Over 20 free creative activities for U18s in Carlow as part of Cruinniú na nÓg events

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There are over 20 free creative activities for under 18s as part of a Creative Ireland Programme initiative supported by Carlow County Council and RTÉ.

Chief executive of Carlow County Council, Kathleen Holohan, is calling on all children and young people to fire up their imaginations and take part in one of the free Cruinniú na nÓg events that will take place around the county on Saturday, June 15.

Now in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg celebrates and encourages participation by children and young people in creative activities in their local neighbourhoods and communities.  

Led by the local Creative Carlow Culture and Creativity Team, coordinated through the County Council Arts Office, with huge support from local artists, arts organisations, creative practitioners and community festivals, activities include everything from dance and music workshops in your local library to a Printmaking Workshop as part of the ‘Let Loose Festival’ on the Tullow Rd.

With a strong emphasis on participation, activities are specially designed to spark an interest and encourage the inner creative in children to try something new or fulfil a secret ambition!

Highlights of this Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow include:

The Big Dig comes to Carlow Town!
This workshop gives young people the chance to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house.
As they dig through the site, participants will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1,000 years. They will also learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors as history is brought to life by qualified archaeologists.

Take A Part Carlow will host a Children’s Festival inspired by the children and young people of the Tullow Road area of Carlow called the ‘Let Loose Festival’ which will take behind the Gaelscoil on the Tullow Rd from 1pm-5pm with Circus skills workshops, printmaking, concerts, face painting, drop-in badge-making, arts and crafts corner allowing young people the opportunity to get creative!

The Vault will host their own Game-Fest, an opportunity for young people to come together to celebrate the games and technology they love! Game-Fest will bring a ‘Comic-Con’ style event to Carlow, with a range of creative activities, including producing video game art, cosplay workshops and games tournaments. The event will include STEAM activities throughout and young people will learn many new and exciting skills such as how to use a 3D printer, how to build kit cars and building scribble bots to have robot battles.

For more details on any of the above and the Cruinniú na nÓg Carlow Programme contact Carlow Arts Office at or ‘Creative Ireland Carlow’ on Facebook.

Kathleen said: "Every young person across County Carlow has the right to create, engage with, enjoy and participate in all creative activities.  

"Public engagement through the arts, across our library services, museums and venues, with local agencies and communities of interest is key to building sustainable, happier and healthier communities.    

"Within the County Carlow Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 programme there is something there for everybody to enjoy that respects Carlow’s social and cultural traditions as well as provides multiple access points for the public to engage with the programme.

"We look forward to a successful Saturday in June and building on the success of last year we know that hundreds of young people across the county will get out with their families and guardians and have great fun!"

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD said: "Ireland is the only country in the world to have a dedicated day of free creativity for our children and young people.

"Although only in its second year, Cruinniú na nÓg has already grown in ambition and scale with almost double the number of free activities taking place across the length and breadth of the country this year.

"This unique and important  initiative helps us to deliver on our promise to enable the creative potential of every child and to give them the sense of accomplishment that comes with participating in a creative project that really triggers their imaginations."

Each of the activities and events have been carefully curated by our network of passionate and committed Culture and Creativity teams across the country.

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, added: "As a committed supporter of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, I am very proud of the pivotal role which my Department and the local authorities are taking in supporting the creativity and wellbeing of our youngest citizens.

"Through the passion, care and investment by our 31 Culture and Creativity Teams, creativity is transforming our communities and Cruinniú na nÓg has a vital role to play in advancing this development.

"I am particularly pleased that all Cruinniú na nÓg events are locally based and free so that as many children and young people as possible will have the opportunity to participate.

"I would encourage everyone to check out what is happening in your local area and to avail of the opportunity to make this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg the spark that ignites your child’s imagination and adventures in creativity."

Dee Forbes, Director-General, RTÉ, says: "Creativity and community are at the heart of RTÉ's new mission statement.  They are also core principles of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Cruinniú na nÓg, which makes this partnership especially important for us.

"Encouraging and supporting opportunities for children and young people to come together to experience and explore their creative potential is a brilliant initiative.

"The diversity of creative activities available from gaming to a starter course in stop-start animation to Japanese kite-making is part of what makes Cruinniú na nÓg so unique."

RTÉ supports over 130 arts and cultural events every year so recognizing and enabling artistic endeavor and creativity is something we take very seriously.

We look forward to sharing in the excitement and fun on Saturday June 15th when the next generation of Ireland’s future creatives take centre stage on this very special day."

Full event details for Cruinniú na nÓg are available at  

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