Cruinniú na nÓg events – all you need to know!

Details of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg were announced recently in Roscommon Arts Centre by Cllr. Tom Crosby (Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council) and Roscommon’s Cruinniú Ambassadors George and Isaac Naughton, together with members of Roscommon County Youth Theatre.

The event, a day of free creativity for young people, will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Events will take place across seven locations featuring theatre workshops, exhibitions, workshops, music and dance.

One of the highlights will be an exhibition of stained glass artwork entitled ‘The Light in Archie’s Eyes’ in memory of Archie Naughton, whose brave battle with illness touched the hearts of so many people.

This exhibition is created by artist Colette Langan in collaboration with the many school, team and fundraising friends who had the privilege of knowing the late Archie and his brothers Isaac and George. This exhibition is a fitting tribute to Archie’s short life, yet enduring legacy, and will be hosted by Roscommon Arts Centre from 2 pm that day.

A wide range of outdoor events are scheduled for the official opening of the Somers Park Performance Space in Castlerea including music for young children with Kyle Riley, circus skills, art projections, a live animation screening, and performances of excerpts from the County Roscommon Youth Theatre’s recent production of Romeo and Juliet.

On the day there will also be the completion of a wall mural by Roscommon Young Carers with artists Siobhan Cox Carlos and Emily Benninghove-Cudd in Castlerea Swimming Pool, concluding with performances by the Music Generation Roscommon Youth Band.

There are also a number of other events taking place in King House Boyle, with a visual art workshop using scrim tape from 1.30 pm to 3 pm and again from 3 pm to 4.30 pm. Earlier, the Dance Act Sing Academy will perform from 11 am.

Meanwhile, Trinity Arts Centre Castlerea will host a drama workshop from 2 pm to 4 pm, while Roscommon Arts Centre will host a series of performances following an eight-week primary schools singing project with Donal O’Connor from Music Generation Roscommon.

Throughout the day, there will be an all-day art trail in Rooskey village and a unique display of kites at Croghan NS, created as part of the Go Fly Your Kite initiative. A showcase of arts and crafts with the Bitsy and Bobby Art Club will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm in the South Roscommon Family Resource Centre.

All of this year’s Cruinniu na nÓg events are supported by the Creative Ireland initiative which is supported by the Department of Tourism, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, in partnership with Roscommon County Council, Roscommon Local Creative Youth Partnership and RTÉ.

Full details of all projects and events are available at and via the Roscommon County Council Arts Office.