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Cruinniú na nÓg

Thousands of young people and their families participated in over 500 workshops, webinars, classes and performances that took place all over Ireland on Saturday 13th June!

Cruinniu na nOg 2020

Cruinniu na nOg 2020

An astonishing 500 workshops, webinars, classes and performances took place all over Ireland on Saturday 13th June!

Collage of imagery from Cruinniu na nOg 2020

We couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the Creative Ireland Co-ordinators in local authorities around the country and support from RTE across all their channels, as well as a huge range of creative partners.

Collage of Images Cruinniu 2020

There was a wonderful variety to our creative challenges.

Here’s just a few:

Organising a céili in the kitchen

Organising a céili in the kitchen so the whole family can join in with Airc Damhsa.  Cruinniú went glocal with our embassy network organising céilis in North America and Asia.  We loved the one in Japan!

Organising a céili in the kitchen - Japan

Organising a céili in the kitchen – Japan


The Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting Words invited 7-12 year-olds to beome Young Storykeepers.  We were stunned to receive 1,256 stories, poems, illustrations, song lyrics and even stop-motion animations.  With so many entries, these wonderful works will be showcased in a multi-volume Young Storykeepers digital magazine over the coming months.

Volume 1 is here

Volume 2 is here

Build and fly your own kite

Kite Flying Cruinniu na nOg launch

Aoibheann O’Neill (12) and Josh McCabe (11) and Josepha Madigan TD at Marley Park. Photo Mark Stedman

There were also countless opportunities to be creative and learn something new.

‘Tunes from me gaff’ with the Irish Youth Music Awards

Cruinniu na nOg 2020

‘Tunes from me gaff’

‘Become a marine broadcaster’ with the National Aquarium Centre 

Singer song writing workshops in Leitrim


Resilient/Resilience, a large-scale street art project for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 under the guidance of street artist & illustrator Joe Caslin.

This project was broadcast on Cruinniú TV South Dublin: Create, Make, Participate.

The project explored and traced the positive idea of being, becoming and belonging to the theme of resilient/resilience. Young people from South Dublin created a large scale exhibition in Rua Red’s celebrated Gallery 1.

Their work will also be used to create a huge piece of street art which will, when circumstances allow, be installed on the outside wall of Rua Red visible to thousands of passers by. It will serve as a beacon of new possibility informed by a new resilient generation of young people as we emerge out of this dark era.

We asked young people to respond in the weeks leading up to Cruinniú and we are so proud of the work they did.

We commissioned Dance Ireland to make an original film ‘Dancing from a Distance’. With movement direction by choreographer Luke Murphy, an original score by Michael Fleming and in collaboration with Invisible Thread Films, Dancing by Distance features 35 young dancers across different locations and circumstances throughout Ireland. We think the final result is just beautiful with a really haunting quality.

Original film ‘Dancing from a Distance’

The children of Cappabue primary school in rural Co Cork are our Cruinniú Ambassadors this year. They composed and recorded their own rap We Create Magic with thanks to GMC Beats. Their words sum up best what Cruinniú means “It starts in heart. It moves to the head. As it grows in the soul, it flows to the pen.” We couldn’t have put it better!

Children of Cappabue primary school

My Creative Life Podcast & Radio Series

We’re delighted to present a brand new podcast and radio series celebrating creativity in young people across Ireland in partnership with Grey Heron Media and RTEJr Radio.  From music, circus, writing, to visual art, dance and acrobatics, they were recorded with young people during lockdown. All 7 episodes are now live at the link below. 


With thanks to the President, RTE and national media who gave us extensive coverage.


Folklorist Michael Fortune was commissioned to produce a work with young travellers by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Produced in conjunction with Southside Traveller Action Group the project explores the traveller Cant/Gammon language from the perspective of a child. The children share their words with Michael.

To visit the Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 website click Here

Here's a round up of some work created on the day

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