Head Heart Hand Project


The Head Heart Hand Project

The Head Heart Hand Book was a project undertaken in 2013 to celebrate St. Declan’s ethos. This project was made possible by a generous donation from the Board of St. Francis Clinic School at the Children’s University Hospital – some of its past pupils are contributors and we hope it serves as a tribute to the work done by Mary Counihan and her team.


Special thanks is due to our art teacher, Niamh Denham, whose talent, generosity of spirit and openness to collaboration was key to the success of the project. The inspiration and driving force behind the project was our long time associate and Artist in Residence, Niamh Synnott. Her uncanny ability to ‘tap into’ the wonderful creativity of the children combinded with her own, along with her compassion and sheer creative energy never fails to amaze!

A special word of thanks to the management and staff of the National Print Museum, who were so generous with their time and with the museum’s facilities. The opportunity to use ‘proper’ printing presses enriched the learning experience for all the children.

Finally, and most importantly, our gratitude and respect to all the children at St. Declan’s whose tremendous growth as individuals, despite huge adversity, we are privileged to witness every day. (from the Introduction to Head Heart Hand by Íde Tynan)