Focus On ... Creative Crafts: Deadly Dye - SOLD OUT

Focus On ... Creative Crafts: Deadly Dye - SOLD OUT

Primary School Workshops

Wed 15 - Thu 16 Apr 2015 Draíocht Workshop Room // €45 per class

WED 15 & THUR 16 APRIL 2015
9.30AM-11AM OR 11.30AM-1PM

Artists Ian Slattery and Andrew Carson will lead this fabric craft workshop that allows pupils to turn an old white t-shirt into an artistic masterpiece. Participants will learn the process of tie-dye by by folding, twisting, pleating and crumpling fabric and binding with rubber bands. Once each student has created a design, then the magic begins! (Each student will need to bring white cotton material (old t-shirt, pillow case, tea-towel).

WORKSHOP NOTES: Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne 01-809 8029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class. Teacher must remain with the class at all times. Booking through Box Office on 01-8852622.

Lifeboat - SOLD OUT

Lifeboat - SOLD OUT

Spreacha 2015 - Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland

Tue 24 - Thu 26 Mar 2015 Spréacha on Tour

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings. Set in World War II, it is a story of courage, a story of survival and a story of enduring friendship. On Friday 13 September 1940, a ship, The City of Benares, set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only eleven of the evacuees survived. Two fifteen year old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

Show Details:
TUES 24 MARCH - 2 shows - SOLD OUT
WED 25 MARCH - 2 shows - SOLD OUT
THURS 26 MARCH - 2 shows - SOLD OUT

6 School Shows in total Available.
Age 9+ / Dur: 75 mins
Spréacha on Tour: School shows will take place in your school.
Tickets: €300 per school show for 120 students (so €2.50 per student)
Request our school booking information sheet by email from Leigh or by phoning Box Office 01-8852622.

Spréacha is presented by Draíocht in partnership with Fingal County Council.

MORE ... Enjoy our Blog after performing in Scoil Oilibheir ...

"I was mesmerised from beginning to end … extraordinary talent." Audience Member

"At the end the audience wiped the tears from their eyes and rose to give them a standing ovation." The Scotsman

Focus On ... Freaky Fabric and Fibre - SOLD OUT

Focus On ... Freaky Fabric and Fibre - SOLD OUT

Thu 16 - Thu 23 Oct 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room

Bring some spooky Halloween fun into your classroom with fabric artist Gina Faustino’s help and at the same time learn about construction and design of fabric and fibre. During workshops each student will use their imagination to design and construct their own freaky fabric creature. 

WORKSHOP NOTES: Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45.00. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01)8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Booking is essential tel Box Office on 01-8852622. Max of 30 pupils per class.

THUR 16 – FRI 17 OCT 2014
10AM – 11.15AM OR 12PM – 1.15PM

WED 22 – THUR 23 OCT 2014
10AM – 11.15AM OR 12PM – 1.15PM

Artists Andrew Carson & Gina Faustino



Primary School Film Screening in Draiocht - In association with the Irish Film Institute

Wed 7 May 2014 10.30am Main Auditorium // €2

Set in 1984 Manchester and inspired by real events, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby, who helps a wayward boy fulfil his dream. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.

Film details: UK ● 2013 ● Drama ● 94 min ● Director: David Scheinmann

School Booking Details:
Suitable for 4th, 5th & 6th class pupils
Cost:€2 per student. 2 teachers free per class.
Booking tel: 01-8852622
Please let us know about any special needs at time of booking.

Includes an Introduction on the morning by the Education Dept of the IFI.

We Love Books Tour - SOLD OUT

We Love Books Tour - SOLD OUT

Presented by Tom Donegan

Wed 5 Mar 2014 10.30am Main Auditorium // FREE

Wed 05 March 2014  10.30am  Main Auditorium / 3rd & 4th Class groups / Free
Duration: 2 hrs (including Q&A and Book Signing)

This March, three of Ireland’s favourite children’s authors will be visiting Blanchardstown as part of the We ‘♥’ Books tour. Join Derek Keilty (Will Gallows), Sheena Wilkinson (Too Many Ponies) and Paul Howard (Bugville) as they take over Draíocht for a morning of book-themed fun, celebrating World Book Day 2014! This special schools event will feature something for everyone, with illustration demos, readings and a look at the books that inspired each author’s love of writing – from literary classics, to graphic novels. There will also be opportunity for young readers to ask plenty of questions and get a book signed after the show.

Booking is essential: Contact Box Office on (01) 885 2622



Draíocht and Primary Schools

Mon 24 Feb - Tue 11 Mar 2014 Draíocht Workshop Room

These workshops, in association with The Mobile Music School, incorporate elements of the primary school curriculum with a considerable emphasis on listening, performing and composing – three core strands of the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment.

Mon 24 – Tue 25 Feb 2014: String Along Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 5th to 6th Class
Fusing storytelling, arts, crafts and composition, this workshop introduces students to the instruments and sounds of the string family. Students will learn to visualise the difference between instruments and will be encouraged to compose their own piece of music, as well as make their own string instrument with twine, string, bamboo and cardboard.

Mon 03 – Tue 04 Mar 2014: Let’s Sing Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 3rd to 4th Class
Regardless of ability, experience or knowledge, these sessions will bring the entire class together to sing in harmony as a once off Gospel Choir.

Mon 10 – Tue 11 Mar: Let’s Drum Workshop
10am-11.15am or 11.45am-1pm // Age range: 3rd to 4th Class
After a brief demonstration of a range of percussion instruments, students are given the opportunity to play the instruments and perform as a member of a percussion ensemble. By the end of each session, students will perform a piece of percussion ensemble music as a class.

Workshop Notes:Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list. Cost per class €45. Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01)8098029 if cost is an issue for your school. Max of 30 pupils per class.




Wed 1 May - Sun 30 Jun 2013

Draíocht will support this exciting Fingal Arts Office project that engages a local primary school class in a series of activities that explores a local green site. The project will include everything from collecting, digging and recording of local flora and fauna through to drawing and the eventual presentation of materials collected by the pupils. This innovative project brings science and art together by working with the project’s creator, artist and facilitator Christine Mackey and a Botanist. Work created will form part of an exhibition later in the year, ‘A Year in the Field’ by Christine Mackey, which is part of Fingal County Council's public art commissions 2007-2013.

Further info about Christine Mackey ... here ... 

Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition

Fri 1 - Tue 5 Mar 2013 GROUND FLOOR GALLERY // FREE

DREAMWEAVER's STORYHOOPS is a project about life stories told through the use of a hula hoop and weaving fabric.

Draíocht has worked with 71, 6th class students from 3 local schools in Dublin 15; Ladyswell National School, Castleknock Educate Together & St. Philip Senior National School. This innovative project facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino, focused on showing/telling each child's individual story in a very unique visual manner - with the use of a hula hoop and fabric!

VIDEO: See the finished work installed in our Gallery ... here ... 

Focus On ... Drumming, Percussion & Rhythm

Focus On ... Drumming, Percussion & Rhythm


Mon 24 - Fri 28 Sep 2012 Draíocht Workshop Room // €45 per class

Facilitated by Wassa Wassa Workshops, these exciting, hands-on workshops will give students a fantastic opportunity to explore their creativity through music. Students will be introduced to traditional African drumming  by getting the chance to see and play different instruments, they will find out how rhythms are formed, while learning a bit about intercultural values and having fun.

MON 24 - WED 26 SEPT 2012
10.15AM – 11.30AM OR 12PM - 1.15PM

THU 27 – FRI 28 SEPT 2012
10.15AM – 11.30AM OR 12PM – 1.15PM

Workshop Notes: Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list / Cost per class €45 / Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01)8098029 if cost is an issue for your school / Booking is essential, tel Box Office on (01) 8852622 / Max of 30 students per class.

MORE ... Enjoy our Wassa Wassa Blog about this fab workshop

Focus On ... Looking at our Landscapes

Focus On ... Looking at our Landscapes

Draiocht and Schools

Mon 14 - Thu 17 May 2012 10AM – 1.30PM Draíocht Workshop Room // €45 per class

These workshops will start with a facilitated visit to both Galleries to see Dave West’s cityscapes and Cathy Henderson’s landscapes. Using these as a source of inspiration, we’ll begin by creating a traditional landscape, learning about background and foreground. We will then build over this natural landscape with the man-made structures of modern life, creating an urban cityscape, so seeing the effect that buildings and telephone lines have on our natural landscape.

Workshop A: Age range: 1st-2nd class
Mon 14 and Tue 15 May 2012
10-11.30AM or 12-1.30PM

Workshop B: Age range: 1st year – transition year
Wed 16 and Thurs 17 May 2012
10-11.30AM or 12-1.30PM

Workshop Notes:
Limited to 1 class per school but other classes are welcome to be part of a waiting list / Cost per class €45.00 / Please get in touch with Sarah Beirne (01)8098029 if cost is an issue for your school / Booking is essential, tel Box Office on (01) 8852622 / Max of 30 students per class.

MORE ... Enjoy our Blog about this workshop



Primary School Project & Exhibtion

Mon 14 Dec - Thu 14 Jan 2010 First Floor Gallery, Draiocht

School Workshops: October - December 2009
Exhibition: 14 Dec 2009-14 Jan 2010, First Floor Gallery, Draiocht

ARTstronomy was the name of Draíocht’s primary school art and science project celebrating 2009 as the international year of astronomy, which took place over a 6 week period with 5th and 6th class students from 3 local Dublin 15 schools; St. Francis Xavier Senior National School (Ms. Corrigan’s 6th Class), Scoil Bhríde Cailíní (Ms. Moran’s 5th Class) and Scoil Oilibhéir (Iníon Ní Dubghaill’s 6th Class). In all 87 students and their teachers took part in the project, exploring both the universe and various art forms.

The project started in Draíocht where students took part in a ‘Deadly Moons Workshop’, created and presented by artist and astronomer Deirdre Kellegan. This workshop is presented in conjunction with UNAWE (Universe Awareness for Young Children), an international outreach programme which is a cornerstone of the international year of astronomy.

Then the students went to visit Dunsink Observatory during science week (8-15 November 2009) and had the opportunity to see the historic Grubb Telescope, located in the South Dome of the Observatory, as well as receive an illustrated astronomy lecture.

Finally, it was back to the classroom for a series of visual arts workshops with artist Anne Kelly, where students created their own lunar landscape, complete with deadly moons made from chalk, and life-size clay space men.

Draíocht was delighted to recreate this beautiful lunar landscape in our First Floor Gallery for all to enjoy from 14 December 2009 to 14 January 2010.

A taste of the children’s comments about the project are below, and these were displayed alongside the work:

“I learned that there is more than one moon, and it’s not made out of cheese”

“I learned that Phoboas looks like a potatoe”

“The deadliest moon is Mimus because it looks like the “Death Star” and I’m a Star Wars fan”

“I would name my moon Aingeal Mhór (which means Big Angel)”

“I learned that some moons have Oceans inside them”

“When I look up at the sky at night I see cheese because it looks like cheese”

Enjoy a video montage of the project made by artist and astronomer Deirdre Kellegan

Enjoy a montage of the Gallery Launch pics made by Draiocht

And you can view our Gallery Launch images on Flickr too

Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story

An intercultural dialogue project for children from multi-ethnic communities

Mon 31 Mar - Sat 10 May 2008

To celebrate European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, the Chester Beatty Library and Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, are collaborating in a unique project involving primary school children from multi-ethnic backgrounds living in the Dublin 15 area. With Blanchardstown being the fastest growing area in the country, with the youngest population (over 40% of the population of Fingal is under 15 years of age), and representing 100 nationalities (21% of its population), it is the perfect location for an intercultural project of this kind.

The goal of ‘Tell Your Story’, devised by Draiocht and Chester Beatty Library, is to provide positive arts experiences around storytelling in order to build language skills, confidence, arts awareness and multicultural understanding through highlighting commonality and celebrating difference.

The project began on the 31st of March with a field trip to the Chester Beatty Library, located in the grounds of Dublin Castle and a tour of the library’s collection. Members of Chester Beatty Library Education Department’s freelance team guided the children through the visual feast that is the collection of artistic treasures from some of the great cultures and religions of the world, including treasures from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Full of inspiration, the children returned to their classrooms to start a series of over 50 workshops in storytelling, poetry and visual arts taking place over six weeks with the project’s skilled artists and practitioners from both organizations.

Twenty nationalities are represented by the 148 children (including Albanian, Filipino, Irish, Kazakhstani, Latvian, Nigerian, Saudi Arabian and Zimbabwean children), who are aged between 6 and 12 years, and this project will encourage each child to tell their own individual story. By listening to their class friends, the children can enjoy and explore each other’s cultural heritage, encouraging them to share, create and celebrate the stories that are important to them. These sessions are sure to lead to exciting new discoveries and friendships as the children get to know more about each other and the many cultures they represent.

After six weeks of classroom workshops, the project will finish in Draíocht on Saturday 10th of May, with a Family Day and Exhibition of some of the children’s handmade work including clay face masks, treasure chests and hand-stained and decorated journey scrolls. The families of all 148 children will be invited to Draíocht where the project will be officially closed by Bob Kelly, of RTE’s ‘No Place like Home’.

The entire project is being recorded on DVD by filmmakers Neil Dowling and Paddy Shirley, and each child will receive a copy of the finished film to add to their treasure chest when the project finishes.

Chester Beatty Library, through its education service offers a variety of programmes designed to foster better understanding of its collections.
Draíocht is a multi disciplinary arts centre with a thriving theatre, visual arts and children’s programme, serving the people of Dublin 15 and its environs.


Additional Project Information:

The 20 nationalities of the children represented in the project are (in alphabetical order): Albanian, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Italian, Kazakhstani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Nigerian, Pakistani, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Saudi Arabian, Slovakian, South African, Sudanese, Zimbabwean.

Working in tandem in the six schools over 6 weeks will be arts practitioners:
Niall de Burca (Storytelling) / John ‘The Explorer’ Mahon (visual arts) / Julie Duane (Storytelling) / Sarah Kernaghan (Visual Arts) / Jenni Cleary (Visual Arts) / Triona Langan (Visual Arts) / Philip Kennedy (Visual Arts) / Thomas O’Connor (Visual Arts) / Seamus Cashman (Poetry & Storytelling) / Neil Dowling (Film Maker) / Paddy Shirley (Film Maker)

 The six primary schools taking part are:

  • Mary Mother of Hope (Littlepace) (3rd Class aged 8-9 years)
  • Tyrellstown Educate Together (Tyrellstown) (1st Class, aged 6-7 years)
  • Scoil Bhride Cailini (Blanchardstown) (4th Class, aged 9-10 years)
  • Castleknock Educate Together (Blanchardstown) (6th Class, aged 11-12 years)
  • St Philip the Apostle, Junior School (Mountview) (1st Class, aged 6-7 years)
  • Scoil Mhuire Senior School (Blanchardstown) (5th Class 10-11 years)

    Enjoy a trailer for the full length documentary of that project. Please contact to enquire about full length DVD.