Archive for 2016

‘A Hundred Years Ago’ Revival Success

throughout December 2016 in the OLV Studio, D8


Invited audiences watched many new participants take to the stage to perform  our acclaimed play A Hundred Years Ago.   Participants sang, danced and acted for this production.  The play explores the dramatic events that evolved through the autumn of 1913 when ordinary workers took a stand with Jim Larkin against the employers of Dublin city and the subsistence wages that held them in slavery.

RADE’s recent exhibition of Oak wood sculpture was also on display.  The carving by participants are reflections of their thoughts on 1916 to 2016.


Senator Lynn Ruane launches Drawn from Memory

A graphic novel by RADE participants, facilitated by Paddy Lynch


The comic novel contains stories from RADE’s graphic novel workshops in 2016. The launch coincided with the revival of A Hundred Years Ago, RADE’s acclaimed play surrounding the events of the 1913 Lock Out in Dublin. Senator Lynn Ruane attended the performance and provided words of enjoyment and support afterwards.

Read the full publication here.

‘1916 Kids’

was staged in the OLV Building in July 2016

Over 2 days participants presented ‘1916 Kids’ to a full house.  Participants spent the majority of 2015 researching the 1916 Rising.  The production involved performances from many newcomers.  Tommy KD opened the show with a rap about the Rising.

Watch a short video from production above.

Live performance of ‘Get Stoned’

on Grafton Street in June 2016 as part of the Decriminalising Drugs Campaign

This was RADE’s first live street theatre performance.  We were asked to partake in the awareness campaign by students from University College Dublin. 

RADE Art available on loan

to brighten up your world!


We are currently rotating our various art exhibitons throughout many projects in Dublin.  All you need is some exhibtion space and for a small fee we will supply, fit and rotate previous and current participants art creations.  Currently we are offering this service in Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Ana Liffey Project, Merchants Quay Ireland and Rialto Community Drug Team in St. Andrews.

Contact Eoghan on 01 4548733 for further details.

‘1916/2016’ art exhibition

in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral


took place from Monday 3rd Oct to Wednesday 19th Oct 2016.

The exhibition was themed on the aspiration contained within the 1916 Proclamation of “Cherishing all of the children of the nation equally…”.  The group discussed this aspiration and applied it to their lived experience. Following their discussion each member of the group designed a symbol of an important aspect to their lives. They then carved the symbols in oak.

The symbols covered areas such as Homelessness, Education, Poverty, Health Care and Justice.

European Best Practice

in outreach educational counselling and


low-threshold learning opportunities for disadvantaged learners profiled RADE among other European projects in a recent study.

‘Get Stoned’ staged in Croke Park

as part of the Drugs Awareness Conference


Annual Report 2016/2017

An exploration of a year of recovery, art, drama and education

RADE Annual Report 2016-2017

The annual report highlights the work undertaken by both the rehab and training team, creative departments and particpants in RADE. RADERS were busy celebrating our nation’s centenary throughout the year and presented their work in many formats, from a graphic novel to canvas paintings to sculptures to stage productions throughout the year.

President Michael D. Higgins Opens Documentary

at the Irish Film Institute


RADE patron and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins honoured us by officially launching the documentary RADE Rising and RADE’s comic book A RADE in Dublin on 19th April 2016.  This is the Presidents third visit to the project.  The event was attended by present and past participants as well as board members, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dhalaigh, poet Paula Meehan, Dublin Simon CEO Sam McGuinness and participants from many Dublin projects.