Musical Memories Louth with Gráinne Hope of Kids Classics


Tuesday 25 October 2022


11am – 1pm


Online - Zoom Webinar



Are you interested in developing age-appropriate and inclusive arts activities with artists for older people in your service? Taking place as part of the Expanding Arts in Healthcare programme, this webinar will focus on different arts approaches, current arts programmes available to long stay care settings, and resources for healthcare professionals working in Older Persons Services.

Expanding Arts in Healthcare is a national programme of networking and professional development supports for healthcare professionals, and complementary initiatives that cultivate and support the arts, health and wellbeing ecosystem in Ireland.

The programme is supported by the HSE, the Arts Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme) and the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland Programme), and led by Waterford Healing Arts Trust /

Reasons to join this webinar: 

  • Insights about arts activities for all levels of ability and cognitive difference
  • Variety of arts approaches covered: Music, dance, visual arts, poetry making
  • Learn about the practicalities: MDT approach, health and safety, evaluating activities
  • Find out about training and resources to support the delivery of activities

The webinar will be facilitated by Sarah Cairns, Activities Director, Bantry General Hospital and will feature presentations by leading arts and health professionals:

  • Tara Byrne, Arts Programme Manager, Age & Opportunity
  • Gráinne Hope, Director, Music & Health Ireland
  • Tess Leak, Artist, Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork
  • Ailish Claffey, Dance for Health Artist

Who is this webinar for?
Healthcare professionals working in Older Persons Services who are involved in or have an interest in delivering arts activities for older people in long stay care.

Please note: There will be a separate webinar on 8 November specifically for healthcare managers on “Developing arts programmes for older people in long stay care”.

Register here:

Contact details
Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator, Expanding Arts in Healthcare, Waterford Healing Arts Trust:

Feature image credit: Gráinne Hope, Music and Health Ireland (formerly Kids Classics), Musical Memories, Louth.

Experience: Sarah Cairns

Sarah Cairns, Activities Director, Bantry General Hospital. Photo credit: Kevin O’Farrell.


Sarah Cairns is the Activities Director in St Joseph’s Unit, Bantry General Hospital. The unit provides long-stay, respite, and palliative care to older people. Sarah is particularly interested in finding ways to support people achieve agency, empowerment and connection through creative activities. She is responsible for the delivery and co-facilitation of arts programming in St. Joseph’s Unit on behalf of the Arts for Health (AfH) partnership programme. She sits on the steering committee of AfH for which she also acts as dementia advisor.

Dr. Tara Byrne is the Arts Programme Manager at Age & Opportunity, the national organization that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development. She is also Artistic Director of Bealtaine, Ireland’s national festival celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.

A professional cellist, Gráinne Hope is the founder and Artistic Director of Music & Health Ireland, Ireland’s leading music in healthcare organisation. Following graduate studies in the US, Gráinne qualified as a Music and Health trainer through an EU programme partnership, and currently designs and manages music programmes in healthcare settings nationally in partnership with the National Concert Hall and County Council Arts Offices.

Tess Leak is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked with the Arts for Health Partnership Programme in West Cork since 2010. She has collaborated with older people and diverse artists in healthcare settings on projects incorporating poetry, puppetry, museum-making and music. Tess is co-curator of the Museum of Song with artist Sharon Whooley and inclusion is at the heart of all her work.

Ailish Claffey is a Kildare-based independent dance artist. Through her work with diverse groups within the community for the last two decades, Ailish has developed her practice primarily focusing on Dance for Health. Ailish has designed and delivered many projects for various groups of mixed abilities, including adults in rehabilitation, older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease. Ailish was Dancer in Residence in the Age-Related Healthcare Unit at Tallaght University Hospital from 2015 – 2020.


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