Events | Family Day this Sunday | Mark your diaries!

landscapeFamily Day 2016 takes place again this Sunday from 11am-5pm in Dublin’s Wolfe Tone Square (beside Jervis St centre).

Family Day is a day of free, fun, family friendly entertainment and activities to mark International Day of the Family. Come along and celebrate your family. We have lots happening during the day including:



Family Day MC, the amazing magician Brian Daly, hosts shows throughout the day at the stage area. Professor plunger will be bringing his special show too.

We are also delighted to welcome comedian Joe Rooney to Family Day. His show will be one not to miss!


Help One Family to set a record by creating the magical ‘Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree’.

Create an interactive swaying ‘Caterpillar’ with Happenings and Upon a Tree.

Make your mark on the beautiful Little Handprints Banner.

Visit the Pop-Up Print Shop and have fun with the National Print Museum.


Visit the One Family tent for face painting, balloon modelling and more throughout the day.

Say hello to DublinTown Ambassadors, enjoy giant games and grab a balloon.

Delve into an Edwardian experience with the Dublin City Council Library Learning Bus.

Have fun with traditional street games, and even more giant-sized games in the pop-up play area.

Don’t miss Cineworld’s costumed friends. Take a selfie with them; enjoy free popcorn, and more.

Grown Up Stuff

One Family ( Information on supports and services for one-parent families, people sharing parenting, and separating.

TUSLA ( Visit the TUSLA tent for information on Parenting24seven, an online resource on what works best for children and families and different stages of childhood and in different situations, which supports parents to improve outcomes for children.

Parentline ( Parentline is a free and completely confidential helpline for parents offering support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent.


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This event is supported by Dublin City Council and DublinTown.

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Events | Annual Toy Appeal

christmaschild Join our annual toy appeal and make a real difference this Christmas. By organising a collection of toys in your workplace you can help us make Christmas a little bit easier for the families we work with. As we all know, Christmas can be a time of stress and worry for many parents but in particular for families who are on a strict budget that doesn’t allow for presents.

In December One Family host a winter party for the children and each child receives a gift from Santa. We rely on generous donations from people like you to make this party a magical and memorable time for the children.

It’s easy for your company to take part. Just contact Geraldine to register your interest and we can provide you with everything you need to make your toy appeal run smoothly in your workplace.

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Positive Parenting for Changing Families, a One Family Seminar in National Parents Week

Positive Parenting Manual CoverOn Tuesday 21 October we present a seminar entitled Positive Parenting for Changing Families in Dublin Castle. Of particular interest to those working with children, families and/or in the sector, we will celebrate National Parents Week (20-26 October 2014) while reviewing the importance of a Positive Parenting approach with a range of experts. We will also launch our updated Positive Parenting for Changing Families manualised programme and offer the opportunity to attend free workshops on how to support diverse family situations.

The panel of expert speakers includes:

  • Karen Kiernan, CEO, One Family
  • Stella Owens, Centre for Effective Services, Chair of Special Interest Group on Supporting Parents
  • Helen Deely, Head of HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme
  • Donagh McGowan, Donagh McGowan & Co Solicitors, incoming Chair of the Law Society Family Law Committee and member of the Family Law Court Development Committee
  • Niall Egan, Jobseekers and One Parent Family Policy Section, Department of Social Protection


We asked, “What’s the important issue for you around positive parenting for changing families?”

In this short video Donagh McGowan, Solicitor and incoming Chair of the Law Society Family Law Committee and member of the Family Law Court Development Committee, talks about his important issue: how to address the failings of the current family law system.

In this short video Niall Egan of the Department of Social Protection talks about his important issue: the Job Seekers Transition Allowance.


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(L-R) Helen Deely, Donagh McGowan, Dr Anne-Marie McGauran, Karen Kiernan, Stella Owens, Niall Egan


1.30pm | Registration & Refreshments

2.00pm-3.00pm | Plenary session chaired by Dr. Anne-Marie Mc Gauran (NESC/One Family Board member).

3.10pm-4.30pm | Workshops – try out two of our four free taster workshops faciliated by One Family’s parenting experts. Choose from: Parenting Through Stressful TimesMaking Shared Parenting WorkMaking Conflict Healthy, and Supporting Children Through Family Change.

Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Bedford Suite, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Cost: Free


Step Out with One Family at the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

We invite you to Step Out with One Family and run/walk in the Mini Marathon as part of Team One Family. As Ireland’s leading organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting, and in the year of the 20th anniversary of UN International Year of the Family, we need people more than ever to take part with all funds raised contributing directly towards our work with some of the most vulnerable families in Ireland.

Team One Family participants will receive a sponsorship pack which includes:

  • a sponsorship card
  • a One Family t-shirt
  • and information including Race Hints and Training Ideas

Our offices – Cherish House on Lower Pembroke Street – are on the mini marathon route and just a few minutes from the start and end points. Cherish House serve as a hub for our team on the day: a place to enjoy complementary refreshments, to change, store personal items, and chat.

The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon 2014 is 10K in distance and will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd June 2014 at 2.00pm. All participants must enter either through the official Entry Form which will appear in The Herald on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 19th February and online here.

A convenient way to collect donations from friends/family is through, the online fundraising tool that helps you to collect donations for your favourite charities. allows you to keep your supporters updated through photos and video and by linking to your existing social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s easy to let everyone know what an amazing thing you’ll be doing.

To set up your own fundraising page click here. To check out One Family’s page click here.

For more information, please email Fiona. We look forward to stepping out together!

One Family Winter Party

Our annual Winter Party for current clients and their children took place yesterday in the beautiful Dublin Castle. It was great fun with almost 100 children and their families enthralled by master magician, Brian Daly.  Little faces were painted by our creative staff team; and all kinds of amazing balloon animals and toys created by Cathyrn Alexander. And when Santa arrived there was even more excitement!

Santa had help to fill the One Family Grotto this year with hundreds of toys and gifts collected by the staff of these generous companies to whom we, and Santa and Mrs Claus, are incredibly grateful:

Google: Thank you to Lorna Mellon and Sinéad Gibney and all the Googlers.

Chartered AccountantsThank you to Gillian Duffy and all the Chartered Accountants team.

Capita Life Pensions: Thank you to Deirdre Lennon and all the Capital Life Pensions team.

HRM Recruit: Thank you to Kasia Bik and all the HRM Recruit team.

Maples and CalderThank you to Yvonne Madden and all the Maples and Calder team.

A & L GoodbodyThank you to Sinéad Smith and all the A & L Goodbody team.

Trinity Access Programme Foundation: Thank you to Sarah Grimson and all of the students.

We are also very grateful to everyone who donated prizes for the parents’ raffle including Jinny Joe’s Baby Massage and Yoga, Tesco Jervis Centre and to Kenna’s Centra, Laurel Lodge who donated goody bags for the children.

Huge thanks to volunteers Cathryn Alexander for ballon modelling and face painting, to Paul Leamy for assisting Santa, and to all One Family staff and volunteers.

Thank you also to Darren Lennox and the Operations team at Dublin Castle Conference Centre for their help in co-ordinating such a wonderful event.

Lastly, thank you to all the children and their families for joining us for the festivities!

Invitation to Annual Review and Strategy Launch with our founder, Maura O’Dea Richards

One Family invites you to the launch of our Annual Review 2012 and Strategy 2013-2015 on Friday 28 June. The Keynote speaker is Maura O’Dea Richards, One Family founder.

When:           Friday 28th June 2013

Where:         The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Times:          12pm Registration | 12.15pm Start | 1pm Ends

To RSVP, please email or call 01 662 9212 to let us know if you are attending by Tuesday 25th June.

You are also very welcome to stay for the One Family Graduation ceremony from 1.30-3pm to hear from our learners and participants about their achievements in the past year.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Engaging Women: Taking the Next Step into Politics

One Family and Women for Election will co-host the free seminar Engaging Women: Taking the Next Step into Politics on Tuesday 21 May 2013 in European Parliament Offices, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Registration with tea/coffee opens at 9.30am and the event  runs from 10.00am-1.00pm, with a light lunch to follow.

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Jessica N Grounds

The keynote speaker is Jessica N. Grounds. Jessica, who was Training Lead for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign for the Iowa Caucuses, has devoted her life to empowering women to become political leaders. She is Executive Director of Running Start which inspires girls and young women to run for elected office; the founder and principal strategist for Solid Grounds Strategy, working with women candidates who have never run for office before; and co-founder of Women’s Campaign Consortium, a collaboration of female campaign consultants dedicated to serving women candidates.

The moderator is Mary Wilson, (Presenter; RTÉ Drivetime). Additional speakers include Ciara Conway T.D.; Rita Fagan, Community Activist; Karen Kiernan, One Family; and Niamh Gallagher, Women for Election.

This free seminar should prove of particular interest to women concerned about Irish society and policies and interested in making a difference but unsure how. It will also interest those who would like to learn more about all the different ways to be more politically active. Presenting the personal journeys of these well-known women who make a difference politically every day of their lives, this lively and informative event will hopefully inspire attendees to plan their own next move.

Jessica Grounds is an Irish Institute exchange speaker. This seminar is co-sponsored by the Irish Institute, Boston College and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend but as places are limited, booking is essential. Please complete the booking form to reserve your place by 4.00pm on Thursday 16 May 2013.

UPDATE: Friday, 3 May | This event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete the form below. If places become available we will contact you as soon as possible.


One Family and EBS announce Family Day celebrations and national art competition

Press Release





Family Day | Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 

Celebrate families, celebrate your family.

(Dublin, 18 April 2013) One Family, Ireland’s leading organisation for one-parent families and EBS celebrate the diversity of families in Ireland with Family Day 2013. This free, family-friendly day out takes place in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on Sunday, 19 May from 11am to 5pm. Family Day celebrations also include a national art competition for young people.

Family Day was launched today by Anton Savage of Today FM. All family types are invited to enjoy Family Day including one-parent families, step families, the traditional two-parent married family, adoptive and foster families, blended and extended families, and those with opposite and same sex parents. UN International Day of Families is held on 15 May annually and inspires the Family Day celebration. This is the third year for events to take place in the Iveagh Gardens and it is growing every year, attracting over 5,000 visitors in 2012.

Family Day offers entertainment and fun for all ages. All activities are free. New events specially designed for Family Day in 2013 include a pop-up participatory installation by artist Michelle Browne in partnership with IMMA, which invites families to compete in a buggy assault course.  Michelle is currently in residence at IMMA’s studios and this Family Day event comes from an ongoing research project with mothers who have young children, exploring how they experience and negotiate Dublin city with their buggies.

MC Al Kazam, magician extraordinaire, will enthrall all ages while overseeing the smooth running of the music and dance performances on the stage, and arts workshops from organisations including Fighting Words, Imaginosity and The Ark will intrigue young children and teenagers. The FAI’s goal scoring challenge and a traditional sports arena will keep everyone on their toes and when it’s time to take a well-earned rest, Family Day-goers can enjoy their own picnic or visit the food village on site where tasty treats can be purchased.

This is the fourth year that EBS has partnered with One Family to acknowledge International Day of the Family.  Barry Delaney, Head of EBS Marketing, said: “EBS has worked closely with One Family over the past four years to build and develop a flagship event which celebrates families in Ireland. We are delighted that it continues to get bigger and better every year and that more and more families get to come and celebrate together on this day. The focus on families is in keeping with our positioning as an organisation that is helping all kinds of families get on in life. This is a great partnership for EBS and we are delighted to play a part in its continued success.”

Karen Kiernan, Director of One Family, commented: “One Family has been promoting International Day of the Family in Ireland for the past decade and building on Family Day for the past three years. Mothers’ Day is for mums and Fathers’ Day is for dads but not every child can celebrate those days. Family Day is for everyone to celebrate all types of families. We invite every family, workplace and school in Ireland to celebrate Family Day.”

Those who cannot attend events in the Iveagh Gardens are encouraged to host their own Family Day event which can be included on the Family Day site by emailing details to

The Family Day art competition is open for entries until 31 May 2013 to young people up to the age of 18 with a prize of €500.  Entries can be submitted at local EBS offices nationwide or emailed to Last year over 1,200 entered the art competition with their wonderful family portraits. This year’s theme is ‘My family is …’ Full details are on

Family Day is presented by One Family and EBS, with the support of Today FM, OPW and Dublin City Council.

Further information about Family Day is available on


About One Family

One Family was founded in 1972 and is Ireland’s leading organisation for one-parent families.  It offers support, information and services to all members of all one-parent families, to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and to those working with one-parent families. Children are at the centre of One Family’s work and the organisation helps all the adults in their lives, including mums, dads, grandparents, step-parents, new partners and other siblings, offering a holistic model of specialist family support services. These services include the lo-call askonefamily national helpline on 1890 622 212, counselling, and training courses for parents and for professionals.


Family Day | A celebration of the diversity of the family with entertainment and activities for all ages | Sunday, 19 May 2013 | Iveagh Gardens, Dublin 2 | 11am – 5 pm | Free | 01 662 9212 |


Pics released today by Photocall Ireland.

For further information or images, please contact:

Shirley Chance for One Family | t: 01 662 9212 / 087 414 8511 | e:

Claire McGovern, Q4PR for EBS | t:  086 379 7291