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Thursday, 6th June 2019

Young people encouraged to get creative at Cruinniú na nÓg

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Storyteller Grainne Rafferty at last year's Cruinniú na nÓg at Mellifont Abbey.

Free Family Day Out for under 18’s as part of

Creative Ireland Programme initiative supported by Louth County Council and RTÉ

Calling on all children and young people to fire up their imaginations and participate in Cruinniú na nÓg at Mellifont Abbey between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday week,15th June 2019. 

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. Louth’s Cruinniú na nÓg is produced by Droichead Arts Centre and An Táin Arts Centre (members of the Creative Louth Culture Team) on behalf of Louth County Council and the Creative Louth Culture Team. The cooperation of the OPW is much appreciated. A free family day out celebrating young people and children, the event will combine music, storytelling, visual arts, craft and heritage, as well as a few surprises. 

The day will showcase some of the best of Louth’s cultural gems in the beautiful setting of Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. The ruins of the near-900 year-old Abbey are situated on the banks of the River Mattock, 10kms north-west of Drogheda. Atmospheric in their own right, the abbey’s ruins will play host to a wide variety of performers and artists, coming together to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity.

There will be treasure trails, storytellers and local craftspeople making and selling their Louth-inspired wares. The day will also see the return of Draw on LOUTH, facilitated by local artists, where children will get an opportunity to put their mark on LOUTH! (See below). 

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Highlights of Louth’s Cruinniú na nÓg at Mellifont Abbey include:

  • A musical programme of reels, jigs, slides, hornpipes, polkas, marches and airs from the young players of Cúchulainn Celtic Strings
  • “Horrible Histories” tours of the site with renowned archaeologist Dr. Geraldine Stout
  • Dundalk Youth Theatre, MAD Youth Theatre, and Droichead Youth Theatre will create a myriad of characters that have a connection to this historic site
  • Storytelling to entertain all ages with Grainne Rafferty
  • Creative Spark pop up print shop, where you can create your own miniature prints
  • Bring home your own Cruinniú na nÓg tote bag
  • Traditional Games, 15th Century style
  • Draw on LOUTH
  • Ardee Archers
  • Treasure Trails
  • A Mellifont Market
  • Louth Libraries

Please note parking is restricted, there is no parking onsite. Free buses will be provided from various areas around Louth. For more information visit,, or call 041 98 33946. 

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.” 

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. 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." 

Cruinniú na nÓg, an initiative of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of Creative Ireland, is a national day of creativity for children and young people.


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