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Cork County Council has arranged a wide range of online activities for young people to engage in for this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg. Cruinniú na nÓg, part of the National Creative Ireland Programme, which takes place nationally on Saturday 13th June.

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is a collaboration betweenLocal Authorities, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Creative Ireland Programme, and RTÉ, and is part of the Government’s #InThisTogether campaign which is supporting everyone to stay connected, stay active and look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

Cork County Council hasdevised a number of different workshops and tutorials which are set to go live on 13th June to encourage young people to connect with culture and creativity, wherever they are in Cork County. Programmes available will include youthful mindfulness with Niamh Geoghegan, Storytelling with Paddy O’Brien, a poetry competition with Matthew Geden and making a stop motion animation piece with Jane Lee.

A number of productions being undertaken by Cork County Council for the day cater for young people of all ages including ‘Dream a Little Dream’ and ‘How to Make your own Personal Den’ with artists Avril O’Brien and Julie O’Hea respectively. There is also the opportunity to get creatively involved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a LEGO STEAMathon as well as finding ways of making musical instruments from everyday household objects with performer, composer and educationist Ruti Lachs.

For those with a love of literature and art, illustrator Fiona Boniwell will showcase opportunities on the day for making characters from a favourite story, designing a cover for a favourite book and digital art through the medium of sketchbook.

Cork County Council has also availed of the incredible creative resources of The West Cork Arts Centre who are supported by the Council through the creative Ireland Programme. The West Cork Arts Centre will host a number of events for young people, giving them the opportunity to take part in the Quarantíní Choir or develop talents as young bloggers. Details of the events at Uilinn West Cork Arts Centre can all be found by visiting

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle welcomed the initiatives saying:

“All of us are living through exceptional times which have changed the way we work, the way we socialise, the way we learn and the way we play. The young people of County Cork are brimming with curiosity and creativity. I am delighted to see so many innovative programmes available to them to develop their skills and interests and bring them together with the wider community of young people throughout the county and the country during this current situation”

Chief Executive Tim Lucey acknowledged the importance of the programme saying:

“Securing an excellent quality of life for the people of Cork County is central to the mission of Cork County Council and our support of the initiatives taken as part of Cruinniú na nÓg is a strong reflection of this. As we engage in Project ACT to lead the social and economic recovery of Cork County from the Covid 19 epidemic, Cruinniú na nÓg will play an important part of this by fostering the recovery of Cork’s outstanding cultural and educational capacities together with supporting the cultural work of future generations.”

Nationally, Cruinniú na nÓg initiatives will include many opportunities for young people to engage in culture and creativity on the day, from Céilí in the Kitchen (a collective call to action for young people to hold a Céilí in their Kitchen at home) to ‘Becoming a Story Keeper’ and indeed even ‘Creating a Video Game App’.

Details of initiatives from County Cork and nationwide are available to see on and For more information on Cork County Council led initiatives email [email protected], phone 021 4285905, or visit the Cork County Council website at

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