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Switching Off and Being Creative


Switching off and being creative or learning something new; getting back to nature and relaxation can help your mental health and wellbeing


Below is a list of Switching Off and Being Creative Initiatives:

dlr Libraries Book Drop Service & Online Clubs and Events

If you are vulnerable and elderly and need some books and library materials, the Library Team will organise this for you for free! Simply call the dlr Lexicon library directly at 01 280 1147  or email, or contact the dlr County Council Community Call helpline on 01 271 3199 or

dlr Libraries Online Book clubs and Events Calendar is available here

Library Initiative - Learn a new language or take an on online course

Upskill at dlrLibraries with the following online resources:

- For more information on learning a new language click here.

- For more information on taking an online course here.

Library Initiative – Relax, read, listen to podcasts or music

Available from dlr Libraries

- Online Podcasts here

- Online Music Streaming here

- E-books, audio-books and videos available here

- Newspapers available to download here

- Magazines on line here

Arts Initiative - 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.

Arts Initiative - 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.

Arts Initiative - 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

Arts Initiative - Unfolding Exhibition

UNFOLDING, curated by Angela O’Kelly, features the work of 9 Irish designer-makers and focuses on revealing the design and making process, representing a new approach to exhibiting contemporary craft. The designer-makers all have a connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County & supported by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). View the exhibition here

Arts Initiative - dlr Writer in Residence, Sara Keating producing literary events online

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce Sara Keating as the new writer in residence based in dlr LexIcon. Look out for her upcoming interviews with authors about places in the County. More information can be found here

dlr Musicians in Residence – Kevin Brady & Tommy Halferty Trio

Drummer and percussionist Kevin Brady and the other members of the Tommy Halferty Trio will explore and compose music influenced by Música instrumental Brasileira (Brazilian instrumental music). For more information see here

Music Generation DLR

Music activities for children and young people 0-18 years of age, click here for more information.

Ukulele Licence

An initiative giving free access to quality music education for any age group. Music Generation dlr funded the series of 8 modules and 40 tutorial videos, designed by Local Music Education Partner RockJam. These videos can be accessed on the Ukulele Licence YouTube channel

Holly House Art Project

With early years group with special needs & early intervention with teens (14-16 years of age). For more information see here

Loaded Dice

 A theatre group made of adults with intellectual disabilities, based in Dun Laoghaire. To watch some of their productions Click here for more information.

Senior Wellness and Activity Programme (SWAP) - Flower Arranging Programme

Series of adult education workshops to engage older people in creativity and provide an opportunity for them to engage socially to boost their mental health and wellbeing. It is also a great way to meet new friends and to continue to stay socially engaged during these challenging times.Contact: Southside Partnership – email:

Wildflower guide

A dlr environmental initiative designed for a phone as a mobile guide for people walking in DLR or in their gardens. The guide can be accessed here

Composting guide

A dlr environmental initiative to assist individuals to manage their food and green waste at home. The guide can be accessed here

Creative Projects at Home booklet

A booket put togther by dlr Environmental team offers ideas, activities and projects that re-use materials commonly found in the home and garden. The booklet book can be accessed here

Biodiversity booklet

A booklet put together by dlr biodiversity team focusing on the huge array of biodiversity we have all across the county. Read the booklet online here 

Heritage Initiative

We have created 3D virtual tours of four of our buildings. See below.

Click here to tour Marlay House

Click here to tour Cabinteely House.

Click here to tour of Maritime Museum 

Click here to tour of Dún Laoghaire Oratory

Tour of Fernhill Park and Gardens

Senior Parks Superintendent Ruairí Ó'Dúlaing takes us a on tour 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.

Dementia Inclusive Gallery Tours 

Explore and discuss a selection of artworks from our County Collection in these specially created online discussions that you can easily enjoy at home using a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer. Available here 

Púcas Wonder Puppets

If you live in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County and have a child of 6-9 years who is on the Autistic Spectrum or who has Aspergers and would like to meet and play with the Wonder Puppets online see here for booking details.

DLR Creativity in the Classroom 

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Creativity in the Classroom (DLRCIC) uses the model of practice and ethos of Creativity in the Classroom. The project uses visual art as a means of helping children develop their sense of self and provides them with time to explore their creative energy, time to experience the process of what it is to be. Further information here 

Artworks Home Poetry 

As part of the Artworks Home project Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council asked four local poets to write poems as a way of keeping in touch with people.  To read the poems click here 

Printmaking Technique Workshop  

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

dlr Social Prescribing Programme for Health & Wellbeing

Would you like to have support to improve your health and wellbeing? Would you like to try something new, access supports or connect with others? The Social Prescribing team can help. The team can talk to you about activities that interest you, or supports you may need and then they will assist you in availing of these.  Contact: Southside Partnership – email: or  087 356 3035 and see here

SWAP – Senior Wellness and Activity Programme  – Mindfulness Programme

Series of adult education workshops for older people to learn about mindfulness and how to use it as a skill to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It is also a great way to meet new friends and to continue to stay socially engaged during these challenging times. Contact: Southside Partnership – email: