Host Of Events In Tralee And Around The County For Criunniú Na nÓg

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THERE’S just over a week to go until the annual Cruinniú na nÓg returns, with free events for young people taking place around the county and online on Saturday, June 11.

There is something for all ages and tastes in this year’s programme and some of the highlights include a circus show and workshop, a youth film programme and discussion panel, music workshops and performances, creative writing and poetry workshops, painting and pottery workshops, youth theatre workshops and in person and online exhibitions.

Earlier in the year, the Arts Office at Kerry County Council carried out an extensive consultation with young people of Kerry to see what they wanted to see in this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg- and that has informed this year’s programme.

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There are a number of events taking place in the Tralee area, including the following;

Ceardlan Na Gaeil

Taking place from 9.30am-11.30am at Na Gaeil Clubhouse, Oakpark, primary school and music teacher Aoife O’Donoghue will be holding a traditional Irish music workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years of age.

The workshop will focus on developing tin whistle skills, while also learning traditional Irish songs. Children must bring their own instrument on the day.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Booking: Tel. 086 194 2921

• ‘This is Me’ Art Project

Taking place at Kerry County Museum, This Is Me is an exciting, immersive art installation that captures the essence of an art workshop, created and curated by children.

It is the culmination of a year’s work by 23 young participants who are based at Johnston Marina Hotel in Tralee and Atlas House in Killarney.

Facilitated by David Fortune, artist-director of Me and The Moon, the show runs until June 28th at Kerry County Museum Tralee. On view in the Hunter Gatherers Room and the audio visual room in the Museum.

• Early Years Music Making with Jonathan!

Taking place at Shanakill Family Resource Centre, Tralee. In these workshops, babies and young children will have a unique opportunity to explore sound, music, songs and rhythms with an exciting range of unique and accessible musical instruments.

The workshops will be entertaining, engaging and educational for babies and small children and will be facilitated by Music Generation Kerry’s Early Years Music Practitioner Jonathan Healy.

It takes place from 10.30am-11.15pm & 11.30-12.15pm. Age: 0-4yrs Email:

• Hide & Seek: Finding the Writer in You!

Do you daydream at school, lose focus tidying your room… or get completely immersed in your favourite show? Then perhaps you are a writer!

Find out by joining Victoria Kennefick at Siamsa Tíre for a fun, surprising and engaging workshop of writing prompts that will inspire and send you home with your notebook full of ideas!

Workshop 1: Ages 10 – 13yrs 11.00am-1.00pm Workshop 2: Ages 14 – 18yrs 2.00pm-4.00pm. To book:

The brochure for all events for Kerry is available to download on:

“Another amazing programme this year for Cruinniú na nÓg, it’s great to see all these free events provided for the young people of Kerry” the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr. Jimmy Moloney said. “I’m sure it will be a fantastic day with great events and lots of fun.”

“We are delighted to be back to physical events after two years of digital programmes. It is a wonderful opportunity for children & young people of Kerry to experience something creative.” outlined Kate Kennelly, the Creative Ireland Co-ordinator and Arts Officer at Kerry County Council.

“Cruinniú na nÓg is a welcome addition to the arts calendar here in Kerry. This year’s programme delivers a varied, exciting range of activities and I would encourage young people and parents alike to enjoy the day and try something new,” says Moira Murrell CE, Kerry County Council. “Tabhair faoi rud nua agus bain sult as an lá!”

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