Queen’s Visit - Traffic Restrictions - 17-20 May 2011

May 16, 2011

If you're coming to any of our shows this week, it might be a good idea to check out the traffic restrictions in Dublin before you leave and give yourself plenty of time to get here ...

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Ireland from Tuesday (17th) to Friday (20th), visiting Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary and Cork.  

Please log on to AA Roadwatch for a list of the road closures, parking restrictions and travel information for the State Visit this week.
Due to the high security around the visit, all details are subject to change and many details may not be made available until hours before any closures.  

Dublin will remain open for business this week. However, anyone travelling into the city is advised to plan your journey in advance, allow extra time for your journey, expect to complete some journeys on foot and use public transport facilities where possible.  However, check timetable and route changes before setting off and there may be brief disruption to transport services at times. Gardai will direct traffic at major junctions, with the aim to facilitate movement in the city. Pedestrians should be aware that from Tuesday 17th until Friday 20th May, designated crossing points will be in place on a number of city centre routes.

Phoenix Park:  

There will be no parking in the Phoenix Park until Wednesday 25th May.

There will be restricted access to the park and traffic disruption can be expected.   

Dublin Zoological Gardens will be closed on Tuesday 17th and Monday 23rd May. Dublin Zoo will be open from Wednesday 18th until Saturday 21st and on Tuesday 24th May, but there will be no parking available in the park. On Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd the Zoo will open with limited parking.

Knockmaroon Gate in the Phoenix Park will be CLOSED to all traffic.

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Run the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Draiocht this year ...

May 1, 2011

Run the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon for Draiocht this year ...

Registration has now closed for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon on 6th June .

Are you running this year but are unsure which Charity to choose? Why not run this year for Draiocht ... 

and then create a fundraising page on MyCharity.ie ... any money raised will come directly to Draiocht ...


Thanks so much for your support!


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April 21, 2011

2011 Easter Opening Hours

Draiocht will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. We will be open on Saturday 23 April from 10am-6pm.

Betelnut Cafe at Draiocht will be closed all weekend, Friday 22 - Monday 25 April.

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2001-2011 Draiocht celebrates 10 years of Arts and Entertainment in Blanchardstown

March 30, 2011

2001-2011 Draiocht celebrates 10 years of Arts and Entertainment in Blanchardstown

2011 sees Draíocht celebrate our 10th birthday.  It has been an exciting 10 years as we sought to bring all our audiences of all ages a diverse range of high quality arts experiences. So whether your interest lay in attending performances, creating work or participating in workshops, we have programmed it, here in your local venue.  50,000 people a year attend events at Draíocht, many more attend our galleries, use our facilities and drop into us for a coffee at Betelnut Cafe. To all of you and to all of the artists from all disciplines that enable us offer the programmes we do, a very, very, big thank you. It has been our pleasure to work for you and we will continue to offer you the same great range of experiences in the years to come.

A special thank you must be given to our principal funder, Fingal County Council and to the Arts Council who provide additional funding. Without this public funding, Draíocht would not be able to bring you the range of work we do.

thanks to our Funders

Our January to April 2011 programme includes comedy, music, theatre and dance so do have a good look inside our Season Brochure when you get it to see what’s in store for the next few months.

Our favourite Panto group kick off our 2011 performance programme with their production of The Wizard of Oz, one definitely not to be missed. Spréacha, Fingal’s International Arts Festival for Children takes place from 13-20 April 2011. With 5 shows on offer for children from 2 to 12 years we hope you can join us for what is always a great week. A full range of workshops and projects for family and school groups are also available throughout the season. A packed exhibition programme and a range of evening classes are also available.

Stay tuned to our web-site for full information on all aspects of our programme as well as video clips, artists interviews and up to the minute offers and information.
Remember to book early for all events and when you need a little pick me up or a lovely lunch, do drop into our Café, Betelnut at Draíocht, to sample some great food and beverages.

Emer McGowan

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Recycle for Draiocht with Green Your Goods

March 2, 2011

Recycle for Draiocht with Green Your Goods

Do you have old gadgets at home, phones, cameras etc? Now you can donate their recycle value to Draiocht Blanchardstown via Green Your Goods 

We are hosting an online gadget drive through GreenYourGoods to raise money for Draiocht Blanch D15, and would love your support.

A gadget drive is a new way to fundraise that turns your used electronics (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and more) into cash to support a cause.

Contributing to our drive is simple. Just visit our drive webpage,


find the value of the gadgets you would like to donate, and send them to Greenyourgoods (shipping is free). The value will go to support Draiocht.

You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and Draiocht will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

Thank you so much for your support.

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