Cruinniú na nÓg Cork City to host 22 events across 16 venues

Cork City Council in conjunction with Creative Ireland are delighted to present a packed programme of events for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday,15 June.

Crinniu na nOg 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg is a wonderful nationwide initiative that sparks children’s and young people’s enthusiasm for culture and creativity through child-focused free events including performances, theatre, art, readings, screenings and much more.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn said:  “Cork is embracing the day – now in its second year – with 22 activities across 16 venues with events that cover the whole city, ensuring that there is something for every child or young person whether they are a toddler or teen. Events across this one-day festival of imagination and creativity are designed for children aged 0 to 18. I encourage young people of all ages to get out and get involved and I also ask parents to get on board as motivators to action.”

Libraries across the city are hosting a range of exciting events with Cork City Library, Douglas, Bishopstown, Glanmire, Hollyhill, Ballincollig, and Blarney all joining in the action. Libraries will be transformed to venues for book cover design workshops, dance and movement with Deirdre Ryan, storytelling, theatre with the magical Broken Crow puppetry and will even help in finding your perfect book with the book doctors’ clinics.

With a wonderful performance in an unusual location; children will have the chance to experience the art of storytelling through puppetry in Elizabeth Fort, featuring puppetry television star Dominic Moore. Dominic was part of the original team that made the much loved Morbegs.

The Glucksman and Crawford Galleries are opening up their doors especially for young people with tours, drawing and architecture workshops, and storytelling amongst the sculptures with Ravnita Joyce from Fighting Words. The Atrium in Cork City Hall will be hosting drawing and printmaking workshop for children and their grownups.

There are a number of outdoors events happening on the 15 June too, with children and young people getting an opportunity to experience their city in a new way. Douglas Community Park will be transformed into a hub of creativity with storytelling, reading and music. Elizabeth Fort will run three free tours on the day, where guides will share the rich history of Elizabeth Fort from the time of the Tudors to the present day. Ballincollig Regional Park and the Gunpowder Mills will burst to life with African drumming, traditional Irish music and chalk art.  

An a-musing Creative Muse tour guide will bring children aged 8-12 on an imaginative exploration of North Main Street. The Lido in Blackpool are holding a Rebel Streets event for rebels aged 13 -18, where young people can learn about the value and impact of street art. Through talks, hip hop dance, workshops and even the creation of large street mural young people will interact with the art around that’s all around them.

Tiny tots will be welcomed to an event designed specifically for them with early years arts play experiences at Beag from Graffiti Theatre Company, Blackpool. While older kids can view the joy that is The Neverending Story with a special 35th anniversary presentation of this classic film from 1984. Their parents will happily reminisce on why this is a ‘must see’.

With Irish Trad and Rap music workshops happening at Cork Opera House this one-day festival is hitting all the right notes this June. For all the details, times and information see the full programme of events on

Cruinniu na nOg brochure.pdf (size 1.6 MB)