Family Day 2013 - Sunday, 19 May from 11.00am - 5.00pm at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens


The 2013 Family Day is here again. Family Day is a national day of celebration of the diversity of families in Ireland. It’s become a huge celebration with over 5,000 attending various events to mark the day last year.

According to Karen Kiernan, CEO of One Family: ''There's lots of great events happening this year - it's all free – and I’d love you and your family and friends to celebrate with us. Please share this with colleagues, friends and family''.

Join One Family ( for a day of free sports, entertainment, workshops, and other events for children and grown-ups - or simply to laze on the giant bean bags and enjoy a bite to eat and the atmosphere. It's a day to acknowledge the diversity of families in Ireland today, when all families are welcomed and included, no matter their shape or size. It's about inclusivity and fun on the day, and of course, to highlight the fact that the only family type recognised by our constitution is the 'traditional', married parents family and that this needs to be changed to provide for and include all of the family types in today's Ireland.

Family Day offers entertainment and fun for all ages. MC Al Kazam, magician extraordinaire, will enthrall all ages while overseeing the smooth running of the music and dance performances on the stage, and arts workshops from organisations including Fighting Words, Imaginosity and The Ark will intrigue young children and teenagers.

The FAI’s goal scoring challenge and a traditional sports arena will keep everyone on their toes as will Giant Games such as Jenga!

New events specially designed for Family Day in 2013 include a pop-up participatory installation by artist Michelle Browne in partnership with IMMA, which invites families to compete in a buggy assault course. Michelle is currently in residence at IMMA’s studios and this Family Day event comes from an ongoing research project with mothers who have young children, exploring how they experience and negotiate Dublin City with their buggies.

Also, there is a national art competition for children to draw their family for a €500 prize!  See details at

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