Cruinniú na nÓg Celebration in Kerry


Cruinniú na nÓg is taking place all over Ireland on Saturday June 23rd next. As the national day of creativity for children and young people, the programme in Kerry looks set to enthuse new comers and creative enthusiasts alike!

The programme offers a fine selection of free events from 11.00 to 5.00pm in the towns of Listowel, Tralee and Killarney with events also taking place in Dingle, Sliabh Luachra, Milltown, Brosna, Cahirciveen, Killorglin, and Kenmare. Brochures and posters are being distributed across the county this week and the events are listed on with updates provided on Facebook and Twitter through @KerryCoArts and via @creativeirl #mycruinniu

Co-ordinated by the Arts Office at Kerry County Council with support from Creative Ireland, the day is set as an annual celebration nationally from this year onwards. “It is a great opportunity for our young people to get creative and meet new people. Communities and organisations across the county are set to take part and it is also a chance to connect and celebrate our individual creativity”, stated Kate Kennelly, the Creative Ireland Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council.

In Listowel a Fighting Words Creative Writing Workshop will take place at Seanchaí-Kerry Writers’ Museum alongside a giant balloon art sculpture. Balloon art workshops have been organised and a youth choral performance will take place at St. John’s. Theatre, music and film workshops will take place throughout the day at St. John’s and meanwhile there is plenty for young musicians at the Con Curtin Music Festival in and drumming
workshops will take place.

“There really is something for everyone and we encourage young people and families alike to get involved and take part in events which have been organised free to the public”, stated the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. John Sheahan. “We are delighted to see Creative Ireland reaching out to communities through the Cruinniú na nÓg festival and
delighted that our communities, our venues and our artists in Kerry will benefit from the national programme”.

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