The Arts and Health Partnership of the HSE Health Promotion Service, Dublin South East/Wicklow and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office has announced its support for four new projects in healthcare settings across the County. Additional support for these projects will come from the Arts Council. Eamon Sweeney, Joanna Parkes, Julie Merriman and Lucinda Jacob are the creative practitioners who have been selected through an open call to facilitate projects in music, drama and visual art. 

The Arts and Health Partnership programme aims to make creativity intrinsic to life within residential and day care settings across the County, enhancing quality of life, self esteem and improving overall health and wellbeing for all those taking part. Reignite the Spark, an arts and health document about the work of the partnership over the last four years, was launched in 2012.

The four creative practitioners supported by the Arts and Health Partnership will engage with one HSE-funded residential, day care or community based facility within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County:

– Eamon Sweeney and St. Joseph’s Centre, Day Care and Outreach Services for Older Persons with age-related illness. Eamon is a musician with a speciality in plucked-string instruments. He is committed to the provision of quality musical opportunities in healthcare settings.

– Joanna Parkes and St. Joseph’s House for Deaf and Deaf Blind Adults. Joanna is a freelance Drama Facilitator and has extensive experience in the field of Education and Community Arts in different contexts.

– Julie Merriman and St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. Julie is a Visual Artist who has a wealth of experience working collaboratively with groups.

– Lucinda Jacob and Dalkey Community Unit for Older Persons. Lucinda’s visual arts practice focuses on fabric and textiles. She is also an established children’s writer.

For further information please contact:

Máire Davey, Assistant Arts Officer – Participation and Learning, DLR Arts Office.


Siobhán Mangan, Senior Health Promotion Officer, HSE.



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