Sunshine promised for 2018’s Playday in Merrion Square Park

Dublin City Council with the support of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs will join the Ombudsman for Children‘s Office in celebrating 25 years of Ireland’s ratification of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by hosting a ‘Playday’ event this Sunday, 1st July 2018 from 1pm to 5pm.  Families can join in the FREE afternoon of fun and games in the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park.  

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Celebrating 25 Years of Article 31; the child’s right to play’ which  is focused on supporting play for children and young people from a ‘rights’ perspective.

Dublin’s newly elected Lord Mayor Nial Ring will drop by at 1.30 p.m. on the day as one of his first engagements in his term of office. According to the Lord Mayor “This year’s Playday supports the 25th anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, with particular attention to Article 31; the child’s right to play. Play is very important for all children, they need time and space to explore their own abilities, be active, creative and socialise with other children. Sunday’s event will kick-off the school summer holidays and provide the opportunity to enjoy a child-friendly and playful afternoon whilst celebrating this as a right for all children and young people living in and visiting Dublin city.” 

Debby Clarke, Play Development Officer with Dublin City Council says:  “This year’s National Playday event is focused on promoting awareness of Article 31 which places play as a ‘right’ for all children and young people. In order to exercise this right, access to indoor and more importantly outdoor play activities is vital in supporting children’s overall health and well being. Today’s event is aimed at encouraging and supporting all children and young people to enjoy their right to play. This builds on Dublin City Council’s plan to support play as an important element towards building communities and making Dublin a truly child friendly and playful city”.

Photographs will be circulated to picture desks by Fennell Photography on the day.