This blog has moved

Hi, I have relocated my blog and website. If you would like to read more,  you can visit Linda Coyle’s blog or Speech and Language Therapy Cork. I hope to see you there! Linda


March 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment

Is there a role for Music Therapy in mental health services in Ireland?

Music & Health Research group in conjunction with Irish World Academy present

`Is there a role for Music Therapy in mental health services in Ireland?’

March 9th- 2.30-5.00pm

Irish World Academy, University of Limerick

Speakers: Professor Jane Edwards, Tríona McCaffrey- Music & Health Research Group, Sue Baines – Music Therapist, Canada, Tommy Hayes – Limerick Mental Health Services & Dr Dominic Fannon- Consultant Psychiatrist, Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Services.

Professor Jane Edwards joined the Irish World Academy in 1999 after 7 years leading the music therapy programme at the University of Queensland. Australia. She is Director for the Music & Health Research Group, founded to bring together researchers from Ireland, Germany and Norway in collaborative research about the arts in healthcare. Jane is an experienced clinician, researcher and teacher, with specialist expertise in music in medical contexts, and music therapy in family centred care. She is the President of the International Association for Music & Medicine ( In 2011 she is convening a summer school “Qualitative methods in healthcare research” at UL funded by IRCHSS and in collaboration with colleagues from NUIG, and UL faculty from Occupational Therapy and Sociology.

Tríona McCaffrey is a graduate of the MA in Music Therapy Programme at the Irish World Academy and has worked as a music therapy practitioner in mental health for four years having established a full-time position in Mayo Mental Health Services. She has worked in the areas of Recovery, community mental health and Psychiatry of Old Age and is particularly interested in service users experience of mental health services in Ireland. Tríona currently lectures on the MA Music Therapy programme at the Academy.

Sue Baines, MMT, MTA is an internationally renowned Music Therapist who has worked in mental health and long term care for many years. She teaches in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, Canada and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery having trained at the Southeast Institute for Music Centred Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA. Sue completed her Masters in Music Therapy from New York University and has published a number of articles in Music Therapy and other disciplinary publications. She has taught workshops and seminars across Canada as well as in the United States and South Africa.

Dr Dominic Fannon MD, MMSc, MRCPsych, MSc (CBT)
Dr Fannon is a consultant general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in rehabilitation with the Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Service and visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is Chair of Faculty of Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry, College of Psychiatry of Ireland. He trained on the western region postgraduate training scheme and at the Maudsley Hospital. His special interests include psychological treatment of psychosis and early intervention.

Tommy Hayes completed a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2002. He currently works as a Music Therapist in a variety of clinical settings in the area of special needs and mental health and has extensive experience of working with adolescents. He is in his final year of training as a `Guided Imagery & Music’ therapist with Professor Leslie Bunt. Tommy is also a renowned percussionist at the forefront of traditional Irish music for over 30 years, having performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond. He has released two solo albums “An Ras” and “A Room in the North” and has recorded music for a number of film and theatre productions with output numbers in excess of 400 albums.

March 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Two Musical Journeys – A Deafblind Perspective

You are invited to  ‘’Two Musical Journeys – A Deafblind Perspective” presented by Cork Music Works in association with the CIT Cork School of Music on Saturday 5th March – 2 .00 – 4.30pm at the CIT Cork School of Music with Russ Palmer  – Deafblind performer and music therapist  and Orla O’Sullivan – Deafblind piano teacher and performer.

 The Masterclass will provide an opportunity to hear about two people who have both a hearing and visual impairment share about their experiences as musicians. How do they perceive music through vibrations? How are they able to sing and play musical instruments? Orla O’Sulivan and Russ Palmer will analyse and reflect on their musical development focusing on both teaching and therapy approaches.

 This will be a unique and rare opportunity for two deafblind musicians to come together and share their experiences.

 So why not come along?  –  an event not to be missed.

February 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Promoting mental health in West Cork

Are you interested in mental health, creativity and good music, then you may be interested in this…

MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY: 6.00 pm West Cork Hotel, Skibereen — workshop on Creativity, the Arts and Mental Health, introduced by Dr Pat Bracken, followed at 7.30 pm by Susan’s show. Special guest Will Hall.

For further details and information on other mental health related talks happening in Cork or other parts of the country go to:

February 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment

Voice workshop with Guillermo Rozenthuller,An Sanctoir, Ballydehob 26 & 27 Feb

 West Cork has the privilege of having Guillermo Rozenthuller facilitate a workshop this weekend at An Sanctoir with a focus on sound, breath and the body as an instrument. Having taken part in his weekend workshop at the Cork Jazz Festival 2010, I can highly recommend this workshop as an enjoyable, inspiring, creative, and stress-relieving experience. If you can’t make the workshop, then go along to De Barra’s on Sunday to hear him perform. See attached for details: Song of the Heart

February 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Chronic pain spending in Ireland at €4.7bn a year

There was an article in yesterday’s health supplement of the Irish Times on the amount spent on chronic pain in Ireland. The article can be accessed at: With one in three Irish people suffering from chronic pain, there is a clear need to find effective ways of managing this. Internationally, there is a growing trend towards incorporating therapies such as music therapy into the treatments being offered to these patients. Some links below highlight the benefits of music therapy for people living with chronic pain.

February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Brain Aware Training Programme

For Family Members Caring For and Supporting A Family Member with an Acquired Brain Injury. Programme
running throughout Ireland from January to June 2011. See:

January 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

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