Press Release | 7th Annual Family Day Festival Fills Smithfield Square with Free Fun Tomorrow

Press Release

All Families to be Celebrated Tomorrow as 7th Annual Family Day Festival Fills Dublin’s Smithfield Square with Free Fun

Magic, music, circus, games, arts and more from 1-5pm.

Family Day Festival | Saturday 27 May 2017 |

(Dublin, Friday 26th May 2017) One Family – Ireland’s organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating – celebrates the wonderful diversity of families in Ireland with its seventh annual Family Day Festival taking place tomorrow, Saturday 27 May, from 1-5pm in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Inspired by UN International Day of Families, the Family Day Festival invites all families to enjoy free fun and festivities including animation workshops with Brown Bag Films, magic and comedy with Brian Daly, toe-tapping and sing-songing with the Dublin Ukulele Collective, exciting circus skills with Dublin Circus Project, and Jitterbug Jackson with a thrilling mix of all.

Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, comments: “Family Day is a day to celebrate your family, and to celebrate all families. It’s a day to recognise and acknowledge that all different kinds of families contribute to our society today, that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that this brings positives for us all. We still have a lot of work to do as our Constitution does not yet acknowledge this reality, and many of the families we work with are struggling more than ever.  When parents and children know they are valued, they are enabled to build brighter futures.”

Karen further comments:  “Family Day is one day we can all get together, celebrate all family forms and simply have fun! It’s a highlight of the year for thousands of families, with almost 6,000 people in attendance last year. This year, we are especially delighted to present Family Day in Smithfield Square for the first time as, after over 40 years in our Lower Pembroke Street offices and as we celebrate 45 years of Cherish/One Family since we were founded in 1972, we will be moving office to the Smithfield area in August.”

Following on from last’s years Biggest Family Tree when over 500 children decorated our specially crafted wooden tree, children are again invited to part of creating Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree.  Children can draw a portrait of their own family on our leaf template which can be downloaded from or at the event. These leaves will form Biggest Family Tree at Family Day on Saturday 27 May.

One Family gratefully acknowledges Dublin City Council for their support of Family Day 2017. Full event information is on


Be part of Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree!

Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree will be created on Saturday 27 in Smithfield Square. Children nationwide can be part of it. Families come in all shapes and sizes and everyone should have pride in their family form. All families matter and all families are equal.

Download the Biggest Family Tree Leaf here:


Pre-booked tickets for Brown Bag Film workshops are no longer available. There may be very limited availability on the day, dependent on returns. No other workshops or activities require booking or tickets.


Saturday 27 May | Family Day Festival presented by One Family in celebration of family diversity | Family-friendly fun for all ages: workshops, magic, music, games, comedy, story-telling, arts & crafts, and lots more! | Smithfield Square | 1-5pm | FREE | / 01 662 9212.


About One Family

One Family was founded in 1972 as Cherish and is Ireland’s leading organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting or separating, offering support, information and services to all members of all one-parent families, to those sharing parenting, to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and to professionals 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 66 22 12, counselling, and provision of training courses for parents and for professionals. One Family also promotes Family Day and presents the Family Day Festival every May, an annual celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland today ( For further information, visit


Available for Interview

Karen Kiernan, CEO | t: 01 662 9212 or 086 850 9191

Further Information and Images

Shirley Chance, Director of Communications | t: 01 662 9212 or 087 414 8511

Jane Farrell, Communications & Marketing Officer | t: 01 662 9096 or 087 623 0166