Cruinniú na nÓg : A festival of ONLINE creativity for children and young people with Sligo Library

Cruinniú na nÓg at Sligo Library is moving online!

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg with some special guests, interactive events, plus opportunities for you to get involved and win some prizes.

Click here for more details on Cruinniú na nÓg nationwide

Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  (5th May 2020) announced details of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.  Full press release here; Minister Madigan launches Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people, Saturday 13th June 2020 | Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Announcing Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, Minister Madigan said: “Creativity and culture are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive and harness their innate curiosity. Creativity also helps to encourage social responsibility and personal qualities related to wellbeing such as resilience, empathy, and a capacity for connection and friendship. Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has been a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skills – and 2020 will be no different.”

In light of the public health restrictions currently in force, the Creative Ireland Programme and its partners have developed a number of creative, cultural and engaging “calls to action” which children, young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens on Saturday 13th June. Highlights will include:

Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses:


Let’s Go Fly a Kite – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to make and fly a kite for Cruinniú, in your county colours. On Saturday 13th June, in partnership with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, in your back yard or on your street, with your back to the wind slowly let your kite leave your hand and watch it majestically rise into the air.

Become a Young Story Keeper – To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg, Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting Words are inviting 7-12 year-olds to become Young Storykeepers! All you have to do is create a story inspired by lighthouses!
All our lighthouses brim with terrific tales, legends and lore about light keepers, shipwrecks, maritime life and much more. Today they play a vital role along with buoys and other aids to navigation in guiding the safe passage of ships. This is all managed and cared for by the Commissioners of Irish Lights:

Create a Video Game App – If you could click your fingers and create a video game app, what would it be? A racing game or a coin collector? A target game or a platform? The choice is endless and it’s time for you to decide. Let us know and together with Whizz Kids Training, via their ground-breaking Digital Skills Virtual Classroom, we will help bring young people into the world of software design in 4 easy tutorials. https://www.whizzkids.io/cruinniu-na-nog

Sligo Central Library: The First Word of the Decade 2020!

The Word returns to Sligo Central Library in 2020 on Wednesday 29th of January at 6.30pm.

Garrett Carr, author of The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border.

Garrett Carr is a writer and map-maker. He lives in Belfast and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University. His book The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border is a portrait of Ireland’s border, its people and culture. It is published by Faber & Faber.

Dr Marion Dowd, author of The Archaeology of Caves of Ireland.

Dr Marion Dowd is an archaeologist and lecturer at IT Sligo. Her research focusses primarily on how people have engaged with caves in Ireland over the past 12,500 years. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland, won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year 2016, and the Tratman Award 2015. Her work explores the interplay between folklore, landscape and archaeology. She is also interested in the changing biographies of monuments and artefacts.

The writers will read from their work followed by a Q& A and an open-mic session. Local writers are welcome to read at the open-mic which operates on a first come, first served basis. The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.

Decade of Centenaries : Martin Savage : The Story of a Young Man

Join us in The Oratory in Ballisodare as we commemorate Martin Savage on the centenary of his passing. The event will take place on Thursday, 5th of December at 6pm.

This commemoration evening will feature music and spoken word of the some of the best local artists and voices.

With special contributions from those who have been inspired by his legacy.

Admission is FREE with light refreshments on the evening.