Growing a Future there's only so much time

GROWING A FUTURE,  is year-long participatory arts project that will grow a Living Willow Giantess called the Cailleach, a Celtic female ancestor divinity associated with landscape and weather.

The growing Cailleach will form the focus of a programme of events and engagements with the public to explore and demonstrate how responding creatively to the climate emergency and care for the environment can be nurtured at a local level.

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A team of artists and environmentalists from Tallaght Community Arts  will work with community participants on the project to plant and grow the Cailleach in a specially created ‘wild meadow’ next to the walled garden at the OPW/Pearse Museum, St Endas Park Rathfarnham.

We will be holding regular weekly sessions with participants and other park users bringing people together in constructive conversations, new relationships and networks as we grow the giant figure.

Public events will coincide with marking the four seasons. These will include music, debates, spoken word, a ‘dressing' of the Cailleach in August and a special performance in December 2022.  We believe that Growing a Future will inspire the wider public and demonstrate that the arts can be at the front of social, environmental and political change in Ireland.

What's New!

The hot weather and lots of watering has seen An Cailleach put on more growth and produce willow wands for weaving into the structure.

We began a series of Saturday Family Workshops - Things We Need To Talk About.  On Saturday 3 August we were joined by Environmentalist Dale Treadwell who took us on a whirlwind introduction to the biodiversity around the An Cailleach site.

On the last Saturday of the summer holidays we launched 'My Postcard to the Future', a 6 week project inviting park users and our workshop participants to write a message and post it.  The messages will be recorded and be used for a sound installation for An Cailleach in November.  Our site, bathed in autumn sun, was the backdrop for a photo shoot for local young musicians.

The interest and support of park users continues to delight us.  They regularly bring overseas visitors to see An Cailleach . Over the last weeks we've had visitors from Australia, USA,  Netherlands and today from Tibilisi, Georgia.  Conversations about climate change have gained an increased urgency against  the backdrop of the drought and forest fires this hot dry summer.  Three local children turned up on their own today to 'have a look before we go back to school on Monday'.

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How to get involved

If you would like to get involved as an individual, a family, friendship group, community group, youth group or school.

Contact Sharon Doyle at: 

M:  +353 (0)86 2706581   


We look forward to hearing from you and working to GROWING A FUTURE together! 

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Artist & activist

Siobhán Daffy

Siobhán is an author, poet and natural health practitioner based in the Dublin Mountains. Her work is rooted in written and spoken word, informed by a strong sense of social justice and a dynamic relationship with her audience. As a creative artist, mother and community member, she is deeply invested in a sustainable future.

In her younger years, she was part of an environmental campaign protesting the logging of old growth forest in South Western Australia. There, she was introduced to and later facilitated ‘The Work that Reconnects,’ helping people discover and experience their innate connections with each other and the self-healing powers of the web of life. Observing the progression of the climate crisis, she wonders how we can continue to engage meaningfully on a practical and emotional level.

As part of Our World, Our Voices, Siobhán will be engaging with women from the local community and listening to their voices, their experiences, hopes and fears at this time. By deeply reconnecting with nature and one another, she hopes we can find ways to nourish and ground ourselves in this uncertain world, to articulate our needs and envision a future for the generations to come.

"If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being."  Joanna Macy

Getting Involved: If you would like to participate in this project or simply to connect and discover more, Siobhán can be contacted at or by visiting or on social media @siobhandaffy

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Project Team

Sharon Doyle,  Tony Fegan,  Tadashi Kato,  Brandon Finnegan,  Cian Laffey,  Eilya Lavine,  Gary O'Connor,  Martin Dunne, Andrew Siddall


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Jacqueline Carr,  Phillipa Carr,  Caragh Coote,  Frances Fitzgerald,  Clare Hamilton,  Katie Hamilton,  John Kilbert,  Mark McCrystal,  Rosanna McCrystal,  Stella McCrystal,  Marion Kelly,  Reg Miller,  Margaret Morrisey Richardson,  Bernie Roche,   Phil Timmins


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Siobhán Daffy


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Annette Barnaville (fink),  David Barnaville (fink),  Jonathan Stokes

Thanks to all the Staff at the Pearse Museum for their ongoing support.

GROWING A FUTURE is produced by Tallaght Community Arts in partnership with OPW/Pearse Museum, Alternative Entertainments, South Dublin County Council.  We thank the Local Live Performers Support Scheme (LLPSS) for their support for the 21 December Winter Solstice Event

GROWING A FUTURE is financially supported by a Climate Action Award from South Dublin Council Environmental Awareness Office 

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