Cruinniú na nÓg ‘live’ and ‘in person’ for 2022

By Dan Walsh

Wexford County Council and Creative Ireland have announced that ‘live’ and ‘in person’ events will be returning on Saturday June 11th. Cruinniú na nÓg has become a key date in the calendar for families, children and young people to unleash their creativity and this year will be no different.

Wexford County Council is pleased to be able to work together with Creative Ireland’s strategic partners to increase access to events on June 11th. These include a forest school at Kilmokea House, Pop-Up Dance workshops and performance in New Ross with 2 Many Dance Moves, introductory theatre workshops with Bare Cheek Theatre, Wexford and an online juggling project led by ISACS.

Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach, told; “Wexford County Council is delighted to partner with Creative Ireland to deliver creative and fun events for children of all ages in County Wexford for Cruinniú na nÓg. We relish the opportunity for our children and young people to come together once again in person to enjoy culture and creativity activity on June 11th.”

Some of our highlight events happening across the county on the day include Sounding Seams III: Sound Chimes Workshop with Music Generation Wexford and artist Laura Hyland. Laura will take young people on a journey exploring sound with chimes and everyday objects, from glass bottles and metal to wooden blocks and water. This event will take place in the wonderful surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park and is suitable for young people aged 10 – 18 years old. 

After its big success in last year’s programme, there is a welcome back the Tara Hill Art Trail designed by Gorey School of Art’s Paul Carter and Emma Roche. This self-guided family-friendly event explores the natural landscape of Tara Hill, known for walking trails that play host to a wide range of heritage sites, biodiversity and scenic views overlooking the Gorey district.

NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE, Wexford, will stage some events from Cruinniú na nÓg this summer. Search the programme of events.

Another programme highlight will be the family friendly growing and drawing workshops hosted by Blackbird Cultur-Lab, who will offer families a chance to engage with nature in a unique setting facilitated by Blackbird’s founder, Karla Sánchez and artist David Begley. There are many more free activities in the programme, including stop motion animation in the Gorey Library, musical discoveries at the National Opera House, a singing and ukulele workshop with Music Generation Wexford, historical fiction writing with Caroline Busher, opportunities to create costumes for a biodiversity parade with the Presentation Arts Centre or bring an instrument to the Seomra Traidisiúnta in Gorey and learn to record, light and edit your performance.

The event is jam packed with free activities for all the family. All event information and booking links are available on the national website:

Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is a collaboration between the The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ.

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