Comedy Workshop review from the wonderfully funny pupils from Rathregan NS Batterstown Dunboyne

May 29, 2015

29 May 2015
We were delighted to receive this workshop review from pupils from Rathregan National School, Dunboyne who visited us last week for Focus On Your Funny Bone, a comedy workshop for Primary schools with Punch Lion Comedy Club: Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review and send it in to us. Hopefully we will see you back in Draíocht again soon!

Our Visit to the Draíocht

Dear Sarah,
We would like to thank you for our trip to the Draíocht. 5th and 6th class of Rathregan National School did a comedy workshop and enjoyed it tremendously. Here are some opinions on this enjoyable trip to the Draíocht.

Oran O’Mahony said:
“I would like to thank you for our trip to the Draiócht. The comedy workshop was an interesting experience. We visited the Draíocht on the 20th of May 2015. When we walked into the Draíocht we received a warm welcome. Before we started the comedy workshop, we had a look at the art that was on display. We started the comedy workshop at 12:00. We split up into two groups and my group went with Danny. We played games and did loads of comedy, and I hope we can come again soon.”

Gemma Padden said:
“I thought the comedy workshop was hilarious. First, Peter asked us to write down some words to describe what we looked at in the art gallery before we did the comedy workshop. Then he asked us to jog around the room in a circle and he would shout “freeze!” then he’d point at two people and they would make a scene from where they were standing. So overall, I thought the comedy workshop was comical.”

James Padden said:
“Peter was very funny, and he was an extra in “Fair City” but I think he deserved more than that. When he was doing the comedy he was hilarious and he makes it look so easy! Most of the class enjoyed it and Peter and Danny were great.”

Róisín O’Connor and Rachel O’Neill said:
“Peter was a great comedian and gave us loads of advice like when you are acting don’t be embarrassed because you pretending to be another person. And have confidence in yourself. It was a fun packed day.”

Thank you for reading this email, maybe we will be lucky enough to see you again sometime in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Rachel O’Neill and Róisín O’Connor.
Rathregan NS Batterstown Dunboyne

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Draíocht Doodle Page

August 15, 2013


Samuel Beckett loved to Doodle, as did Thomas Jefferson and Sylvia Platt . Rumour has it that it can aid your memory! So if you are passing through Draíocht’s lobby with your child..or by yourself… why not stop for a doodle. You can also download a Draíocht Doodle Page here and doodle at home to your heart's content.  If you really love to doodle why not join us for a Monster Doodle Family Day.

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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
  • 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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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 ( or drop into our next FREE family Day on Sat 26th of January 2013- We will be making piggy banks.

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October 8, 2012

The last week in September we where lucky enough to have a fantastic workshop with Niall Delahan of Wassa Wassa Workshops. 3rd to 6th class students from around Dublin 15 participated in these exciting, hands-on workshops that gave students a fantastic opportunity to explore their creativity through music. The students where introduced to traditional African drumming by Niall, who has travelled all over West Africa collecting all of these lovely drums and learning his craft.



Sitting in a circle, everyone got a chance to play different drums in his very impressive collection,  which included two different types of drums, inlcluding some DunDun's....



...and two base drums that one of two students with aparticaullty keen ear used to keep the beat...and to keep the rest of us in line!



We learned how rhythms are formed, a bit about the culture of drumming in different West African counties, how the drums were made and even how he posted them back to Ireland. There was of course lots of noise and fun too-and everyone got to do a solo. By the end of these workshops, most classes had completed an entire piece of music that they could play together as a large ensemble- not something you get to do every day…and certainly not usually after just one workshop!

Focus on workshops run throughout the year for Primary and Secondary cycle students in a range of arts activities to find out more contact or the box office on 01 8852622.

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