Storytelling with Children’s Authors, a Giraffe and Poppy

One Family is delighted to welcome two authors, Sandra Garrish and Karl O’Neill, to Cherish House for a storytelling event on Thursday and we invite you to join us.

Canadian writer Sandra will read ‘Above The Trees’, a story she wrote for her young daughter. It aims to open a dialogue to explain the absence of a parent as Kaylee the giraffe learns about her family and many other families.

Irish author/actor Karl wrote ‘The Most Beautiful Letter In The World’ for his niece to nurture a love of reading. It tells the story of Poppy who finds a mysterious red envelope in the park.

Both books are beautifully illustrated and will delight children with the variety of characters voiced while immersing them in journeys both fun and educational.

This is a free event for children and their parents/guardians, and light refreshments will be served. It takes place on Thursday, March 14th @ 2.45pm for 1 hour at our offices: Cherish House, 2 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2.

No tickets required but as places are limited please RSVP to 01 662 9212 or to We look forward to seeing you.






For further details on ‘Above The Trees’, click here.

For further details on ‘The Most Beautiful Letter In The World’, click here.

What’s on in Dublin for you and your kids Sept to Nov 2012

Dublin has plenty of events happening throughout Autumn for children and their families. Here are a few that you can check out:

v  Art Workshops for children can be found every Saturday at the National Gallery of Ireland from 15:00 onwards, and they’re free to go to.  Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

v  On Thursday the 27 of September there will be a free children’s workshop for all ages in the National Library of Ireland, 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

v  Niamh Sharkey the world renowned children’s book illustrator is hosting a Monster Doodle Workshop to launch the Children’s Book Festival on October 1st. Visit your local library or email for more information on how to take part.

Trio Time is an opportunity for young children and their grown-ups to make music together and to learn about different instruments in a relaxed, fun workshop. Learn & Explore musicians will tell participants about their instruments and demonstrate their special sounds. Participants will be invited to join in the music-playing through singing, moving and playing simple hand percussion.

10:30am 1 & 2 year olds
11:20am 3 & 4 year olds
12:10pm 5 & 6 year olds

These workshops can be found in the National Concert Hall · Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Dublin and the price is €7.50 for an adult and €6.00 for a child. These classes run until the 29th of September 2012.

The Botanical Gardens have organised a “decorate your own pumpkin” competition, with a prize for the most imaginative entry. The competition runs from the 21st of October until the 5th of November. Only the skin is to be decorated and there can be no carving of the pumpkin in case it turns bad.

v  From the 28th of September until the 14th of October The Ark and Dublin Theatre Festival will be showing fantastic performances geared towards children aged 2-12 years. Below you can find a list of performance dates and a description of each performance. Tickets cost €10.00.

White   2-4 years                                                              28th September – 4th of October:

Here’s what the Ark has to say about the performance:

“Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birdhouses and make sure the eggs stay safe. Their world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…”

Ha Ha Ha 4+ years                                                          6th-7th of October:

A clowning performance that has had children and adults alike rolling in the aisles since its creation 10 years ago.

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out  8-12 years              9th-11th of October:

An interactive storytelling show and how and why we make things up.

Potato Needs A Bath  3-5 years                                 12th-14th of October:

A gentle and light-hearted new show for young children featuring fruit, vegetables and original music.

v  The Ark is a great centre found in Temple Bar that provides loads of fun and interesting activities for children and their carers. From Monday the 29th of October until Sunday November the 25th they will be opening The Telling Tall and Tiny Tales Experience. This is an interactive book experience with storytellers, workshops, and illustrators coming in different days to share their exciting world. Tickets are €4.00

v  On October 31st master storyteller Niall de Burca will be telling spooky tales for all the family at The Ark, Temple Bar. Tickets are at a first come, first served basis.


Free Children’s Concert 7 August

The Ark in Dublin are offering one-parent families free tickets to a concert on Sunday 7 August. There are 25 places and if you parent alone or share parenting and want to go you need to call Sarah at One Family, 01 6629212, as soon as possible. The Grant/ Kelly Family concert features RTÉ Lyric fm presenter Evelyn Grant who met her husband Gerard Kelly (Cork Pops Orchestra) when they were teenagers on the very first day the Irish Youth Orchestra began. She played the flute and he played the cello. They married and lived happily… well, they lived in a noisy house with their four children who played all kinds of instruments – lots of banging, plucking, scraping and blowing! They are looking forward to coming together from Cork, New York, Dublin and London to perform some of their favourite music in The Ark – and getting the audience involved too. Read more

US Cultural Ambassador gives talk at One Family, 6 May


In association with the United States Embassy Dublin, One Family welcomes US Cultural Ambassador and award-winning writer Dr Brenda Flanagan to Cherish House, Dublin 2. Please join us on Friday 6 May from 10am until 12 noon to hear Dr Brenda Flanagan speak on Accomplishing your Goals as a Single Parent. Known for her inspiring talks and her performance abilities, Brenda will weave in her experiences as a writer, so anyone with an interest in writing should attend. Places are limited so early booking is vital. Please email to Stuart at or to book your place for this free event. For details see


Do you want a Free Make Over??

Want a free make-over, or even a ‘make-under’? Parenting alone is tough on your wallet and leaves little money for luxuries which is where RTE’s ‘Off the Rails’ TV series can help you – they are looking for participants for their new series and will give you a free style revamp. Contact if you are interested.

One Family Client Christmas Party at Dublin Castle

What did you get? Santa along with his helper arrive early for Minister of State John Curran TD Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Karen Kiernan (Director of One Family). They celebrated with May McCann from Antrim and Zach Brady from Dublin and other One Family clients at their Christmas Party in Dublin Castle.

What did you get? Santa along with his helper arrive early for Minister of State John Curran TD Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Karen Kiernan (Director of One Family). They celebrated with May
McCann from Antrim and Zach Brady from Dublin and other One Family clients at their Christmas Party in Dublin Castle.