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Feathers in My Brain

A unique new children’s book is helping youngsters cope with finding out that a relative or loved one has dementia.

Feathers in my Brain has been created and produced by the Crystal Project with the support of the HSE and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare and is a first in Ireland.

The illustrated children’s book was developed to assist children with a relative with dementia. Written by Christine O’Riordan and illustrated by Nigel Robertson, it sensitively addresses how a diagnosis of dementia can be felt by all the family and how inclusion and openness can help everyone.

The team involved in the book hope that families will read this book together and gain insights into ways in which children can continue to connect with their loved ones with dementia.

It is our aim that families will read this book together to help reduce some of the fear and anxiety that may exist when there has been a diagnosis of dementia,” explained occupational therapist Sheena Cadoo.

“We hope that this book helps to explain in a gentle, yet realistic way, some of the changes the family unit may be experiencing.”

The Crystal Project is a community dementia project, led by the HSE North Cork Occupational Therapy Service. It involves collaboration between the HSE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Families Carers Ireland, families affected by dementia, UCC, local community groups and GPs.

Its aims are to support people with dementia, support families, and promote awareness of dementia and reduce the stigma surrounding it.

The base for the project is the Memory Resource Room in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre. There, those diagnosed with dementia and their families can access advice and information in a supportive environment.

There is no charge for any of their services and you do not require a medical card to avail of them. Most services are open to everyone though a limited number are available only to those living in North Cork. If you live outside North Cork, contact them to see what Crystal Project services you can avail of.

To purchase a copy of the book go to or contact Sheena Cadoo, 086-7871818 or Amy Murphy, 086-7812217.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards Crystal Project services, see for more.