The One Family, Family Tree was Created

Brimming over with free fun and festivities, family-friendly performances, games, workshops, story-telling and lots more including Ireland’s Biggest Family Tree.

Children across the country drew a portrait of their own family on our leaf template. These leaves were combined and displayed on our colourful Biggest Family Tree at Family Day on Sunday 15th May 2016.

Drawing a Family Tree can be challenging but this project aimed to instil a sense of pride in one’s family, whatever form it may take.

Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO, comments: “We created Family Day a decade ago to help raise awareness of how family diversity is a positive thing for society. 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.  But Family Day is one day we can all get together, celebrate all family forms and simply have fun.”

This event was supported by Dublin City Council and DublinTown.

“Many people celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and of course these are important, but what’s different about Family Day is that it’s inclusive of all families. One Family has been working for equality for all families in Ireland since 1972. We founded Family Day, inspired by the UN International Day of Families on 15 May annually, so that all families whatever form they take have a day where they can celebrate. Family Day is for all children – whether living in a one-parent family; married family; with unmarried parents; with same-sex parents; a foster family; extended family or friends; or any of the myriad family forms in society – so they can know that their family is valued and included.”

Karen Kiernan, One Family CEO