Cruinniú na nÓg 2021
On Saturday 12th June Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of creativity for children and young people, was celebrated in County Wexford. Hundreds of young people took part in the events led by artists, scientists, arts organisations and community groups in County Wexford, both in the lead up to the events and on the day itself, to celebrate creativity in all its forms.
This included a number of live Zoom events allowed young people to gather, learn and create, such as pre-school music workshops with the National Opera House led by tutors Síle Daly and Deirdre O’Leary, Willow lantern making with the talented artist Caoimhe Dunn and fashion illustration workshops with Mico Hassett.
Families also had the opportunity to take part in the architecture scavenger hunt in Enniscorthy and Wexford town by visiting the libraries or a pack could be downloaded via the Cruinniú na nÓg website. A series of architectural clues were scattered on the map waiting for people to find them.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Ger Carthy said “I would like to say a special thank you to all the young people who took part in Cruinniú na nÓg this year. The events of the day and the weeks leading into it proved that COVID is no barrier to the wonderful expression of creativity in this County.”
Creative Ireland Coordinator Eileen Morrissey thanked the many partner organisations that helped make Cruinniú na nÓg a success- Music Generation Wexford, Gorey School of Art, The National Opera House, Wexford Arts Centre and The Presentation Centre and to all the artists and creators who designed events for young people. Eileen praised the contribution of Tamara Gangnus who worked closely with all partners in coordinating this year’s Cruinniú programme.
Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 is a collaboration between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ.
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