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  • Northside West

Mulhuddart at Draíocht

Sunday, 2nd December, 2018 9:00am
Mulhuddart at Draíocht

Michael McLoughlin is at the mid-point of his three-year residency at Draíocht.

Mulhuddart at Draíocht

Michael McLoughlin is at the mid-point of his three-year residency at Draíocht.

A MAJOR exhibition reflecting the experience of people, groups, clubs and agencies in Mulhuddart has opened at Draíocht.

Mulhuddart Satellite by Michael McLoughlin features a number of mappings of Mulhuddart through drawings, soundscape, audio recordings and radio broadcasts.

McLoughlin is at the mid-point of a three-year residency at Draíocht and Mulhuddart Satellite and his longer-term relationship with Mulhuddart exemplifies Draíocht's local participation focus in its new 2018 to 2022 Strategy - ‘Space for the Arts'.

The exhibition highlights the community involvement central to the work of the Mulhuddart Priority Task Group and the recently published Mulhuddart Strategic Development and Implementation Plan.

With this exhibition, Draíocht aims to present visions of Mulhuddart as presented by clubs, community networks and groups of friends who help define this continually developing vibrant area. 

The role McLoughlin was asked to take on was that of ‘diviner’ (as coined by Sharon Murphy, Draíocht’s Curator in Residence), to spend time in Mulhuddart developing an understanding of the communities within it and in turn begin to suggest possible linkages between Draíocht, Mulhuddart residents and the participations that could build potential points of connection.

The Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition presents a number of ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart, each presented as an installation in the gallery, drawings or as public radio broadcasts.

One piece, for instance, consists of a bank of wall mounted loudspeaker cones and was made from McLoughlin’s door to door calls to every home in Mulhuddart, in an attempt to record the names of every resident.

Another draws on local archaeology and changes in what Mulhuddart is over several centuries.

In the Ground Floor Gallery an installation that takes the name of the exhibition ‘Mulhuddart Satellite’ features spatial recordings of conversations between community groups in Mulhuddart and is made from banks of speakers hanging from the gallery ceiling through which the audience negotiate their way through conversation, chat and stories.

As part of the Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition program, there is a series of events, workshops and screenings that you can find out more about in the Draíocht brochure, or on

They include an exhibition in Riverdale Community College made in collaboration with students from the school, screenings of filmed work by young people from the area and we will be collaborating with 92.5 Phoenix FM to broadcast live from Draíocht’s artist studio.

“Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us,” said a spokesperson from Draíocht.

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