Revealing Grangegorman, A Celebratory Event Programme

Join us in Grangegorman for two days of fun!

Revealing Grangegorman is a jam packed two days of celebration and fun for all ages taking place in Grangegorman from 2-3 June 2023. The GDA, along with TU Dublin, HSE and Workday are hosting a series of free activities and welcome our community neighbours to take part in the fun with us. We’re excited to bring you our event programme below. It will continue to be updated until the event.  


Thursday 1st of June 2023

The Glass Garden: Book Launch

The Glass Garden by artist- in-residence Brian Cregan involved working with a group of children from the Grangegorman area during 2017- 2018. The artist established a partnership between the newly relocated TU Dublin Photography Department and local communities, Aosóg Child and Family Project, and Step-by-Step Child and Family Project. The children forming the participant group were between ages 8 and 12 and were all attending schools in the Smithfield and Stoneybatter areas.

The residency focused on identity, environment and a sense of place through the medium of photography, video and visual art. Inspired by ‘The Grangegorman Masterplan’ for development of the area, a range of creative activities were used to engage the children on their journey of discovery to ‘reach out’ and explore their local community in transition, through art making, learning new skills and gaining experiences in the city and beyond.

Some of these activities included gallery visits, artist talks, historical tours, photography workshops and photobook making. Two exhibitions, one as part of Culture Night, were held on the TU Dublin Grangegorman campus, where the children shared some of their experiences and artworks with family, friends and other members of their community.


Room EQ 116, East Quad, TU Dublin

Friday 2nd of June 2023

TU Dublin Events

TU Dublin Programme of Events



Revealing Grangegorman: Lives 2013-2023

 Public Talk

A conversation between building users, their architects and the Grangegorman master planners, John Mitchell and James Mary O’Connor. This public event brings together building users and their designers over a period of c.10 years at grangegorman. A collection of neighbours — new and old — from the HSE, TU Dublin and the Dublin 7 Educate Together National School sit to discuss collective life at Grangegorman; the successes, the misgivings, the opportunities yet to be realised and debate the remaining future of the site. It celebrates day-to-day life at Grangegorman against the backdrop its masterplan design principles — and sets out to engage all by listening, learning, and leveraging the value of lived experience as we approach the next 10 years of development. 

14:00 – 16:00

Ground Floor, Central Quad, TU Dublin

Book Tickets

Open House – Dublin 7 Educate Together NS


Join the Dublin 7 Educate Together NS in open house tours of their new school building, designed by the internationally acclaimed Grafton Architects. The new school opens its doors this week. Teachers and pupils will be on hand to welcome the community to view their new school and will guide visitors around the new spaces.

Image: © Aisling McCoy

16.30 – 17.30

Dublin 7 Educate Together National School, Grangegorman Upper

Book Tickets

North Circular

Outdoor film screening

This musical odyssey travels the length of Dublin’s North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, and explores the history, music and residents of this richly storied street.

18.00pm – 19.30

Outdoors, Grangegorman

Book Tickets

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

TU Dublin Events

TU Dublin Programme of Events



Family Fun Day

Community, Public

Free event

Fun for all ages! Includes Games, Tours, Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Food, Outdoor Cinema and MORE!


12.00 – 16.00 

Outdoors across campus


Kids Rides

Let the little ones ride on one of the vintage style funfair attractions that will be operating all day long, free of charge!


12.00 – 16.00

Outdoors, Near Park Shopping Centre Entrance

Grangegorman Alien Mystery – A Tech Based Treasure Hunt

This event is brought to you by STEM Ensemble TU Dublin. 

Something strange is going on in the Grangegorman campus! The birds have stopped singing. Strange lights appear in the sky late at night.

This calls for teams of puzzle-solving adventure-seekers to participate in Grangegorman Alien Mystery, a family-friendly technology-enabled “treasure hunt”. Explore the Grangergorman campus and search for evidence of alien activity. Put your puzzle-solving skills to the test as your family searches for clues about what is happening at our university.


12.00 – 14.00

Outdoors, Grangegorman Campus

Book Tickets

Quad Quest



Curious about the subjects that TU Dublin students study in the Grangegorman Campus? Come along to Quad Quest at the Central Quad, Grangegorman! Come along to Quad Quest at the Central Quad, Grangegorman, on 03 June to try out some of our subjects. Complete a series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths mini-challenges, including Robot Racing, virtual reality, fun with Chemistry, the “seven spells” Maths challenges and the Maths Maze. Challenges are suitable for all ages and are based on the subjects that students learn about on the Grangegorman campus.


12.00 – 16.00

TU Dublin Central Quad, Grangegorman Campus

Book Tickets 

STEM – Creating a community engaged TU Dublin: Access and Outreach in the Grangegorman Community

Access and outreach are a suite of activities related to breaking down the barriers between higher education and communities, which are historically underserved by it. Close cooperation with targeted schools at primary and post primary and community groups are a hallmark of this activity as well as maintaining expert levels of understanding and context specific knowledge to be able to assist students from under-represented backgrounds access TU Dublin and thrive when they are undertaking their studies here.

TU Dublin, through access and outreach has a long tradition of working with disadvantaged communities and over 25 years of experience supporting DEIS schools*. During this time TU Dublin has supported DEIS schools through several programmes including, but not limited to:

  • CLiC News,
  • Switch ON STEM, Switch on Apprenticeship
  • Junior Cycle Workshop & Wellbeing Programme
  • TY Skills Challenge
  • Primary STEM – Try Five Project.
  • Access entry routes, and information sessions.
  • University taster workshops

The exhibition will showcase the outreach work done by Access and Outreach as well as provide some practical activities similar to those included in our workshops for anybody attending the Revealing Grangegorman event.


Central Quad Ground Floor Atrium/Wall space. Together with Quad Quest

Masamba Samba Drums Workshop


Samba is one of the most accessible musical art forms available to all ages. It’s fun and easy to understand, and it’s a great gateway to music for children. In just a half hour, the whole group will be playing with confidence as a samba band.


12.00 – 16.00 

Outdoors, Grangegorman Campus


Marcin’s Monkeys

Kids Fitness

Marcin’s Monkeys Fitness Brand is a revolutionary way of working out. By combining the outdoors with exercises, you get to grow learn and move all at once.

12.00 – 16.00 

Outdoors, Near An Croí

Chess Master Challenge


Watch as Ireland’s chess master Alexander Baburin takes on several games at once!

12.00 – 16.00

Outdoors, Event Picnic Area

ReCreate – Curious Classroom



  • 12pm – 1pm

Den Building: Build your own educational learning space using large reuse materials Learn about what materials you could use, learn the art of assemble/dismantle and other sustainable engineering techniques.

  • 1pm – 2pm

MineCraft: Gamify learning and sustainability through a hands-on Minecraft maker session. Taking inspiration from Minecraft, we’ll build a Grangegorman world. We’re taking this session off line; children and families will physically build the world and characters from recycled boxes and salvaged materials from ReCreate taking the campus as inspiration.

  • 2pm – 3pm

The Imagine If…. Department: Working with a Drama Facilitator, this will be an imagination and storytelling workshop using a variety of random and playful props from ReCreate (large ‘stop’ signs, bike wheels, plastic lampshades etc). Using a loose parts play approach, children and families will be invited to ‘Dream your 2030 world where the world is bloomin’ green and everyone is happy and healthy’

  • 3pm – 4pm

ToysRUs: Imagine if Smiths Toys closed forever or Penny’s never existed. Imagine if you could never buy another plastic toy again. Well what would you do? Join ReCreate’s design team and work with us to create a new large outdoor sustainable game that we will include in our festival events over the summer. Learn how to be a creative designer, thinking on your feet, co-creating, building and playing…

12.00 – 16.00

Outdoors, Near Event Stage Area

Sports Activities



TU Dublin Sport host a series of fun and fitness activities across the playing fields. Highlights include Community GO Games Blitz, HIIT session and Les Mills Body Balance class to test your skills and fitness levels!

Les Mills Body Balance

 Ideal for anyone and everyone, BODYBALANCE™ is a new-generation yoga class that will improve your mind, your body and your life. 

 Stretch through a series of simple yoga moves, elements of Tai Chi and Pilates while an inspiring soundtrack plays in the background. Breathing control is a part of all the exercises, and instructors will always provide options for those just getting started. 

Suitable for all Fitness Levels, feel free to bring along your own fitness mat.


Book Here


No equipment, just you and the music! 

Hight Intensity Interval Training. It incorporates several rounds that alternate between several minutes of high-intensity movements to significantly increase the heart rate, followed by short periods of lower-intensity movements. The movements can be taloired for each person fitness levels.  

Everyone is welcome!  


Book Here

Sports Fields

Chime In and Play


Get musical with the whole family through instruments, song, dance, games and more, while building a solid foundation of musical skills for everyone!

12.00 – 16.00

Outdoors, Event Picnic Area

Historical Site Tours

Grangegorman Histories

Join Grangegorman Histories and local historian Ciaran Wallace for a guided history walking tour of the Grangegorman site.
In the past 250 years, Grangegorman, on the northside of Dublin city centre, has been the site of a workhouse, a hospital, a prison and it is now integrating back into the city as a health and education campus for the HSE, TU Dublin and the local community. The historical buildings of Grangegorman stand as architectural monuments to its past and complex history. In this guided tour, we will explore the histories between the eleven protected structures and share some of those histories.
Over the course of the afternoon, there will be two guided tours starting from the concourse outside the East Quad, each lasting c.60 minutes
There are a limited number of places available and registration is essential.

Tour 1 – 12.30-13.30 Book Tickets

Tour 2 – 14.30-15.30 Book Tickets

Meeting Point: Grangegorman Lower


Úlla Orchard – The First Gathering


Come join the First Úlla Orchard Gathering to welcome the trees and all they bring to our community. Úlla Orchard has grown out of Seed STUDIO; Placemaking,  a collaborative project by Clodagh Emoe with D7ETNS that explores and encourages children to imagine a place where human and non-human communities can coexist mindfully. Úlla Orchard was planted in Spring 2023 by the children and staff of D7ETNS. This gathering will begin with a short welcome speech by Gosia Kudyba, GGDA’s Sustainability Coordinator.


Úlla Orchard, by the Lower House

Please Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic. Chill and let the kids play

Grangegorman Histories: People, Places, Practices

Public History Talk

Dr Philip Cohen, Chair of the Grangegorman Histories Working Group will give an overview of the last 250 years of the Grangegorman site, followed by an introduction to the project that is helping to reveal this history.

Grangegorman Histories is a public history project of Dublin City Council, Grangegorman Development Agency, HSE, Local Communities, National Archives, Royal Irish Academy and TU Dublin. Find out more at

There are a limited number of places available and registration is essential.


EQ002, East Quad

Book Tickets

A Brief History of the Dublin Metropolitan Cattle Market

Public History Talk


Dublin City Council Historian in Residence for Dublin Central, Dr Mary Muldowney, is working with Dr Declan O’Brien on a history of the Dublin Cattle Market. The Market was a significant element of the area in the hinterland of Grangegorman from 1863 when it opened first to 1973 when it was closed down. This talk will include extracts from oral history interviews with a range of people who shared their memories of working in the Market as well as information about the local and national importance of this very rural enterprise in its busy urban setting. Representing different facets of the life of the Market, the contributors came from various parts of the city and country and shed a fascinating light on what was once such an important workplace. 


EQ002, East Quad

Book Tickets

Live Choir


Check out our programme of talented live choirs throughout the day on the stage on the plot of the future TU Dublin West Quad.


  • 12pm – 1pm               Forever Young Choir
  • 1pm – 2pm                  Virginia Gospel Choir
  • 2pm – 3pm                  Forget-Me-Nots Choir
  • 3pm – 4pm                  Sea Sharps Barbershop Choir

12.00 – 14.00

Outdoors, near Park Shopping Centre Entrance

Art Competition

Arts and Crafts


Revealing Grangegorman is inviting children of all ages to tap into their creativity and submit a special poster, showing how important community spirit is. The winning entry will receive a fantastic prize of day tickets for them and their family to visit Dublin Zoo!

12.00 – 16.00

Outdoors, Event Picnic Area

Toots Road Train

Family fun

All aboard the road train! This hop-on/hop-off service will run throughout the family fun day, bringing families to and from the heart of the festivities.

12.00 – 16.00

Starts at Broadstone and stops by funfair and stage area

Face Painting and Circus Entertainment

Family fun/Arts/Performance

Get your face painted by one of our talented artists, and watch circus performers across the campus as you enjoy the day with the whole family!

12.00 – 16.00

Event Picnic Area

Sensory Bus

This fully accessible mobile sensory space on wheels boasts a ball pool which is lit from underneath to create an underwater feeling. There are fish projected onto the walls, a vibrating seating nook with waterfall UV lights, lit infinity mirrors, a floor that lights up when stepped on and a sound system that plays relaxing music.

12.00 – 16.00

An Croí

Family Film Surprise

Outdoor Film Screening: Family Film

Get the whole family together and join us at our outdoor cinema for a movie suitable for all ages! 

Free popcorn and candy floss will be provided.

BYOS – Bring your own seat.

Book Tickets

17.30 – 19.30

Outdoors, behind St Laurence’s Church


Food Traders

Dae Vegan Ice Cream Stand

Grab a delicious ice cream sandwich or scoop from the locally produced Dae Ice cream!


Beanery Vintage Coffee Van


Beanery is the most wonderful little barista van that you ever will see. It is French, it is vintage, it’s quirky, it’s creative, it’s fun and it will be serving up delicious drinks and treats all day!


Burger Cartel

Dublin’s favourite food-truck will be serving up delicious juicy burgers and hand cut fries; perfect for a summers day!



Chocolatey Clare

Clare will be on-hand selling her delicious hand-made Irish chocolates throughout the day. Treat yourself!




Woof Stuff

Low fat Dog Treats, Personalized Dog Bandanas and Pet Fashion, made by an award winning Irish company. Don’t forget about your four legged friends!