Health Service Excellence Awards

Seven projects have been selected to compete to the overall winner of the 2016 Health Service Excellence Awards. Shortlisting took place in January 2016 and the teams from the shortlisted projects were then invited to present to the selection panel to qualify for the Health Service Excellence Awards final 2016.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the Wax Museum

National Wax Museum Plus head sculptor PJ Heraghty met with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the Wax Museum to do a casting of the controversial politician’s face. Mr Adams is significant to the National Wax Museum Plus attraction as he is one of the missing pieces of the Good Friday Agreement exhibit. In order to complete this scene museum bosses have made the decision to measure up Mr. Adams for his very own wax figure


Thousands call for Government to invest in Ireland’s Mental Health Reform

Thousands call for Government to invest in Ireland’s mental healthMental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, was today (08/10/2015) joined by representatives of its 54 member organisations to deliver thousands of petition signatures to Minister of State for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch TD, calling for increased investment in mental health and related social services in Budget 2016.  The petition is part of the coalition’s Invest in my mental health campaign, which saw over 6,500 people sign up and which included local visits to TD clinics across the country. Pictured at the launch were Minister Kathleen Lynch & Shari McDaid, MHR’s Director.

Dublin Simon Community Celebrates Talent And Creativity In Their Homeless Services

Pictured at the launch of Scrappy But Happy 5 were Justin Cannon, Ray Fitzgerald & Billy Weekes  of Dublin Simon Community. Scrappy But Happy 5 is the fifth collection of artwork, creative writing, and decorative and visual arts produced by people accessing Dublin Simon Community services. The development of the publication gives people with the experience of homelessness and social exclusion a much valued voice and a sense of pride in seeing their work in print. The variety of pieces are a mix of humour, poignancy, joy and sincerity reflecting the individuality of each contributor. The project is part of the Dublin Simon Community’s Learning and Development service, which aims to provide education, training and personal development to foster wellbeing, independence and progression options such as further education, volunteering and employment. The book was launched by Lynn Ruane, President of the Student Union in Trinity College Dublin.


Padraig Naughton, Arts & Disability Ireland

The National Lottery: Impacting the arts

Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) has provided incredible opportunities artists with disabilities around Ireland. Born in south Roscommon, Padraig Naughton has had a visual impairment all of his life. However, his disability has never stopped him in his pursuit of his goals. Known as a remarkable textile artist, making art by touch using materials like clay and charcoal, Padraig works as Director of Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI).

For those who are unfamiliar, ADI’s vision is of an Ireland where people with disabilities can fully experience and contribute to Ireland’s artistic and cultural life, and be an integral part of it. ADI is funded by The Arts Council who receive National Lottery Good Cause Funding.

“I joined ADI in 2005,” says Padraig. “We work to champion the creativity of artists with disabilities  and to promote inclusive experiences for audiences with disabilities.

We are a small organisation with four staff based in Dublin. “For me, creating local, national and international opportunities for disabled artists is really important. I find working in this position really exciting.” Read more at Irish Independent

John Mullins, Irish Director Magazine

I photographed John Mullins for the Cover of Irish Director Magazine Summer Edition ’15.

Former Bord Gais boss, John Mullins has gone from being at the helm of one of Irelands largest companies to running a start – up in a space this is at the cutting edge of how power generation is changing. Read more here