Mulhuddart Satellite is the working title of the work from my 3 years as artist in Residence at Draíocht, Dublin 15 (2017 to 2019) and relating to Mulhuddart, a community on the doorstep of Draíocht. It’s just past the half way mark now. As work is starting to be presented publicly I’ll post updates here. So for example the Mulhuddart Satellite exhibition opens in Draíocht at 12noon on November 17th and runs until February 23rd 2019 (there’s some more info below). I hope to see you on the day, or during the run of the show.

This project has been instigated by and is the result of a huge commitment by Draíocht. It’s an example of Draíocht’s local participation focus in its new 2018 to 2022 Strategy – ‘Space for the Arts’. It is also aims to highlight the community involvement central to the work of the Mulhuddart Priority Task Group and the work around the recently published Mulhuddart Strategic Development and Implementation Plan.

I make maps, all sorts of maps from different media. And the Mulhuddart Satellite project presents different ‘mappings’ of Mulhuddart through drawings, soundscape, audio recordings and radio broadcasts. This website is another.

This is a place to host information about Mulhuddart, a catch all to make it easier to find out about stuff. I’ll keep building the website as I get information from different organisations, groups, clubs, businesses and anyone who wants to highlight something in the area. It could easily have local listings, a calendar of events and times… I’m open to suggestions. Feel free to email me at, I’d be delighted to hear your suggestions and am always happy meet for a chat.

All the best,
Michael Mcloughlin Oct’18

mulhuddart satellite exhibition

Draíocht 17 November 2018 – 23 February 2019

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 several over centuries.

In the main 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.

Overall the exhibition explores place, belonging, friendships and the connections we have to the people around us. This sense of place is something we can’t take for granted and exhibitions like Mulhuddart Satellite can act as a gentle reminder of how our relationships with neighbours, friends and family define us and the place we live.

Throughout the exhibition there are opportunities to explore some of these themes through workshops, talks and screenings. Visit for more details.





HOMESPUN: Spoken word, video and sound by Transition Year Students from Blakestown Community School & Riversdale Community College in collaboration with poet Colm Keegan and Michael McLoughlin