January 7, 2013


We are starting off the New Year with a fantastic project for local 5th and 6th classes. There is only one week to apply, so if you are interested please find further details and an application form below.


Dreamweavers- STORYHOOPS is a Draíocht Arts Education Project for 5th and 6th class students, created and facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino. 


The project consists of a series of workshops carried out by Gina, with three classes in their school. The STORYHOOPS will be created using a hula-hoop, wool fiber, a variety of colourful fabrics, textures, and a meaningful/symbolic fabric/ribbon/yarn belonging to each participant. The wool fiber will be used to create hand-felted ropes which will be the backbone of the STORYHOOP. Each ’Dreamweaver’ will then weave their life story, or a story they would like to tell, in coloured fabric-(ie. each year of their life might be a different colour; an important event might be marked with a change of fabric, ribbon, a button, a stitch) Dreams and aspirations are woven intermittently or at the end. This project supports the arts curriculum’s Fabric and Fibers strand, as well as touching on storytelling and composition.


The Dreamweaver’s STORYHOOPS and written stories will then be collectively exhibited in a short term gallery installation in Draíocht’s first floor gallery space in late February 2013.

After exhibition, schools can chose to install the work as a permanent/semi-permanent abstract art work in their school, or each student can take their own piece home as a keepsake from the project.

5th and 6th classes in Dublin 15 primary schools are eligible to participate, but places are limited to 3 classes, so an application process is in place. One class from a school can participate.

The project will have the following elements:

  • 6 (1.5hr) visual arts sessions with Gina Faustino in the school class room (1 per week of project), beginning the week of Monday 22nd January 2013.
  • 1 Gallery installation and launch with invited families and guests

Dates and times for sessions will be confirmed with schools when their participation is confirmed this month. Please take into account that the class must be free to participate in all sessions of each element of the project, schedules will be made available in advance of the project’s start.


 This project will be managed and resourced by Draíocht. Schools will be asked to contribute €45 participation fee. All other costs will be met by Draíocht. (If this cost is an issue for your school please do get in touch with Sarah Beirne)

  • If you are interested in participating please download and complete the application form here and return it to Sarah in Draíocht by post or hand-alternately, feel free to fill answers into the body of an e-mail to sarah@draiocht.ie
  • If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project in more detail, please contact Sarah on 01 8098029.
  • The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 15th January 2013.  Successful schools will be informed by phone on Thursday 17th January 2013.

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Early Bird - Book before 31 December 2012

December 19, 2012


Full price: €12 // Early Bird: €10 //

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Full price: €18 // Early Bird: €12 //

Tickets must be paid in full before 31 December to avail of these Early Bird Offers.

A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at these prices per person.

Not applicable to group bookings. 

BOX OFFICE 01 885 2622

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Free Family Day: Printing Christmas Cards

December 17, 2012

Free Family Day: Printing Christmas Cards

Unlike most years, we had a pretty quiet Family Day on the 8th of December... it could be because it coincided with probably one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the year! But those that joined us in our first floor gallery printed some very beautiful cards with the help of our artists Jenny, Deirdre, Gen and Andrew.

If you want to make some printed Christmas cards like these at home, you can make a version of what we did with the help of a bit of recycling! Just keep the polystyrene trays that fruit and vegetables sometimes come in and any wrapping, posters or sheet of paper that have a plastic feel to them that might come in your letter box.

Start by using a pen to draw into the Polystyrene, marking out whatever picture you would like to print. Then roll out some paint- we used printing ink and perspex, but acylic paint would do the job and you could spread it onto the plastic coated advertisment that came through your door. This is so the paint is nice and thin...

Best to get you hands on a roller, which you can get from most art supply shops- but a paintbrush will work too.

Next, roll the paint out on to the polystyrene picture (as shown above), thinly and evenly and then press it down onto some paper.


Give it a good rub, pull it off and hey presto, you have a print!

Another idea is to cut up the polystyrene (or thick cardboard would do), then arrange and glue your cut out shapes onto a square of carboard, in a design you like. Roll over your design with an inked up roller. The paint will attach only to the design, as it is raised away from the cardboard base. You have created a stamp. Place your inked stamp down onto a sheet of paper and once again, give it a good rub. When you take it off, only your design should remain.



You can print these stamps over and over again in as many coloures as you would like. Once the print has dried you can glue it on to some card and discover that you will never have to buy a Christmas card again!


We also improvised & made some Christmas decorations for our tree with the left over print templates…

Any Questions, feel free to give drop me a mail (sarah@draiocht.ie) or drop into our next FREE family Day on Sat 26th of January 2013- We will be making piggy banks.

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Thank You Thank You Liam Halligan

December 12, 2012

The Participants have their say after a year long Theatre project in Draiocht with Liam Halligan, culminating in an end of year performance 'You Yes You' ...

Read more here ... 


I just want to say the last year being involved in Liam Halligans community project was amazing and something I won't forget in a hurry. Before this, I had always wanted to try an acting class but could never find something that suited, until this that was. After our first meeting I knew I wanted to be involved to the very end even if it was just doing props back stage and the community feeling was amazing. No one held back, which I think was largely due to Liam being such an open person, he didn't want you to do anything other than be yourself and create characters when needed. 

Because of this experience I am looking into doing another acting group, though I dont know if it will be as good as the classes that Liam and Draoicht supplied to all of us in the cast. I would recommend anyone to look into any of the future projects Draiocht or Liam have, because honestly it is one of the best things you will ever sign yourself up to, even if I was sick with nerves before each performance :D 



When I went to the first ‘You Yes You’ workshop, I hadn’t a clue what was in store. All the people who were doing the workshop were a few years older than me and being honest I was a bit overwhelmed that there was no one around the same age as me there. Not that I had a problem with that but I’d been so used to having everyone I did drama with being either younger or the same age as me and always competing for parts. But with the ‘You Yes You’ cast there was none of that. Everyone was behind everyone else. If you felt you couldn’t do something the cast was always behind you supporting you 100%. And the same goes for the amazing director Liam Halligan who kept the project so interesting and fun to do. He was open to any ideas the cast had. Everyone came out smiling and couldn’t wait for the next workshop. It was the highlight of my week - I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come so I could just go to Draiocht and do the ‘You Yes You’ workshops with Liam and the rest of the cast. Liam always had the cast laughing at all of the workshops which made it so easy to get up on stage and act. ‘You Yes You’ is going to be missed and it’s a pity it was only a year long project. Because it was the best ever project in my opinion that has been done in Draiocht. And that’s thanks to Liam who was incredible to work with.



more coming soon ...

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We will miss you Liam Halligan ...

December 10, 2012

We're sad to say goodbye to Liam Halligan after his year working with Draiocht and our D15 participants ... the final performances of 'You, Yes You' were amazing ...

Enjoy some video snippets advertising the shows here ... and some from the Final Performances here ...

Also on hand was photographer Tom Lawlor who took some stunning pictures so we can remember this project for ever! More to follow ... 




Liam wrote this lovely Director’s Note for the Printed Programme on the night:

The piece of theatre you will see tonight is the result of an Artist-in-Residency project which began in November of last year.

This residency provided me with a wonderful opportunity to make something new and different - a piece based on what the community have to say. It allowed me time to work with a large group of non actors in a large theatre with constant administrative support. The objective was to bring a diverse group of individuals together, to build confidence, to have fun, to collaborate, to inspire each other and to create something that mattered.

I was hoping to spend the year working with a group of about 15 individuals from the local area but then Draíocht received over 100 enquiries! So this quickly changed the shape and the possibilities of what we could create. The last thing I wanted to do was to turn people away. So, we began in February and created 4 groups of approx 12 participants. We continued with 4 week sessions in April, July and October/November.

The themes and content of the piece slowly emerged. The sequences you will see are based on the improvisations and exercises that the group really enjoyed doing. The final group of 28 ‘die hards’ selected themselves naturally. A strong group dynamic developed and the themes took on more depth. All the text and the songs you will hear were suggested by the group.

As a theatre maker I wanted to hear the voices of people who are often airbrushed out of theatre, voices that are too quiet to be heard. I hope we have achieved that.

I am hugely grateful to everyone who came along and I am delighted that such a smashing group of people stayed with it to the very end. Thank you for all your commitment, energy and bravery. It will be very difficult to ‘say goodbye’. 

Liam Halligan


Very Special Thank You To:
Fingal County Council and The Arts Council who funded the project.

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