Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

Look, Talk, Draw, Play - Children’s Gallery Guide

APR-AUG 2020

Mon 2 Mar - Tue 30 Jun 2020 // FREE

PLEASE NOTE: Draiocht will remain closed until 20 April 2020.

Come and pick up Draíocht’s new Children’s Gallery Guide (free from Draíocht’s Creative Corner during opening hours) to help you and your family explore our exhibitions and building at your own pace and in your own time. Help yourself to our chalk boards, packs and large floor cushions! Look around the building, talk about the artwork, draw with the viewfinder, play a game of I Spy in the gallery!

This gallery guide was designed and created with generous support from Creative Fingal’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 programme, an initiative of Creative Ireland, in collaboration with Kotryna Kotoviciute from TU Dublin Blanchardstown’s, Creative Digital Media Degree course. Draíocht’s Creative Corner was designed by Artist Andrew Carson.

Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Draíocht Artist in Your Classroom Initiative

Workshops In Your Classroom With Draíocht’s Artists

Mon 2 Mar - Fri 12 Jun 2020 // €120

PLEASE NOTE: Draiocht will remain closed until 20 April 2020.

This programme aims to provide a range of high quality arts experiences for primary school pupils and teachers in their own classroom, working with Draíocht’s professional artists. Your school can choose from the range of specially selected and purposefully created school workshops below. This Season, pupils will have the opportunity to perform, print and sing. Workshops are tailored to your class’s age and abilities.

Music And Singing In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: 3 Class Groups get 60 min Workshop Each
Artist: Dónal Kearney
This music and singing workshop introduces pupils to the potential of making music with their own voice. The workshop focuses on building listening skills, encouraging creative play, and creating music using the voice and the instruments available in each school. Based on years of research in music education and practical choral training, Dónal and his team at Fingal Academy of Music believe in the power and benefits of music engagement.

Print In Your Classroom
Age Range: 3rd-6th Class
Duration: 2 Class Groups get a 2hr Workshop Each
Artist: Deirdre O’Reilly
Deirdre will introduce your pupils to a number of different print making techniques, before they work together to plan, create and produce a series of limited edition original prints. Print making allows pupils to explore the endless possibilities of shape and colour, line and pattern and offers opportunities to create individual and collaborative works of art. All materials will be provided. A must-do cross curricular creative workshop for your class.

Drama In Your Classroom
Age Range: Adaptable To All Age Ranges
Duration: Junior/Senior Inf: 4 Class Groups get 45 min Workshop Each / 1st Class Upwards: 2 Class Groups get 1.5hr Workshop Each
Artist: Eimear Morrissey
Using a theme of your choice as a starting point, Eimear Morrissey introduces pupils to the wonderful world of theatre through imaginative fun collective group games. The workshop will explore different ways of engaging the imagination, of thinking creatively, seeing, listening, new ways of communicating and expression, as well as building confidence. Pupils will work together towards a common goal of creating a short improvised performance piece, giving them the opportunity to experience the creation of something from nothing!

Workshop Notes & Bookings
Workshops can take place from 06 April – 12 June on a date of your choosing. Closing date for Bookings is Friday 01 May.
The programme is offered on a first come first served basis and is restricted to schools within the Dublin 15 area. Each day is subsidised by Draíocht and costs the school €120 including all materials. Schools are welcome to make multiple bookings, subject to artist availability, but due to budgetary constraints, the above subsidised workshop rate is limited to two days per school. For further details please contact Paula on 01-809 8029 or email

Sing, Bang, Jingle with Eamon Sweeney

Sing, Bang, Jingle with Eamon Sweeney

Exploring More With Early Years Arts

Tue 3 Mar 2020 10.15AM & 11.30AM Draíocht Studio // €5 per child // Dur 45 mins

10.15AM-11AM & 11.30AM-12.15PM (45 MINS)

Play music in a free and open environment with musician Eamon Sweeney. Have fun and embrace a variety of musical experiences using different instruments, songs exploring sound, colour and texture - using gongs, chimes, bells, ocean drums and simple percussion instruments.

This series of individual monthly workshops is intended to allow you and your child to explore different art mediums in an open and undirected way. There will be mess but there will also be fun! Cost: €5 per child per workshop (accompanying adult is free). Box Office on 01-8852622. These workshops are designed for children aged 2-4 years. Please respect age limits as each workshop has been designed especially for this age range. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Where indicated please DRESS FOR MESS and bring a change of clothes. These sessions are only suitable for one parent/guardian and accompanying child (without siblings).

The Dubliners Tribute Show - All For Me Grog
  • Friends Special Price Event

The Dubliners Tribute Show - All For Me Grog

Presented by The Liberties - The songs and story of the Dubliners

Thu 5 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €20 / €18 conc

'All For Me Grog' is the Galway based show that has played to full houses and standing ovations on its first Irish and UK tours. The show brings you the songs and story of Irelands most successful folk band, The Dubliners. 
Presented by The Liberties, who are deeply honoured to become the bearers of the torch which has been borne with such power and dignity over the past decades by The Dubliners. The original line-up of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Ciaran Burke and John Sheehan is brought to life with the exact same instrumentation, songs and close as you will get vocals, bringing to the stage a show in sound and appearance of uncanny accuracy of the internationally renowned Dubliners. 

The Black Velvet Band, McAlpines Fusiliers, The Spanish Lady, The Irish Rover, The Auld Triangle, The Parting Glass and of course, the song that made The Dubliners international stars - Seven Drunken Nights - plus all their other hits, will have you clapping your hands, stomping your feet and joining in the chorus of the well known and much-loved songs at this uplifting and exciting two hour show.

Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking
  • Friends Special Price Event

Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking

Writ­ten and per­formed by Sea­mus O’Rourke

Fri 6 Mar 2020 8PM / Dur 90 mins (with interval) Main Auditorium // €18 / €16 conc

‘Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking’ is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and holy water salad dressing. Funny and tender, this latest show by Seamus O Rourke, follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realisation that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.

Bursting with the vivacious wit that is the trademark of Seamus O’Rourke’s masterful play-writing, this show will tear at your heart and cripple you with laughter. Both playwright and actor Seamus not only gives us one hell of a script, he also executes a perfect delivery with superb timing, bringing to life through sweat, spittle and purest passion every exquisitely crafted and painfully familiar character to influence the journey of our antihero Padraig Potts. This is the tale of a generation lost between the old world ruled by religion and the new world ruled by hearts. Our unsung hero quietly shapes the world whilst accepting all that comes his way. However this is a crossover time. Could there be hope for Padraig yet?

"He tackles his topics with intelligence, insight and an edgy humour." Irish Times

Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Catherine Bohart - Lemon

Sat 7 Mar 2020 8PM Main Auditorium // €15

Join the star of BBC2’s The Mash Report as she smashes stereotypes around sex, sexuality and relationships. As seen and heard on Roast Battle, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier and The Guilty Feminist Podcast.

Some adult content. Age 15+

"Destined for stardom." Evening Standard

"The laughs keep coming and, finally, so does a tear or two. Marvellous." ★★★★ The Times

"A beautifully-delivered hour." ★★★★ Skinny

"Packed full of laughs." ★★★★ Herald

Honk! the Musical - CANCELLED

Honk! the Musical - CANCELLED

St Mochta's National School, Clonsilla

Tue 10 - Sat 14 Mar 2020 Main Auditorium // €18 / €12 conc

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been cancelled.

Thursday 12th March 2020, 1.25pm

Following The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar's statement this morning, in relation to mass gatherings of over 100 people being cancelled, it's with huge regret that Draiocht must now cancel the remaining shows of 'Honk' on 12th, 13th & 14th of March.
Our box-office team will be in touch with all ticket holders over the coming days to offer refunds or transfer of credit into Draiocht Gift Vouchers.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience in this matter.

Rescheduled - An Evening of Dance 2020

Rescheduled - An Evening of Dance 2020

Fri 20 - Sat 21 Mar 2020

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled to 24-25 May (FROM 20-21 MARCH). We are in the process of contacting all customers to transfer tickets to the new date or arrange refunds.

Rescheduled - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Rescheduled - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Wed 25 Mar 2020

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled to Wed 9th Sept (FROM 25 MARCH). We are in the process of contacting all customers to transfer tickets to the new date or arrange refunds.

MAKing Art: PRINTing

MAKing Art: PRINTing

Curated by Sharon Murphy

Wed 25 Mar - Sat 30 May 2020 Ground & First Floor Galleries

Draíocht’s forthcoming exhibition ‘MAKing Art: PRINTing’, curated by Sharon Murphy, was due to be opened on 25 March by Professor Kevin Rafter, Chair, The Arts Council. It includes the work of 20 artists across two distinct exhibitions whose practice is rooted in printmaking. The installation is in mid-flow and we look forward to opening it later in the season.

In the meantime, we are delighted to feature the work of the artists online.
Pop over to our Gallery Instagram for more content ...


New Impressions
Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly, Aoife Scott

Ground Floor Gallery
Works from the Graphic Studio
Members from Fingal

First Floor Gallery

MAKing Art: PRINTing is the third in a series of exhibitions aimed at children and young people, which explores a particular visual art discipline, its materials, processes and varied manifestations. Printmaking is the focus of this third exhibition. It celebrates different techniques, styles and approaches to the use of print, to the act of printmaking and to the print as a finished artwork.

It includes two exhibitions: New Impressions (Ground Floor Gallery) explores how traditional printmaking techniques have been re-imagined and re-worked and invites us to consider: what makes a print a print? Common conceptions of printmaking are expanded, from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, from mass-produced to unique, from paper to mixed and digital media. The exhibition features artists whose work, though rooted in or referencing print, expands the boundaries of that medium. New Impressions includes artists Neil Dunne, Margot Galvin, Fiona Kelly and Aoife Scott.

Works from the Graphic Studio (First Floor Gallery) is an exhibition which marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Graphic Studio and features members from Fingal who work across a range of process including etching, woodcut/lino, screen print and lithography. Artists include: Susan Early, Mary Grey, Julie Ann Haines, Michele Hetherington, Ernada Husic, Siobhan Hyde, Desmond Kenny, Michael Killen, Jennifer Lane, Pamela Leonard, Ned McLoughlin, Sorca O'Farrell and Una Sealy. The exhibition will also feature work by master printmakers, Niamh Flanagan and Robert Russell.

MAKing Art PRINTing will be accompanied by a programme of engagement for children and young people facilitated by participating artists and Draíocht’s Artist team.

Image: Aoife Scott

Draiocht Gallery Instagram

Rescheduled - I AM BABA

Rescheduled - I AM BABA

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Mar 2020

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled to 26 & 28 April & 10 May (FROM 26-28 MARCH). We are in the process of contacting all customers to transfer tickets to the new date or arrange refunds.

Rescheduled - Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Rescheduled - Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan

Thu 26 Mar 2020

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled to Fri 11th Sept (FROM 26 MARCH). We are in the process of contacting all customers to transfer tickets to the new date or arrange refunds.

Digital Dancing with our Create Dancers

Digital Dancing with our Create Dancers

Sat 28 Mar - Sat 25 Apr 2020

Even though we are closed to the public right now, we are continuing our Dance Classes with our Create Dance participants online ... Both Mark and Conor have been dancing up a storm with weekly lessons keeping all our children (and their parents!) moving at home! 

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.

We miss you guys and we'll see you soonest! 
Keep up the dancing at home ok?

Read more about Create Dance and email if you're interested in joining when re re-open.

#ShowUsYourArt - Week 1 Spring

#ShowUsYourArt - Week 1 Spring

Mon 30 Mar - Fri 3 Apr 2020

We are missing all our mini-artists and hope you are busy at home creating a variety of projects. Draíocht's Artists would love to see how you are getting on at home and want you to 'Show Us Your Art'!

Its easy to enter and we'll suggest different themes over the coming weeks, while also giving you some helpful tips & ideas on our Blog.

We've 3 age categories: Pre-School / Primary School / Secondary School.

Simply take a photo of your child's art work and email it to Paula Nolan Quinn at by the Friday deadline each week.

Tell us your child's first name & age (this may be posted on social media with your permission with their gorgeous artwork for all to enjoy).
We hope to have an exhibition of some of the works entered later in the year.

Week 1 Theme: SPRING
Enter your art by email to:
Deadline Week 1: Friday 03 April 11am.

We'll pick 3 winners randomly each Friday (one per age category) and prizes include Draíocht Movie Tickets and Chocolatey Treats (delivered to you after we're all back in action!)

Let's get creating! We are super excited for you to #ShowUsYourArt