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Cruinnú na nÓg is back with a fun-packed programme of arts for young people


Music Generation Louth will be playing live at The Market Square on Saturday for Cruinnú na nÓg

Music Generation Louth will be playing live at The Market Square on Saturday for Cruinnú na nÓg

Music Generation Louth will be playing live at The Market Square on Saturday for Cruinnú na nÓg


After a gap of two years due the pandemic, Cruinnú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free arts events for children and young people, is back bigger and better than ever.

This year sees the welcome return of live events, with a fantastic programme fantastic events organised by Creative Ireland Louth and Louth County Council.

"Obviously it’s a big thing for us to be back in person this year,” said Moya Hodgers, acting arts officer.

"We are holding events across the county in Caringford, Dundalk, Ardee and Drogheda, with live events on the day.”

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"It’s the biggest programme we’ve ever delivered for Cruinnú na nÓg and that’s because we were given additional funding which has allowed us to run workshops over the past few weeks in the run-up to the day itself.”

Previously, Cruinnú na nÓg in Louth had been marked with one big event in Mellifont but Moya said that while they did consider doing that, they decided to hold events throughout the county in order to reach as many people as possible as they realised that not everyone would have access to transport if it was just in one location.

"This means that there is something close to everyone, no matter where they live in the county, so they can go along and take part in the day."

"We’re very excited that we’re going to have live music at the Market Square in Dundalk with the talented young musicians from Music Generation Louth.”

Children will get the opportunity to explore their creativity when Creative Spark and AAEX will deliver a series of workshops in the wonderful setting of the beautifully-restored medieval church, Carlingford Heritage Centre.

Artists Aileen, Michael, Gráinne and Sarah will lead the series of fun, creative workshops including screen printing, origami and collage inspired by Carlingford and its fascinating heritage and unique charm.

Suitable for children and young people ages 4+, the workshops take place from 2pm to 4pm.

Workshops are also taking place in An Tain from 10am onwards, including learning how to make a story through words and drawing with Tara Tine, pottery with Etaoin Reilly, dance for musical theatre with Johnny Duffy and youth theatre with Dundalk’s own MAD Yourth Theatre. Some workshops are already booked out so make sure you book a place as soon as possible.

Events in Drogheda include story-telling with Grainne Rafferty in Barlow House, an art workshop with Kelly Kierans from GingerNut in Droichead Arts Centre, a drama workshop with Droichead Youth Theatre in The Barbican Theatre, and a craft-making workshop with Olga Duca on making the traditional Ukrainian dolls known as Berehynias.

In the run-up to the day itself, workshops in everything from rock music to art for toddlers were throughout Louth, and the work created in the workshops will also be showcased on Saturday.

For full details and booking for all events log onto www.cruinninu.creativeireland.gov.ie