Hope It Rains

Le Déluge maker challenge and beach games

DATE 7 to 23 August 2020
LOCATION Galway City
CREDITS Artist Credits Peter Casby
WEBSITE www.hopeitrains.ie
Paul Kinsella

Everyone loves a good water fight…

Which is more satisfying –  the soaking or the getting soaked? The delivery of a deluge from a bucket full to the brim, or expertly executing a close-quarter splash to the face?

This is a two-part project. During August 2020, Hope It Rains invites children and parents to design and build their own weaponry of water war, and then join them to mark the end of summer with an epic water battle royale and games on the beach.


Follow artist Pete Casby’s online videos, where he teaches you how to make your own super soakers using waste and materials that are easily to hand. You can follow the instructions exactly, or use them as inspiration to manufacture your own hydro-ballistic weapon.

The idea is to repurpose waste and only use materials that are to-hand in order to make your water-war weaponry or machinery. You might have some old pipes lying around, a bicycle pump you don’t use or a bucket you can visualise as a yet-to-be-built hydro-ballistic weapon. How far can your invention project water, and how accurately? Remember, sustainability is key, so collect rain water whenever you can.

Share a video of your creation in use, tagging #LeDéluge2020 #HopeitRains2020 #Galway2020. We will comment on and reward the best efforts, and announce prize-winners regularly on FB/Instagram/Twitter.

On Sunday 23 August, we invite you to put your hydro-ballistic inventions through their paces in an epic beach challenge with the Captains of Coordinated Chaos.

Bring the designs you’ve already made with you. Or join Pete in an outdoor 1-hour maker session to build your own puddle sucker or water blaster. Book your social pod/bubble in as a team to undertake the challenge.

A willingness to get wet and a determination to get everyone else wetter are essential qualities for participation in Le Déluge. You have been warned!



DIY Challenge

Date: 07 August 2020  to 23 August 2020

Venue: Online and at home

Follow the instruction videos on www.hopeitrains.ie and  https://www.youtube.com/CiotogTV/Hopeitrains.

Upload a photo and video of your soaker in use, tagging #LeDéluge2020 #HopeitRains2020 #Galway2020

Prize-winners will be announced regularly on FB/Instagram/Twitter


Maker session and water-battle

Date: August 23

Time: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

Location: Galway City beach

Advance Booking only: full details on www.hopeitrains.ie