Building Communities with Cairn Homes

October 2023
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Jamie Thompson, 2nd class student at Divine Mercy Junior National School Balgaddy, at the launch of Building Communities 2023 with Cairn Homes
Jamie Thompson, 2nd class student at Divine Mercy Junior National School Balgaddy, at the launch of Building Communities 2023 with Cairn Homes. Credit: Julien Behal

Early in October, we visited Divine Mercy Junior National School with the team from Cairn Homes to launch the Building Communities reading guide.

Inspired by Cairn’s Seven Mills, the largest residential development in Ireland – a new town in Dublin 22 which, when complete, will be home to over 15,000 people.  

With the construction of Seven Mills underway, Cairn and Children’s Books Ireland have collaborated on a reading guide of thirty-two titles aimed at engaging young people as the project unfolds and becomes part of their future. 

Brian Heverin, Project Director at Cairn Homes and Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland, celebrate the launch of Building Communities 2023 with the second class pupils of Divine Mercy Junior National School (L-R: Emilia Costovici, Emma Bogdan, Jamie Thompson and Aaron Berger)
Brian Heverin, Project Director at Cairn Homes and Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland, celebrate the launch of Building Communities 2023 with the second class pupils of Divine Mercy Junior National School. Credit: Julien Behal

Cairn will be gifting hundreds of books from the reading list to 6 primary schools in the surrounding communities to Seven Mills. 

The donated books feature stories of construction, innovation and environmentalism, aiming to inspire ideas for caring for our planet, homes, places and communities.  In addition to the books, each school will receive copies of the Building Communities reading guide, helping teachers and pupils explore the titles and topics featured.

Participating schools

  • Divine Mercy Junior National School
  • Our Lady Queen of Apostles
  • Neillstown National School
  • Scoil Nano Nagle
  • Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Eoin
  • Scoil Naomh Seomamh
Helen Quinn, Marketing Executive at Cairn Homes and illustrator Ashwin Chacko engage with second class pupils during a Monster Doodle at Divine Mercy Junior National School
Artist Ashwin Chacko and Helen Quinn, Marketing Executive at Cairn Homes, engage with second class pupils during a Monster Doodle at Divine Mercy Junior National School. Credit: Julien Behal

To celebrate the launch of this partnership, artist Ashwin Chacko held a creative workshop in Divine Mercy Junior National School, Clondalkin.

Aided by volunteers from Cairn and Children’s Books Ireland, Ashwin held a Monster Doodle with second-class pupils, drawing homes of all shapes and sizes on a giant, shared canvas.