RADE MY MIND Booklet Launch

RADE MY MIND was launched on 5th July 2023. This book of RADE participant’s creative work in 2022 had been kept under wraps for at least a month until its official launch at the OLV Building, Dublin 8.

From the book’s introduction:

“2022 was another busy and creative year for RADE participants and staff. Capturing the creativity of participants’ work in a book only shows half the story but we hope you will get a sense of the energy and productivity amongst these pages”

We were delighted to be joined by many guests for this special occasion which was a celebration of talent and creativity. Participants put together a performance of readings taken from the book for a captivated audience who joined us in applauding the creative work that goes on at RADE. The readings ranged from witty and playful to serious and thought provoking. It was a beautiful but brief interlude in the regular week at RADE and we were grateful to all those who gave up their lunch hour to be with us. A lucky break in the rain meant we could linger outside after the event and enjoy refreshments together.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the occasion both creatively and behind the scenes and to everyone who came to give their support.

Thomas Pepper reads from his work
Performance from our recent play ‘Apartment Block C’
Interim Project Director Gill McCaw, TD Chris Andrews and RADE Chairperson
Dominique Tuohy

RADE’S accordion book project is finished

RADE’S accordion book project is finished! It was a lot of fun mark making and experimenting with materials!

Collage Workshop- ‘Inside Outside my Head’

Photos from the collage workshop ‘Inside Outside my Head’ with Dermot Byrne 2022

Billboard project 2022

RADERs are about to finish Billboard Project with the help of John Devoy and Dermot Byrne.

Comic Art Workshop 2022

RADERs are enjoying the Comic Art Project with Thomas McCarthy.


RELICS 2021 AD: A Ceramics Project by RADERS

Visual Art Project 2021- Wish You Were Here

RADERS worked with Sorsha Galvin who facilitated workshops to produce a series of collages using historical photograps from the Duchas Irish folklore archives and their original network.

The artwork produced by the participants was published in an e-Book via issuu.

RADERS are determined to heal and make positive changes in their lives using the creative arts.

RADERS- The Super-Powered Edition

A collection of comic stories from 2020

Participants worked with comic creator Elida Maiques who facilitated workshops to produce the graphic novel RADERS,The Super-Powered Edition.

RADERS are determined to heal and make positive changes in their lives. Click on the picture to see their work.

Graphic Novel- 2019

RADE is currently working with Elida Maiques, a cartoon artist, towards the production of a Graphic Novel. If things go as planned we hope to have the launch of the book in early March 2020.


Graphic Novel 2018

RADE is currently working with Elida Maiques, a cartoon artist, towards the production of a Graphic Novel. If things go as planned we hope to have the launch of the book in January 2019.

ART EXHIBITION – St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 20 March 2018

To mark the first years Anniversary at the loss of our dear friend and long-time art trainer, Eoghan O’Neill, we are sending this shout out to all ex-RADERs and all the services that have known Eoghan. St. Patrick’s Cathedral will host an exhibition of wood carvings from the RADE students going back to 2005. The exhibition of wood sculpture will run in the Cathedral for two weeks from 20th March.

Ex-RADERs get in touch as soon as possible if you have a sculpture at home you would like re-exhibit

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.

Light Source: Stained-Glass Exhibition

The stained-glass windows were installed permanently in the OLV building following the successful exhibition in The Atrium in October 2014
Light Source celebrated RADE’s 10th anniversary with a show that developed service-users’ visual-arts skills by learning the medieval craft of stained glass. Facilitated by stained-glass artist Peter Young, participants designed and built two large stained-glass windows which are now permanently installed in RADE’s premises, the OLV Building.

Before the installation, the windows were exhibited in their entirety in The Atrium, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, from 25th August to 5th September 2014. The exhibition also included artwork from participants. Dean Victor Stacey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral officially opened the exhibition.

Permanent Installation

Following the successful exhibition in The Atrium, the windows returned to the OLV Building and were installed in the main space downstairs. To mark the occasion, Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially unveiled the windows and praised the group’s work. These windows, which add a touch of colour and brightness to RADE’s home, are now the first thing participants, staff and visitors see on entering the premises.

NEAR FM Interviews

The ‘Reinterpreting 1913’ series


The series began broadcasting on Friday 24th January for three weeks. RADE artists and tutor Eoghan O’Neill featured in episode 1. The broadcast coincided with RADE’s painting and sculpture exhibition A Hundred Years Ago in the Atrium, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

You can listen to it on NearFM, which broadcasts across the North East of Dublin on 90.3FM. You can also stream it internationally live from

A Hundred Years Ago: The Art Exhibition

To coincide with the Lockout centenary celebrations participants create their own art pieces


The group’s exhibition of painting and wood carvings A Hundred Years Ago, based on the themes of the 1913 Lockout, were displayed in the Atrium, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, in August; The Axis Theatre in Ballymun; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The work is a rumination of the 1913 Lockout, told through the medium of painting and sculpture.

Participants exhibited their sculptures A Hundred Years Ago: A Reflection on the 1913 Lockout in Sculptures at Féile na Bealtaine in Dingle, Co. Kerry in May 2014. RADE artists worked with Eoghan O’Neill to produce these original pieces. All sculptures contain a hand, marking the Red Hand Badge of the Union which each member of the union wore proudly during the 1913 Lockout. Underneath the hands, participants have carved their own personalised pieces representing themes of the Lockout.

Check out the Irish Independent article on the exhibition:




Cutting D8 Exhibition

Our first year wood carving


The group began hand carving in December 2011. Their beautiful mastery, entitled Cutting D8, was displayed for all to see in The Atrium, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, in September, moving then to Smock Alley Theatre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Eoghan O’Neill, sculpture artist, trained the group in wood-carving. The inspiration for these pieces was the local area, Dublin 8.

Cllr Jim O’Callaghan officially opened the exhibition on Monday 17th September in Dublin City Council Civic Offices.


Pushing out the Boat Exhibition

Beautifully painted individual pieces of art


Pushing out the Boat, an exhibition of artwork by the participants under the guidance of artist Eoghan O’ Neill and John Devoy was officially opened by Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh in June 2011 at The Atrium, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Woodquay, D8.  The work remained on exhibition for 2 weeks.

The group worked tirelessly over the winter months to produce unique pieces of art that have allowed them to work collectively as a group and on their own.


Portraits Me I Exhibition

A 5 year Retrospective Art Exhibition


On 9th Sept Portraits Me I, our first ever Retrospective Art Exhibition showcasing artwork from the past 5 years was launched in the NCAD (National College of Art and Design).

This was our first time to display the artistic talents of the different groups that have been in RADE since the organisations first exhibition in 2005.  The exhibition coincided with the launch of Portraits  a collection of the groups creative writing stories, facilitated by poet, Paula Meehan along

Dublin 8 Art Exhibition

2008 art exhibition gave our local area a whole new look


The theme for 2008 was Dublin 8. Participants took to the streets to investigate the local area and find inspiration for their art and creative writing. The results were outstanding. Eoghan O’Neill and John Devoy worked with the group on their art, while Joe O’Donnell was the writer in residence.

Art exhibition & Tai Chi demo 2007

Annual Showcase 2007 in Project Art Centre

thai chi photo

The group exhibited their artwork and performed a Tai Chi demonstration for President Mary McAleese.  The art workshops were facilitated by Eoghan O’ Neill.  The group explored themes of the home which delivered a variety of colourful paintings.



Masks Exhibition 2006

Who is behind the Mask?


Working with poet Paula Meehan the group designed and made their own masks.  Ideas were developed in creative writing classes with the group incorporating the themes  from poems such as ‘kubla khan’ by Samuel T Coleridge.



Art Exhibition 2006

Mosaics on boards


Participants used RADE as their theme for these artistic boards focusing on tai chi, Dublin 8 area with it’s Vikings history and the projects creative activities.  Eoghan O’ Neill worked with the group to create these pieces.

Art Exhibition 2005

Annual Art Exhibition in Project


This was our first ever exhibition.  The theme was the self.