Clare celebrates National Day of Youthful Creativity

Clare celebrates National Day of Youthful Creativity

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A series of free cultural events marking Cruinniú na nÓg, the national Day of Youthful Creativity, will take place across County Clare next week.

The initiative, which is being funded under the Creative Ireland Programme and supported by the Culture Team of Clare County Council, celebrates and encourages children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity through a variety of events.

Events will begin on Friday, 22 June in Clare County Library. Scariff and Killaloe Public Libraries will host Irish History Live shows by Michael Moylan and DeValera Public Library in Ennis will hold a bilingual art workshop with Aidan Courtney.  An art exhibition will take place at Newquay National School on Friday also. Students have been participating in art appreciation classes between January and June of this year and their own creations will be exhibited at the school.

Events will begin on Friday, 22 June in Clare County Library. Scariff and Killaloe Public Libraries will host Irish History Live shows by Michael Moylan and DeValera Public Library, Ennis will hold a bilingual art workshop with Aidan Courtney.   An art exhibition will take place at Newquay National School on Friday also. Students have been participating in art appreciation classes between January and June of this year and their own creations will be exhibited at the school.

On Saturday 23 June, a wide variety of events will take place in various venues around the county including Cultúrlann Sweeney in Kilkee, glór in Ennis, Ennistymon and the Burren College of Art.

Events at Cultúrlann Sweeney include a Rap Workshop for teens, two Mask Making workshops and two Under the Sea art workshops plus a magic show; Burren College of Art will host Midsummer Crafts and Mandala making at their Midsummer Eve’s Bonfire Festival; a Fairy Glen River Walk will take place on the Ballymacraven/Inagh Rivers in Ennistymon and glór will host two Willow Wood Musical Storytelling events, a Piano Music Marathon, African Dancing Workshop and a Film Screening of Making the Grade, an Irish documentary about piano lessons for all ages.

The final events will take place on Monday, 25 June in Shannon Public Library and DeValera Public Library in Ennis where Niall de Búrca will host storytelling sessions.

Further information can be found on www.clarelibrary.ie and the Cruinniú website at https://creative.ireland.ie/cruinniu.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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