Patrons of iacat

iacat has for many years found support from individuals and professionals in various walks of life, who have an interest in the creative arts therapies and their development. We are pleased to announce the following individuals who have become Patrons of iacat.

  • Dr Pat Bracken
  • Dr Ivor Brown
  • Evelyn Grant (Dr)
  • Molly Lynch


Dr. PAT BRACKEN

Pat retired from his post as Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork, in 2016. He now works on a freelance basis and is currently employed as a consultant with the World Health Organization in Geneva. He trained in medicine, psychiatry and philosophy in Ireland and the UK. He has worked with victims of violence in Uganda and in other low-income countries and has also worked with refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland and the UK. Pat has sought to promote the importance of ‘critical reflection’ in mental health work and was one of the founders of the Critical Psychiatry Network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Psychiatry_Network He was appointed Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire in 2006. He was co-editor of the book Rethinking the Trauma of War with Dr Celia Petty, published in 1998. His own book Trauma: Culture, Meaning and Philosophy was published in 2002. With Prof Phil Thomas, he published the book Postpsychiatry: A New Direction for Mental Health in 2005.


Dr. IVOR BROWNE

Ivor is Professor Emeritus, University College, Dublin and retired as Chief Psychiatrist of the then Eastern Health Board in 1994. Ivor has been a central and controversial figure in Irish life up until the mid-nineties when he retired.
As Chief Psychiatrist for the Eastern Health Board Ivor tried to reform the Irish mental health system but faced enormous opposition from those who couldn’t accept his unorthodox methods. He mistrusted traditional psychiatry’s dependence on drugs. Ivor has had a positive input into Irish life on both sides of the border. As a young man he was given a fellowship to Harvard University where he studied Public and Community
Mental Health. He returned to Ireland determined to put what he had learned into practice and it was his initiative which took the care of mental patients away from large institutions into the community. He conceived and was director of the Irish Foundation for Human Development. This set up the first Community Association in Ireland in Ballyfermot one of the early large housing estates in Dublin. Ballyfermot was merely a housing estate without
any facilities, he went in with a professional team and helped the residents to turn it into a thriving working class community. This project was so successful that an offshoot was established in Derry, called the Inner City Trust which not only rebuilt, but transformed the city of Derry during the years it was being torn down by both sides in the conflict. He is the author of Ivor Browne: Music and Madness (2008)

EVELYN GRANT (Dr)

Presenter of WeekEnd Drive on RTE lyric fm, Evelyn Grant graduated from the Hochschule fur Musik in Essen, Germany in 1979. She lectured in Flute and, later, in Community Music Studies and at CIT Cork School of Music until 2009. Involved in outreach projects for over 30 years, she was the first Irish person to receive a Master’s degree in Community Music (University of York.) She was awarded a PhD from University College Cork for her research
on ‘Social Inclusion in Music Education in Ireland.’ She had made a number of radio documentaries, including a 6-part series entitled 'Passions and Policies - Music Education in Ireland.'  For RTE Lyric fm, Evelyn delivers an outreach programme of live music concerts in community settings all over Ireland.

MOLLY LYNCH

Molly Lynch is an actress and singer from Cork who has worked in the West End, across Europe and the USA. Most recently Molly appeared as Clara in Light in the Piazza at Lyric Opera Chicago alongside Renee Fleming as well as performing in the ensemble in the show at LA Opera. She has performed with English National Opera in Sweeney Todd and in Carousel where she was stand by for Katherine Jenkins and went on in the role of Julie Jordan opposite Alfie Boe. Molly also played Chava in Fiddler on The Roof along side Bryn Terfl at the BBC Proms and has sung as a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Oxford Philharmonic. During her BMus degree at the Cork School of Music Molly studied Music Therapy as well as Community music. She developed a keen interest in the subject and is a passionate advocate for Music and Dramatherapy. Molly is proud to champion the
valuable work that iacat do.

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