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What happened in 2023?

Well a lot…

In 2023, the garden was very busy as we opened our urban haven to multiple groups and organisations. There are so many that we are probably forgetting some. Drop us a line if you used the garden and we forgot to mention it. Big HELLO & shout out to our friends from:

Dublin Cycles Campaign annual Food Cycle (trip around community gardens) (May)

Refugee Health European conference visit (June)
Cruinniu na nog – Nature Mobile workshop (June)
Lets Set Sail (with Ellie O’Neill and Silver Birch) (July)
ATD Ireland (Altogether in Dignity with Saol, Pavee Point and more) – Festival of Change (July)
Sonnie Condell & Robbie Overson concert (August)
Ceili with Ceoltoiri Chluain Tarbh (August)
Rather Gather festivalito (September)
Huni Kui – Amazonian culture (September)
Kevin Murphy & friends (concert) – (October)
2 instrument making workshops with Masamba (October)
12th European Forum ECLLD  Field trip (October)
Workequal – workshop about being confident (december)
Other partnership (ongoing)
NCIRL Early Learning Initiative After School projects (local primary schools) ‘Doodle Den’
A Playful City + Swan Youth Club / UCD students
Hill Street Family Resource Centre visits ( with one of our gardener Breffni’s workshop)
Cluid Housing Association residents (inspiration for their own gardens)
Liberty Park Creche
Young adults from Shaping Futures project, (INOU initiative)
Teacher Heather Gray (Creative Minds Arts & Culture festival)
Dublin City Community Co-operative
Our Organic Garden
Community Climate Action (on zoom)
EasyTreesie
Gaelic Woodland Project
8 week Get Growing training for learners of English (GreenFriends)
Common Purpose training organisation (innovative community initiatives)
Patuyu – bolivian dancing group (ongoing)
Take One Ingredient (ongoing)
Global Citizenship Education / Lourdes Youth & Community Service (LYCS)
Sea Scouts
Local Community Safety Partnership (LCSP) Probation & Community Service team
(Welcomed referrals from Social Prescribing workers & mental health workers to join as gardeners)
DCC’s biodiversity officer & DCC’s community climate action officer.

Afghan Kite making workshop (August)

CPR training (September)
East Wall Here 4 All, Cross Cultural Conversations, Intercultural Language Service and the lovely Integration officers and volunteers
from Gateway, East Wall.
TCD research
Cloud Café (adds to compost, brings us brownies and lend us their barbecue!)
Da Mimmo (pizzas & school project)
Tree craft (wood chip for garden paths)
Child Vision (delivering precious horse manure)

Forthcoming visits planned include students from Trinity’s Botanical Society and we are also looking for volunteers interested in getting involved with Heritage Keepers and do not miss out Tornaido Fire Performance & fundraiser March 23 rd (from 6pm)!

Festival in a van (with Narrative4) received a DCC Neighbourhood Grant to develop ‘the Stories of Hope’, a storytelling exchange
project in Mud Island in 2024 Date TBC.

We also helped some two film crews (short film shot in Alderborough House) &  a small Film crew shooting onsite.
Promotional video for ‘Mad Dog’ (launch 24 th March 2024 in the garden!).

Our team of volunteers also organise our own events:
Table Quiz in Cusack’s (April), Spring Fair (in collaboration Five Lamps Arts Festival), Open Day (June), Harvest Festival (August), Halloween (700 visitors!) & Christmas Fair with our first Irish language festival, Féile na Láibe.
Seed to Pizza project with local primary schools (March to September).
And our first own Brigid’s celebration (February).

In 2023, we also had some ongoing activities in the garden, which will continue in 2024:
– Crochet & knitting group.
– Monthly Repair Café mending bicycles, clothes, crockery and sharpening gardening tools and knives
with potluck picnic and swap shop / bric-à-brac.
– Language classes in Arabic & Spanish from our volunteers (we’re looking for a volunteer to front an Irish one).
– Sewing classes / group.
– Relaxation Sundays.

And finally, we did win some awards (and we are so proud!). We must thank our funders without whom all these activities could not be:
In 2023, we got 2nd place in our section at Dublin City Council’s Citywide Neighbourhood Award 2023!

The Urban Land Institute‘s National Excellence in Place-making Award got us in the front page of the commercial property of the Irish Times. We are currently shortlisted for the LAMA (Local Authority Members Association) All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2024 under their Best Green Sustainable category. Fingers crossed!

Thanks to our trusted funders: Croke Park, NEIC and DCC, and IFSC Inner City Trust and new additions: Wheels We Deliver for pollinators and Central Bank.

So bring it on 2024!

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Firebytes Part I

Amazing fire performance showcase in the garden as fundraiser for planting trees 💚 GaelicWoodlandProject

Check the eventbrite page HERE

A showcase of the art of Fire Performance featuring a mix of artists. This event is donation-based with the proceeds going to Gaelic Woodland Project who bring the power of communities together in the service of Irish ecology… this is a collaboration for a great cause! Suggested support amount is €15 – 20 which can be paid upon registration or on the night. Doors at from 18.00, show starts at 19.00.

Fire performing is where a performer uses a fuel to create a spectacular visual effect, usually with objects (e.g. staff, poi, hula hoops) dipped in fuel and lit on fire, but it can also be fire-breathing or body burning. Whatever form it takes, it’s hypnotic! Performers will create a choreographed piece to their chosen music – it’s an opportunity to experiment and to showcase their passion and skills. Firebytes Part I is in Dublin, but is open to all fire artists. If you wish to apply, the deadline is February 19th, application form HERE.

Gaelic Woodland Project are a registered charity run by skill-sharing volunteers, committed to creating ecologically complex native habitats in Ireland. They have just used a loan to buy land in Mayo to rewild with native species and ecosystems and now need funds to pay back the loan. This land will then become a community hub where people can come to learn about Irish ecology, engage with nature and become effective stewards of this beautiful island of ours. More info about their work is available HERE.

Mud Island Community Garden are a volunteer led community garden in Dublin’s North East Inner City. It was developed on a derelict site that has been turned into a beautiful, rich ecosystem and a community hub. It has raised beds for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel, a flower garden and a sitting area. Mud Island is farmed collectively and the produce shared. Read more HERE.

So come one, come all, to spectacular night for a great cause! If you’re into community, visual arts, performing, fire, ecology, environmental activism… or you just fancy seeing something different and new, then this event is for you!

NB: This event is WEATHER DEPENDENT and you know how Ireland is. In the case of postponement, we will be in touch with details of the new date as soon as we have it – it will be a priority to make it happen as soon as possible! Alternatively, you can request a refund and we’ll take care of it.

Events

Firebytes Part I

Amazing fire performance showcase in the garden as fundraiser for planting trees 💚 GaelicWoodlandProject

Check the eventbrite page HERE

A showcase of the art of Fire Performance featuring a mix of artists. This event is donation-based with the proceeds going to Gaelic Woodland Project who bring the power of communities together in the service of Irish ecology… this is a collaboration for a great cause! Suggested support amount is €15 – 20 which can be paid upon registration or on the night. Doors at from 18.00, show starts at 19.00.

Fire performing is where a performer uses a fuel to create a spectacular visual effect, usually with objects (e.g. staff, poi, hula hoops) dipped in fuel and lit on fire, but it can also be fire-breathing or body burning. Whatever form it takes, it’s hypnotic! Performers will create a choreographed piece to their chosen music – it’s an opportunity to experiment and to showcase their passion and skills. Firebytes Part I is in Dublin, but is open to all fire artists. If you wish to apply, the deadline is February 19th, application form HERE.

Gaelic Woodland Project are a registered charity run by skill-sharing volunteers, committed to creating ecologically complex native habitats in Ireland. They have just used a loan to buy land in Mayo to rewild with native species and ecosystems and now need funds to pay back the loan. This land will then become a community hub where people can come to learn about Irish ecology, engage with nature and become effective stewards of this beautiful island of ours. More info about their work is available HERE.

Mud Island Community Garden are a volunteer led community garden in Dublin’s North East Inner City. It was developed on a derelict site that has been turned into a beautiful, rich ecosystem and a community hub. It has raised beds for vegetables, fruit bushes and trees, a polytunnel, a flower garden and a sitting area. Mud Island is farmed collectively and the produce shared. Read more HERE.

So come one, come all, to spectacular night for a great cause! If you’re into community, visual arts, performing, fire, ecology, environmental activism… or you just fancy seeing something different and new, then this event is for you!

NB: This event is WEATHER DEPENDENT and you know how Ireland is. In the case of postponement, we will be in touch with details of the new date as soon as we have it – it will be a priority to make it happen as soon as possible! Alternatively, you can request a refund and we’ll take care of it.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.

Repair Café

Join us on a day of repairing!

We have kind volunteers who like to try and fix things… blunt tools, knives and scissors, bikes, garments, broken cups and plates!

It’s free of charge but you can bring food to share. We also have some bric a brac and a few plants to give away.

Donations appreciated & help welcomed.