Make Art Not Rubbish - Prize Winner at D15 Chamber Awards

October 8, 2010

8 October 2010

Close to 250 guests attended the D15 Chamber Business & Community Awards at a Black Tie Gala Ball at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club on Friday, October 8th 2010. Supported by the DAA and hosted by the D15 Chamber President, David Donnelly, the awards recognised the achievements of the business and community sectors and were attended by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Ken Farrell, Deputy Leo Varadkar along with several County Councillors.

Draíocht successfully nominated Vodafone Ireland for the Contribution to Community (by a business) Award for the 'Make Art Not Rubbish' environmental initiative, a collaboration between Draíocht Children & Youth Arts Coordinator Sarah Beirne and Vodafone Ireland. This award was sponsored by the Blanchardstown Area Partnership. Draíocht was also short listed for the Customer Service Team of the Year Award.

D15 Chamber Awards Oct 2010

Emer McGowan - Director Draíocht, Laura Turkington - Vodafone Ireland and presenting the award, Terry McCabe - Blanchardstown Area Partnership.

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Tyrellstown Family Day 28 August 2010

August 29, 2010

We had a super day yesterday at the Tyrellstown Family Day.
Nicola, Sarah, Niamh, Ian and Andrew headed off with the Draiocht Marquee and lots of red cushions and art materials, and set up a Family Day of Kite Making and Art from 3-6pm.
We had tons of kids through our tent enjoying the make-and-do.

Draiocht in Tyrellstown D15

Draiocht in Tyrellstown D15

Draiocht in Tyrellstown, D15

Draiocht in Tyrellstown, D15

Betelnut Café kindly gave us tea and coffee vouchers to give out to people, and Draiocht proudly sponsored the first prizes of the Tyrellstown Art Competition. 

On possibly the windiest day in August, our Marquee faired quite well and thanks so much to all the committee for helping us secure our pegs and stay firmly on the ground!

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February 19, 2010

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday 12th March 2010

Do you live or work in the Fingal area and are you over 18?
Have you thought about writing a play for the stage?
Then this is your chance to work with Fingal’s leading multi-disciplinary arts centre and Ireland’s only theatre company entirely dedicated to the production of new work.

Draíocht in partnership with Fishamble: The New Play Company wish to find new talent and encourage writers to produce new plays for the arts centre. This project will see the successful participants have access to workshop sessions to develop their own work and the opportunity to meet with established playwrights to learn from their experiences as they carve out their own careers. The project will also include attendance at a number of professional productions at Draíocht. The participants who are on the final shortlist will see all or part of their play have a rehearsed reading by professional actors directed by a professional director in Draíocht in Autumn 2010.

So, if you’re interested in play writing, here’s what you do.
Please forward an outline/treatment of a new play that you would be interested in writing. Tell us where the play is located, who the main characters are, what it’s all about and why you want to write it. The submission should take the format of one to two A4 pages typed and double-spaced. Please include your name, address, date of birth and place of birth/work/residence.
Final date for submission is Friday 12th March 2010.

What happens then:
Everyone who submits a treatment will be invited along to see Little Gem (Civic Theatre/Guna Nua production) in Draíocht the week of 15 March 2010. You will be given the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop and meet with a playwright that week. Each participant will then be asked to write 3-4 pages of dialogue based on ideas arising from the workshop.

The closing date for these will be Friday April 30th 2010.

From these submissions, a long list will be chosen. Participants on the long list will take part in a series of further workshops to develop their playwriting skills and their own personal style. At the end of these workshops (June 2010), a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted participants will then be provided with further support to produce a short piece of theatre which will receive a rehearsed public reading in November 2010 as part of Draíocht’s autumn programme.

Participation at all levels of this project is free.
A contribution towards theatre tickets may be requested.

Please submit your outline/treatments by Friday 12 March 2010 to:
Emer McGowan, Director, Draíocht, The Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
For further information phone Emer on: 01 8098027 or email

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