Cruinniú na nÓg

A day of free creativity for children and young people

ABOUT: Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 and for the past number of years, including under exceptional circumstances in 2020, young people and families have come together to enjoy, a wide range of creative activities including workshops and tutorials to recitals and readings in every city, town and village across the country. Delivered in partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ, you are invited to participate in a programme of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, to coding and architecture workshops!

2023: A day of family and community outdoor fun and creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg 2023. We played street games, we talked and shared and pavement chalked. We set up tables for drawing, painting and making – what we wanted our museum to be – what in our locality inspired us! We made some fantastic models, using only found, borrowed, or recycled materials, LEGO, magnetic squares, and we drew on inspiration from a patchwork home-craft teenager’s skirt (Daisy, 1970s) in the museum’s collection, with our fantastic artist Jean. And we’ve also launched our young songwriters, music composers platform!

Take a look at what was created by children this year below, and in previous years ( from 2018 ) further below:


Inspired by our collections, designing

Imagining the museum, making with recycled materials, Lego…

Chalking, and playing

Inspired artistically by our location by the sea