murphy, CEO of DCC plc, flagship sponsors of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards with award winners Tammy Darcy of the Shona Project and Stephanie O’Malley of Education DESTY, pictured with Darren Ryan, CEO of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Winners of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards Revealed

“The nationwide competition aimed to find big ideas to solve Ireland’s social problems. . . The winners included: Stephanie O’Malley with Education DESTY – an online programme to support children with additional emotional needs.”

Irish Independent


Using Tech to Help Kids Build Emotional Resilience

“Stephanie O’Malley is the founder and CEO of Education DESTY, which offers a range of online training packages to support children build their self-confidence and emotional resilience.”

Girls in Tech

Stephanie O’Malley, DESTY Founder with the Desty character