#CreateAtHome - Downloadable Activity Sheets by Alan Nolan

January 6, 2021

Originally launched in June 2020 to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, you can still access via Draíocht's Facebook and YouTube Channels, free creative video workshops with artists Andrew Carson, Anne Cradden, Conor Donelan, Genevieve Harden, Emily Matthews and Jo Quinn. 
Illustrator and artist Alan Nolan has created these fun downloadable Activity Sheets to complement each workshop. Enjoy!

Week 3 Activity Sheets / 27.06
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Week 2 Activity Sheets / 20.06
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Week 1 Activity Sheets / 13.06
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By Draíocht. Tags: #CreateAtHome, Cruinniú na nÓg, Youth Arts,


December 23, 2020

Last updated: 29 January 2021

Draíocht is sadly closed to the public again until further notice as the country remains in Level 5 Restrictions from midnight on 24 December 2020. Stay tuned here for further updates.

Our programme of Online Events can be found HERE

Our Artist Support programmes can hopefully continue with all our enhanced protocols and procedures in place shortly.

Keep in Touch

We have two Covid19 Temporary Box Office Phone Numbers, for ticket enquiries, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm: 

083-084 7249 / 083-028 9771

Philippa & Cliona are at the end of the phones, happy to assist
or you can email  boxoffice@draiocht.ie

If you need something specific, the best way to contact any of our staff at the moment is by email. 

Stay well, stay safe and thank you for your continued support.

We miss you all. 


When you Visit Us ... 

As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of visitors, artists and staff, in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of Covid-19, we have adhered to Government Guidelines and implemented the enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your visit. Our staff are here to assist you with a safe journey through the venue, so please ask for assistance if necessary. 

Please note that we continue to monitor Government Guidelines for developments and will implement any changes in our own protocols as required by same. Updates will be available here on our website.

  • Face masks are mandatory in all public areas of the building, including our foyer, galleries and bathrooms. You are welcome to remove face masks once you are seated for a ticketed event.
  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines. ‘Keep Right’ at all times.
  • We will endeavour to keep queues as short as possible & appreciate your patience.
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations at entry & exit points.
  • Additional hand sanitiser dispensers are placed at key points throughout the building.
  • We have implemented protective screens at till points.
  • Please use contactless card payments where possible. Keypads will be wiped down after each customer.
  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building and staff are taking regular hand-washing breaks.
  • We have removed excess furniture from the foyer to limit congestion and dwell time.
  • Visitor capacity has been reduced in our Galleries & Auditoria to allow for social distancing.
  • We have decommissioned every second toilet and hand basin, to maintain social distancing and increased hygiene protocols in these areas. Toilets are for customer use only.
  • Additional signage to promote hand washing and best hygiene practices have been posted throughout the building.
  • Additional training and PPE have been provided for all staff. 

Attending an Event at Draíocht - Covid 19 Self Screening Questions

If you answer ‘YES’ to any of the 5 questions below, please DO NOT attend the event you've booked for. 

Instead, contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund, on 01 885 2622 before 1pm on the event day.

In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your party;

  • Q1. Had any Covid 19 symptoms, such as a cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms?
  • Q2. Been diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected Covid 19 infection?
  • Q3. Been a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of Covid 19?
  • Q4. Returned from another country, not on the safe travel list?
  • Q5. Been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

If you've answered 'YES' to any of these questions, please phone Box Office on 01 885 2622.
Full ticket refunds will be available for Cancellation by Venue or Customer Illness in relation to Covid19.

What can you do to help us promote a healthy environment?

We are doing all we can to promote a healthy environment, and in doing so, we also rely on you to keep recommended self-care in mind for your safety and the safety of others. Throughout your experience, please be mindful of current Government and HSE guidelines and public health recommendations, which we are referring to daily to update our Guidelines when necessary.

  • Know the symptoms: If you or a member of your party has a temperature or is feeling unwell, please visit us another time and contact our Box Office to discuss options for a Credit Note or Refund. 
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Help us promote social distancing by distancing yourself appropriately from others who are not part of your party and do not shake hands or hug.
  • Please keep your party together, especially if there are children in your group, to help maintain social distancing with other visitors.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissues safely.

Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to providing a safe experience for all our visitors.
We can't wait to see you again.
The Team at Draíocht




Rest assured that if you've booked a ticket for a show, and Draíocht cancels that show because of Covid19, we will be able to offer you the choice of a Full Refund, Moving to Another Date (if we can reschedule that show), or a Draíocht Gift Voucher, for use at a later date. 

For updates on show cancellations and re-scheduled dates, stay tuned to our Events page and Blog:



Please be patient with our Box Office staff and be assured that we will be in contact with all audience members as quickly as possible.

If you're on Social Media, come and join us as we keep the content flowing on our FACEBOOKTWITTER INSTAGRAM YOUTUBE channels. 

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HOMEGROUND Artists Announced

December 21, 2020


HOMEGROUND: Art, People, Place, Identity
Research and Development Mentoring Awards (2020-2021)

Fingal Arts Office and Draíocht, is delighted to announce the selected recipients for HOMEGROUND: Art, People, Place, Identity 2020/2021, a new Research and Development (with mentoring) Award for artists working in socially engaged and collaborative practice and/or artists working with children and young people.

The artists are: Michelle Hall (Visual Artist), Thomas Johnston (Musician/Theatre Maker), Monica Munoz (Choreographer/Dancer) and Jijo Sebastian Palatty (Film Maker).


On announcing the award Emer McGowan, Director Draíocht said:

"HOMEGROUND was conceived both out of Draiocht’s 5 year Strategy ‘A Space for the Arts’, where providing support and expertise to develop artist’s practice is one of our stated goals, and out of a body of collaborative and children/young people’s practice that we have engaged in over our 20 years of operation. I am delighted to be working with this group of artists and mentors, under the guidance of Draíocht’s curator, Sharon Murphy, in a considered and curated programme that will support the development of their work and practice. I know this programme will have far-reaching outcomes and look forward to supporting the participating artists on their individual and collective journeys. I would like to thank our partners in Fingal County Council’s Arts office for their support, which has been crucial in enabling this programme take place."

The Award supports the development of the artist’s current practice and stage of development over a 6-month period (November 2020 – April 2021) via bespoke personal development mentoring, professional practice mentoring, peer supports, crits and networking opportunities and targeted support of a particular project identified by the artists of interest to both themselves and to Fingal/Draíocht Arts. In addition artists will be able to avail of Draíocht’s artist’s studio, theatre studio and rehearsal space in developing ideas. The artists each receive a fee for their participation.

On receiving their awards the artists said:

"I'm delighted to be a recipient of the HOMEGROUND award which will provide me with valuable support for the development of my practice over the coming months. I look forward to connecting with the other participants and learning throughout this process, alongside the peer group and through the opportunity to work closely with my mentor Marie Brett. The HOMEGROUND experience will be of great benefit to the development of my research in many ways and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead." 
(Michelle Hall  Visual Artist  http://michellehall.ie/ )


"I am thrilled to have received Draíocht’s HOMEGROUND award and feel a great sense of energy and optimism at what the award will allow to happen over 2021. HOMEGROUND could not have come at a better time. After a year like no other, having the opportunity to reflect on my artistic practice in a supportive and guided process will be hugely invigorating and beneficial. I’m also very much looking forward to deepening and extending my relationship with Draíocht through the award, to embracing the mentorship process, and to feeling a sense of collective purpose with the other HOMEGROUND awardees." 
(Thomas Johnston  Musician/Theatre Maker  https://ceolconnected.ie/about-us/ )

"I am delighted and thrilled to take part in HOMEGROUND. I am looking forward to interrogating, research and work developing my practice working along with an extraordinary group of peers and mentors. To test ideas and processes and to receive quality feedback is invaluable. The support and resources provided by Draíocht are generous, trustful and very encouraging. Thanks for opening a window of growth, connection and new relationships. Let the journey begin!" 
(Monica Munoz  Choreographer/Dancehttps://www.danceireland.ie/members/directory/monica-munoz-marin-1/ )

"I feel greatly honoured to have been selected to be part of this program. Being a Dublin 15 resident I was always on the lookout for an opportunity to get involved with Draiocht. I am sure I will benefit from HOMEGROUND mentoring in trying to envisage my immediate future career prospects. I am also looking forward to getting to know and learn from my fellow award winners. The great care, support, guidance and consideration I have received from the Draiocht team so far is nothing but exceptional." 
(Jijo Sebastian Palatty  Film Maker   https://jijospalatty.com/ )

The recipients of the HOMEGROUND Awards were selected via an Open Call which focused on artists currently involved in socially engaged, collaborative project or a project with/for children and young people in Dublin 15 or the wider Fingal county.

The Programme is convened and curated by Emer McGowan (Director, Draíocht https://www.draiocht.ie/ ) and Sharon Murphy (Artist & Curator, Draíocht http://www.sharonmurphy.ie/ ) and supported by Sarah O'Neill (Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal http://fingalarts.ie/) and Caroline Cowley (Public Art Co-ordinator, Fingal).

The Mentors are Marie Brett (https://mariebrett.ie/ ), Annabelle Comyn (http://hatchtheatrecompany.com/about-us ), Joe Lee (http://joelee.ie/ ), Christine Devaney/Curious Seed (https://www.curious-seed.com/aboutus-1) and Fearghus Ó Conchúir (http://www.fearghus.net/ ).

The HOMEGROUND model will be reviewed and documented.

FURTHER INFORMATION: emer@draiocht.ie

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Create Dance - Live Christmas Zoom Class with Mark Rogers

December 16, 2020

'CREATE DANCE' LIVE CHRISTMAS ZOOM CLASS ... We finished off our dance year with a very special Create Dance Zoom Class last Saturday, with one of our facilitators Mark Rogers giving a LIVE class from Draíocht's Studio - And what a Christmas joy it was.

We had 11 of our participants join us live over two classes and we all danced our little Santa socks off! Mams, Dads and siblings were dragged up to dance too - there was no escape for anyone, as Mark put us all through our paces.

We can't wait to see you all again in the New Year, hopefully back in Draíocht with real live classes. But if we have to wait a little longer to be dancing in a room together, we will continue to support you all with pre-recorded video & zoom classes, as we have been doing all year. Happy Christmas Everyone! We miss you all!


Create Dance is a core part of Draíocht’s programming. Now in its 8th year, it's a fun, innovative dance project, where our young dancers, with a variety of intellectual disabilities and abilities, love to dance and move. Two groups of children with intellectual disabilities from the downs syndrome and autism spectrum, their parents and siblings have taken part in this innovative dance project through a series of weekly workshops since 2013, with an overwhelmingly positive response.

Coming on 15 January 2021 ... Chance to Dance, a film project with our Dance Artist in Residence 2020 Jess Rowell, having worked all year with our Create Dance members and members from Traces Dance Ensemble. A film that explores and captures the power of communication through movement and the exchange of gestures between dancers in space and on camera. Directed by Jess Rowell and captured by film artist Conor Donelan. 



Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency in Draíocht was supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council.

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Draiocht News Update - 14 December 2020

December 15, 2020

Get your Christmas Jingle on with Draíocht!

Christmas is a GO in Draíocht and although 2020 has been a very different year for us all, we are determined to bring some magic to your little elves this season with our online events. 

As a special gift to families and schools, Draíocht commissioned an online show 'Quest for the Jingle', available FREE to everyone during December. Book online and tell your friends and help us share the magic far and wide. With real footage from Lapland and a big wave from SANTA CLAUS at the end (no really, it's actually him!), we hope you will love it just as much as we loved making it! It’s perfect for school and families and everyone who believes in Christmas magic!

Please also support our other shows this month -  the wonderful 'Rockin Christmas Rhymes' from Branar in Galway (just €10 per household) and 'The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen' from Verdant Productions (just €12 per household). 


Fingal County Council have animated the outside of our building with a gorgeous light showand if you're out and about this side of Christmas, take a wander past and check out our magical window installation created by Orla Kelly.

We have transformed our windows into an enchanted festive tale, filled with lights, colour... and festive mice! Enjoy a little unexpected magic and imagination by peeking through our windows, into miniature homes and the very busy lives of these hand-crafted mice... pulling crackers, sporting festive jumpers, going on a train ride, eating Christmas dinner and having so much fun, day and night! 


We also had a visit from a much-missed Panto Dame last week!
She misses you all very much and will have a Christmas present for you in the New Year! Stay Tuned!


The final stage of filming took place last week on our main stage with Draíocht’s Dance Artist in Residence Jess Rowell and dancer Brian McSweeney via zoom, from Theatre Royal in Waterford.
‘Between Us There Is…’ and ‘Chance to Dance’ will premiere online for public viewing in January 2021. Jess Rowell’s Dance Residency was supported by The Arts Council, with additional funding provided by Fingal County Council.

You may also have noticed that our large banner has been removed from the building. We have some exciting news ahead, which we’ll share with you soon, involving a range of artists and a very big projector!

For now, we hope you have a restful and peaceful Christmas,
Take care, stay safe and we'll see you soon,
From all the team in Draíocht ❤️



Making Music to Save Christmas
TUE 01 - THU 31 DEC 2020 ONLINE // FREE

Draíocht has teamed up with DabbledooMusic to create a special online theatre show called 'Quest for the Jingle', with Emily Matthews & Jo Quinn, where you will join in with the elves on-screen to make music that might just save Christmas.

Enhance your enjoyment of the show by popping over to DabbledooMusic's Blog in advance, to get some ideas for sounds you can create at home or in the classroom, to help save Christmas with the Elves! When you are ready with your sounds, sign up to receive your FREE SHOW LINK for 'Quest for the Jingle'.

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Quest for the Jingle - A Christmas GIFT from Draíocht
Created by Jo Quinn, Emily Matthews & Shane McKenna in Association with Draíocht & DabbledooMusic
TUE 01 - THU 31 DEC 2020 10AM ONLINE // FREE (But booking essential)

Oh No! There's a problem in the North Pole. Santa's Sleigh won’t move. There's no Jingle in any of the Bells! Chief Irish Elves, Fluffy Fiona & Nollaig Shona, need your help to get the sleigh moving, so Santa can get gifts to children all over the world.

Expect to see plenty of snow and some crazy elves, as you sing along and get into the magical spirit of Christmas with this gorgeous online experience, with live footage from Lapland.

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Enjoy the promo video:



Rockin Christmas Rhymes
Branar in association with the Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Are you ready to get Christmas started? It’s time to Jingle Bells and Rock around the Christmas Tree!

Live from the Black Box in Galway, you can enjoy this Online musical treat for the whole family, with a merry mix of festive favourites and rocking rhymes performed by a fantastic 5 piece band.

This festive feel-good live music show-Ho-Ho will have everyone jiving all the way to Christmas! 

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The Stories of Hans Christian Anderson
Verdant Productions


From the greatest storyteller in the world, comes Thumbelina, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and many more, in this one-hour fantastical journey made for all ages to enjoy together. 

These stories have stood the test of time for generations. Now is the time to surround ourselves with great stories with music, songs, dancing and maybe even a love story.

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The Secrets of Primrose Square
Pat Moylan Productions. Written by Claudia Carroll

FRI 22 - SAT 23 JAN 2021 8PM // €12 PER DEVICE

Welcome to Primrose Square. At number eighteen, there’s Susan - an ordinary woman dealing with the unimaginable, while her teenage daughter Melissa desperately tries to keep the family together. Next door we have sixty-something Jayne, who’s found love again - or has she? A visit to Primrose Square provides us with tears, laughter and gossip in equal proportions.

The Secrets of Primrose Square is three interwoven stories based on a simple quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:
‘A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’

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The show will go on!

Get your loved ones a gift voucher this Christmas, and promise them a happy new year in Draíocht.

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