Kevin O’Shanahan
Nurse Specialist, Mental Health and the Arts
Cork Mental Health Services


Web address


49 North Street
Co. Cork
P81 Y433


Community & Arts Participation, Dance and Movement, Garden / Environmental Design, Literature, Multidisciplinary, Music, Photography, Visual Art

Healthcare context(s)

Mental health

Courtyard at 49 North Street, Skibbereen

An initiative of Cork Mental Health Services, 49 North Street in Skibbereen was established in 2017 as a community-based hub for creativity, recovery and wellness in West Cork. Using models of co-production and collaboration as its foundation, 49 North Street aims to create a space where learning, creative expression, therapeutic activities, and diversity can flourish.

The programme is supported by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, HSE Mental Health Engagement & Recovery, MusicAlive, Cork County Council, and the Cork Education and Training Board.

Areas of activities

A diverse programme runs throughout the working week, including music groups, art workshops, mindful movement, a photography group, and Fite Fuaite, an informal group where people can engage creatively with the Irish language.

49 North Street has also played host to numerous events, including the West Cork Feelgood Festival, World Music Day, Skibbereen Arts Festival, and the First Fortnight Arts and Mental Health Festival.

You have a cross-pollination of ideas between arts professionals, health professionals and users by experience. In my experience, the most authentic and high quality work happens when all perspectives are heard and honoured. The really important thing is that people feel that they can come and try activities and it’s fine if they’re not for you; it’s about genuine choice. The door is always open, to come and go on your own terms.’ – Kevin O’Shanahan, Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and the Arts, Cork Mental Health Services


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