Young people throughout Co Wexford danced, sang, drummed, juggled and painted as part of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations. Ireland’s national day of creativity for children and young people, was celebrated right across Ireland with thousands of young people participating in-person and online.
In Wexford, children dove into the past with writer Caroline Busher, explored early year’s music at the National Opera House and launched an art installation in the ArtBank in Bunclody. The county’s libraries were bursting with creativity from the Big Dig workshop with the Irish School of Archaeology to workshops exploring imagination, animation, drumming and exploring the science of colour with CALMAST.
The rain held off and allowed young people to explore their surroundings with nature-themed events happening in parks, gardens and trails; Kilmokea House and Gardens hosted foraging workshops, The Blackbird Cultur-Lab explored growing and the magic of trees, a biodiversity parade in the Peace Park, Enniscorthy celebrated the local flora and fauna, and the Tara Hill Art Trails organised by Gorey School of Art engaged families with outdoor art activities.
Timed to coincide with this year’s event, the winners of the This is Art national competition were announced and included Wexford artist Sarah McLoughlin who took the top prize in the 16-18 year old category for her work 'Stuck in my room' which reflected her experience of lockdown.
'This piece is a reflection of my experience in lockdown and how your small bedroom becomes more than just a literal room but so much more,” said Sarah. “It’s a box that blooms creativity and bliss and made me realise that sometimes everything you need is right in front of you. Somewhere that you think of as a place to rest or study for school for me became a vessel for imagination. I took the picture to highlight the main parts of my room that are important to me but may seem insignificant to others.'