Youthful creativity unleashed
DONEGAL was a vibrant,
youthful hive of creativity on Saturday 15th June as
hundreds of children and young people participated
in 31 events across the county as part of Cruinniú
Now in its second year, this national day of
youthful creativity has grown to incorporate 21
venues in 12 towns and villages across Donegal.
Youth from Malin Head to Bundoran had the
opportunity to explore creative opportunities such
as song writing, creative writing, music, dance,
design, performance and more.
Described by some participants as ‘the best day of
their lives’, children in Inishowen loved exploring
nature with outdoor events such as the Art in the
Park in Buncrana and the Seaweed Safari at Malin
A swell time was had by participants
in the Seaweed Safari at Malin Head.
Cruinniú na nÓg simply
means 'The gathering of young people'. Between 10am
and 10pm paint was splashed, creations were made,
dance was explored, instruments were tried, music
experienced, songs were written and performed, the
past was re-imagined, and words were written to the
point where one child claimed he "almost exploded
because I loved it."
Eileen Burgess, Culture Division Manager with
Donegal County Council, expressed her delight with
the success of the day - "the weather was on our
side and despite some light showers everyone
continued in the creative spirit of the day. We are
absolutely delighted with the response to all 31
events and the positive feedback from parents and
young people themselves".