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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is committed to reaching as much of our community as possible. We have been reaching out across all our networks to establish Community Well-Being Initiatives and suppports for all our residents to build their physical and mental wellbeing. Below you will find a regularly updated list of all these initiatives and supports we have put in place for our residents to utilise. We hope you are all staying safe during this challenging time.

Biodiversity Initiatives

Our bioviersity team has put together a booklet focusing on the huge array of biodiversity we have all across the county, and it is available for everyone to read online at the following link:



Parks Initiatives

Starting May 6th, following the change in Government restrictions, and the announcement to reopen dlr parks to the elderly and vulnerable who were cocooning, limited car parking facilities will be made available for emerging cocooners from 1:30pm to 3:30pm daily at the following locations:

  • Marlay Park (Grange Road)
  • Cabinteely Park
  • Killiney Hill
  • Kilbogget Park
  • Shanganagh Park

To allow for proper physical distancing, we would ask other citizens not to use our parks during these times. The above car parks will be managed by dlr staff and are only for those who were previously cocooning.


Environmental Initiatives

The Council published a new electronic guide to local wildflowers on April 2nd. This guide was designed to be viewed on a phone as a mobile guide for people walking within 2km or in their gardens. The wildflower guide can be accessed here

We have also shared an electronic version of our composting guide to assist individuals to manage their food and green waste at home. The guide to composting at home can now be found here

We also published a Creative Projects at Home booklet on March 31st. This book was written and designed by Council staff to offer ideas, activities and projects that re-use materials commonly found in the home and garden. The Creative Projects at Home booklet book can be accessed here


Sports Initiatives

“Let’s Stay Active Together” Challenges

To help you stay active at home and with your siblings, dlr Sports Partnership have created 4 fantastic activity challenges to suit all ages and abilities! See the website here to get information on these and how to get involved. These include:

  • The Grandparents Challenge
  • The Scrambled Leg Challenge
  • The Fighting Fit Challenge
  • Move to the Rhythm Dance Challenge

Check here for more details:

Online Video Activities

The dlr Sports Partnership team realises that it is difficult to remain motivated and active at home during these unprecedented times. They have created lots of videos for their YouTube channel, which is updated regularly. Their content focuses on different ages, activities, abilities and specific sports. Check out their YouTube channel


CouchTo2K Programme

Taking up jogging can seem like a daunting prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. The dlr Sports Partnership team will help you work towards moving from walking to jogging your 2 kilometres in just 4 weeks. Find out more here

Young People Initiatives


dlr Youth Film at Home

dlr Arts office, in consultation with local youth service providers Crosscare, are devising online creative supports that young people can use to create shorts, video diaries and photographs while restrictions are in place. In addition, short films created by young people in the youth services will be showcased online as 'sofa cinema' slots.

dlr Comhairle na n’Og

Engage with the young people’s Council on their website and view some fo the content they produce our younger consituents. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Comhairle na nÓg are working on two key topics in 2020:

1. No to Peer Pressure – continued from 2019
2. Climate Change

Please also see booklet on top tips for positive mental health for young people.

Music Initiatives

Ukulele Licence

Ukulele Licence is an initiative to give people free access to quality music education for any age group. Music Generation dlr funded the series of 8 modules and 40 tutorial videos that was designed by Local Music Education Partner RockJam. The initiative appeared on RTÉ Drive Time radio programme, We Are Irish website, The Journal of Music, and the Irish Examiner.

These videos can be accessed on the Ukulele Licence YouTube channel

Arts Initiatives

Artwork Gifts

Commissioned by dlr Arts Office, various artists from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown have been busy creating and designing works which are being gifted to members of the local community who are cocooning or self-isolating. Paintings, drawings, photographs and limited-edition prints are being lovingly created by artists at home in order to make a treasured gift. These works are then being delivered to the local community as part of the book drop service provided by the teams at dlr Community Call and dlr Libraries.

If you need some books to read while cocooning, contact our Community Call helpline on 01 271 3199 or email covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie.

Graphic Studio Dublin's 60th Anniversary

Graphic Studio Dublin's 60th anniversary exhibition has been moved to an online exhibition and features the dlr artists who were due to exhibit in the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon. The online exhibition can be accessed on the Arts Office website here

Artworks from the County Collection

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is home to an impressive collection of artworks. The collection includes artists of significant historical importance as well as contemporary artists of local, national and international interest. The Collection includes work purchased from local artists and those involved in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Programme. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to showcase some of the wealth of artistic talent in the County Collection. You can view some of the artwork from the collection here.

Our Colours: artworks from dlr County Collection

The Our Colours exhibition in dlr Municipal Gallery featured a range of diverse work from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Collection and included several recent acquisitions. This was the first time that these artworks from the dlr County Collection had been exhibited together.

You can view the exhibition here.

Musician in Residence

Dave Flynn has started his DLR Residency, as the first of three Musicians-in-Residence for 2020 in a scheme jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and managed by Music Network. Over the three-month Residency, which starts on 12 May 2020, audiences will be able to follow weekly video updates, insights, performances and interviews from Dave and his collaborators on DLR’s and Music Network’s website and social media channels. The Residency will culminate on Thursday 30 July at 7pm with the online premiere of the new work Dún Laoghaire Guitars created during the Residency.

You can view Dave Flynn's videos here.

Online Workshops and Tours

Online workshops are being created to explore simple printmaking techniques at home to keep everyone creative and learning new artistic skills.

Our Senior Parks Superintendent Ruairi O'Dulaing takes us a on tour of Fernhill Park and Gardens, explaining some of the history of the site and the flora and fauna you can see there. Head over to our Instagram IGTV to view Fernhill Diaries.

Heritage Initiatives

Our Heritage Programme runs throughout the year showcasing buildings such as Seapoint Martello Tower, James Joyce Tower, the Oratory, Maritime Museum, Dalkey Castle, and much more. Due to COVID-19 our current programme has been cancelled. We hope to be able to bring you our dlr Heritage tours as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we have created 3D virtual tours of two of our buildings.


Click here to tour Marlay House


Click here to tour Cabinteely House.


Libraries Initiatives

dlr Libraries Book Drop

Through the dlr Community Call initiative we are also delivering library material to those who are cocooning.  Cocooners can contact our Community Call helpline, Council staff will take details and a library staff member will then handle the referral, contacting the individual and organising library material for them. The staff member will have a chat about what they like to read, listen to or watch and we will endeavour to find some suitable items, and possibly a wildcard book too!

The selection of books and other items is then delivered out to the recipient along with a specially made small care package! Our care parcel includes some small items, including locally sourced soap, chocolate, some wildflower seeds and an art piece.
If you need a top-up selection of stock, you simply ring the Community Call number again and we will organise for additional material to go out to you. All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees, and access to the service is always FREE. Order your books now by calling 01 271 3199 or emailing covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie

dlr Libraries on Social Media

Our staff are doing an online Daily Storytime at 10.30am via Facebook Live; incorporating stories as Gaeilge each Thursday. All online storytime in April is under the Spring into Storytime umbrella theme.

Library staff are going live on Facebook every Wednesday at 11:30am for craft and book recommendation sessions.

Social media content for the dlr Libraries Instagram focuses around doodle of the day, shelf stories, craft content – relaxing and engaging content to help with the current situation.

Promotion of postcard collection and works is in progress and regularly showcased on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the dlr Libraries Social Media Channels while having a relaxing break in the garden if the weather is nice!

Music Recommendations

Renowned music lecturer Tim Thurston, a favourite with dlr Library members, provides talks on classical music twice a year at dlr LexIcon.  As a way to bring Tim's choices to a wider audience during the pandemic, Tim has been sharing with us his music choices in the hopes that music can provide some calming reassurance and will lift our spirits during this bizarre time. Tim's music choices for each week of April are are available here: 

Week 1: https://bit.ly/TimsMusic1

Week 2: https://bit.ly/TimsMusic2

Week 3: https://bit.ly/TimsMusic3

Week 4: https://bit.ly/TimsMusic4


PDF versions of various exhibitions that have features in dlr Lexicon have been made available to download for free on the Libraries website at the below link. Some of the exhibitions that have been made available include:

  • Digging up the Raj
  • The Pale Project
  • Bicentenary of Dún Laogahire Harbour
  • Jennifer Johnston at 90

Download the online exhibitions here

dlr Archivist in Residence David Gunning is completing an online exhibition using an innovative tool, Microsoft Sway to present an exhibition in a more engaging manner. This should be available over the coming weeks.

In partnership with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the exhibition on The History of Vaccinations in Ireland is now available online at  https://sway.office.com/glTw63oPZ4esAIV9?ref=Link This exhibition was due to be shown at dlr LexIcon as part of a major seminar event with the RCPI, UCD and dlr LexIcon. We are also helping to promote the forthcoming History of the Top Hat (Monkstown) exhibition with IADT. This will soon be available online.

Mags Harnett, artist and National Gallery guide gave a talk on Sr Concepta and the Oratory to the Friends of the National Gallery. We partnered with the preparation of this online talk which is now available on YouTube here

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2020

We were really disappointed to have to cancel this year's Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival in March. We did however manage to welcome one of our festival guests to Dún Laoghaire. Darina Allen joined us in the Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon for a talk with Sarah Maria Griffin (dlr Writer in Residence 2018/19). Darina and Sarah Maria discussed Darina’s long career as writer and educator in celebration of International Women's Day.

You can listen back to their conversation, along with other recordings of previous Mountains to Sea guests here

dlr Writer in Residence

dlr Writer in Residence, Sadhbh Devlin, has been writing, crafting and creating videos on our YouTube channel. One explains how to make a unicorn out of simple household items you will hopefully have to hand, one is a Word Bird creative writing and crafting video, and another video includes a talk on Irish family superstitions. They're great to keep the children busy and creative at home, and she is always working on more content. You can view her videos here

Sadhbh has also written an Irish language piece for Inis magazine about her experience of her time as dlr Writer in Residence. You can read it online here

Sadhbh also has an online exhibiton on the works of Eilís Dillon that is available to download on our dlr Libraries website here

Sadhbh has also created an Irish language activity sheet, in conjunction with illustrator Paddy Donnelly, which has been added to the excellent Imagine Nation activity booklet by Children's Books Ireland and An Post. The full activity booklet, including Sadhbh's work, is available here

Finally, because Sadhbh wasn't busy enough with everything else she does, Sadhbh has also been recently engaged by TG4 to be part of their Cúla4 ar Scoil teaching staff! Sadhbh will be creating lots more arts and craft projects to keep little ones busy and creative - and all as Gaeilge too! This will be a big help to Gaelscoil and Gaeltacht families and useful to help all children to keep up with their Irish.