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Cruinniú na n Óg 2021

 



Our Clare programme for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 was delivered in partnership with Clare County Council.

All videos are available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.


9.30am. The Adventures of Fontane the Bear with Jacinta Sheerin and Aindrias de Staic
Jacinta and Aindrias invite very young children, and their parents or carers, to join them on a journey with Fontayne the Bear as he sets off on his adventures around North West Clare. Did he remember to pack his swimming togs? Where will he hide his bike while he goes for a swim? Will his tomato sandwiches be yukky when he comes out of the water? So many questions, but Fontayne has forgotten the most important one!! Jacinta Sheerin is an actor, singer, writer and drama therapist who is currently working with the Local Creative Youth Partnership and Clare County Childcare Committee, listening to stories from very young children in a number of Early Learning centres on the Loop Head Peninsula. Aindrias de Staic is an actor, writer, musician and one of a new generation of Irish storytellers. Together, these artists bring drama and intrigue to this brand new story for very young audiences and their families for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021. This video is available
on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist

10am. The Speks Concert with Charlie Hope
The Speks along with Charlie Hope, the award winning singer songwriter who joined them from her home in the USA. This will be a lively show of nursery rhymes and sing-along songs set to acoustic Irish music which will have adults and kids jumping in their seats. This hand-clapping, toe-tapping, hearty-laughing show is all about life on Glasses Island – a magical island off the coast of Co. Clare where everybody wears glasses. The show also features vibrant watercolour illustrations by the Speks' artistic friend David Fortune. He is an honours graduate from the Limerick School of Art and Design and his colourful illustrations set the scene for each song thus helping younger audience members to immerse themselves in the show. This video is available on RTÉ Playback. Suitable for all ages.

10.30am. The Hazel WanderLings with Áine O’Brien
A Journey in the Magical Hazelwood with little WanderLings. Share the secrets of the Hazel Wandering Fairy. With the help from the Fairies we will cast our first spells and become Hazel WanderLings, perhaps even growing our own Hazel Wander Wings. By looking at the forest through your little ones eyes, they will bring us all into their imaginations and fantastical world. This adventure will be a magical journey to be enjoyed by children and parents alike. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist. Suitable for 5-8 year olds.

10.45am. Crafty Recycling for the Wild with Leigh O’Connell
This video tutorial will demonstrate how to make a simple bird house by upcycling materials like plastic drinks bottles and plastic flowers. Try for as many designs as you like, and hang them in their gardens or in the local park. Nurture your child’s curiosity - get creative and have fun! This video is available on Clare Library Youtube and on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist. Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

11.05am. Atlantic Folklore – How to draw an Owl with Marie Connole
Atlantic Folklore: How-to-Draw an Owl is a simple 20-minute drawing tutorial for 9-12 year olds and beyond. Artist Marie Connole will teach the basic shapes to use for drawing an owl and how to use colouring pencils. On the FB page the artist will give feedback, encouragement and share more interesting facts about this beautiful bird. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist. Suitable for 9-12 year olds.

11.30am. My Happy Place Sparking interest and to encourage the inner creativity in children, Clare Cruinniú put out an open call to children and young people to get involved with Cruinniú and showcase their art work. We invited them to create a piece of Art with the theme ‘My Happy Place’. We hope that through this initiative, children will be able to express their creativity and despite challenging times can articulate their Happy Place through a piece of Art. This artwork is viewable on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist

11.45am. A Song from your Childhood with Tess McGovern
Using the symbolic theme “a song from your childhood”, dancer Tess McGovern facilitates eight talented youths to perform an empowering dance solo of their own, Each child is encouraged to create movement using past feelings or a special memory to self-express their youth, and channel their emotions in a positive and physical way. Through an exploration of modern dance moves, improvisational techniques and contemporary dance you will see a truly beautiful exhibition of dance and creativity. These 1 minute solo dance performances, recorded at the magical setting of Lisdoonvarna Community Park capture the pure essence of a child, their free spirit and zest for life. Each performance also includes an interview with each dancer as to why they chose their song, a brief snapshot into their lives. This video is available on CI Clare FB. Suitable for 9-12 year olds.

12 noon. Introduction to Geology – Seabirds and Bird Count at Cliffs of Moher with Cormac McGinley
Geology – Introduction to Rock formation and influences of various wildlife found at the Cliffs Seabirds - We will look at the various species of seabirds found at the Cliffs, talking about their adaptations for living there and how they use the Cliffs in their lives. Bird Count : Explanation how to conduct counts on colonies to keep track of the relative health of the seabird populations that live here .Instruction how to do bird count and monitor seabirds at the Cliffs. Zoom event, limited to 15 places. Suitable for 9-12 year olds and teens. This event has now ended.

12 noon. Song writing Workshop with Brian Davies
The workshop will encourage young people to develop their writing and music skills to create the core foundations of a song. By following simple tasks participants learn about – melody, chords, lyrics and rhythm. Under a supportive environment all these elements will be incorporated to help create and structure their own song. We will spark ideas, brainstorm and develop a theme title, learn about lyrics and melodies. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-8 year olds.

12.15pm. Learn and Play with Clay with Nasareen Rosalind
Fun and creative workshop for children who want to make beautiful pieces from clay. Over two days Nasreen Nabaoui Rosalind will host classes for the children of the King Thomond Direct Provision Centre. Children will learn the basics and fundamentals of working, moulding and sculpting paper clay. When the clay is dry beautiful pieces will be sculpted. The children will learn how to paint them and these pieces will be used to decorate their residence. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

12.30pm. The Magic of the Sea with Fanore N.S.
The Magic of the Sea. Incorporates narration, music, song, poetry and composition by children from Fanore National School. We are creating a video to depict the story of the Sea Maiden, a seal.known as Silkie. This seal loved her life in the ocean. One day Silkie came ashore on Fanore beach and shed her seal skin. This skin was picked up by a local fisherman and we follow their adventure. This event will be filmed locally in an Ancient Ring fort, on the sand dunes, Fanore beach and surrounds. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist and on RTE Junior
. Suitable for all ages.

12.50pm. Feelings - A Theme for Creative Expression with Ruth Wood
A series of children’s workshops with Ruth Wood took place in April and May in West Clare. These were designed to be primarily a fun and an engaging process to aid the creative expression of participant’s experience of the Coved 19 pandemic. They explored a feeling through line, colour and collage. The children made a number of images with a range of art materials a photographic portrait tableau of each child with an object of comfort will be presented by video on 12 June. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

1pm. Rising Tide Project and Documentary with Maeve Stone
‘Rising Tide’ creates a moment where children are offered a special and symbolic object - a handmade ceramic boat -and asked to use it to hold an image of the future they would like for themselves and for their family and community. This might be by drawing on it, writing on it, or using it to carry something. This Maeve Stone documentary is about engaging children on themes of climate adaptation and community resilience. Rising Tide will be captured by Award Winning Filmmaker Alex Gill of Cracking Light Productions and highlights from both days will be cut into a short documentary. Hosted by local actor Jacinta Sheerin and Maeve Stone. 2000 ceramic boats were created by ceramic artist Sheila Stone. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for all ages.

1.05pm Thugamar féin an Samhragh Linn / Jumping into Summer with Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg
Music, Song and Dance filmed in various locations in Clare to Jump into summer 2021.In this bilingual piece. Children in Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg will use song, poetry, art and performance as Gaeilge agus as Béarla to tell the story of jumping into Summer 2021. It is envisaged that our video piece will be a source of enjoyment for young and old. Exploring the roots of our culture and heritage. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

1.30pm. From Farm to Fantastic Fabric and Felt with Clouna N.S.
Children from Clouna NS supported by artist Susanna Anker received a hands on demonstration of the story of wool over a series of 5 sessions. From wool carding to wool spinning on a Spinning Wheel, to dyeing wool with plants and weaving fabric on a floor loom. Susanna brought in a variety of different types of fleece to show the children. The children were introduced to the Story of Wool first from a heritage perspective, including where the wool comes from, how it is carded, dyed, spun, and takes on various forms, and then moving on to the uses of the wool such as felting, knitting, crochet etc. The children will learn how felt is made and will design and make their own pieces of felt which they will use to make a pencil case. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

2pm. Tríd na Glúnta with Rachel Uí Fhaoláin
Through the generations film project developed from a larger inter generational research and performance project by Rachel Uí Fhaoláin with Clare County Council exploring the transmission of traditional song, lilting, music and stories through generations within families and communities. In this short film piece the children and young people that Rachel has been working remotely with take centre stage and they will share what they have learned during this phase of the project. The film piece will highlight the transmission of our oral traditions through the generations, an integral part of Rachel’s ongoing work.
Rachel Uí Fhaoláin is a traditional singer, researcher and educator. All of Rachel’s collecting and composition work is shared through her work with the younger generation, an important aspect of the transmission of our song tradition, folklore and stories. Rachel delivers traditional song programmes in schools with Heritage in Schools and is continuing to deliver traditional song workshops remotely to primary schools as part of the Heritage in Schools Virtual Pilot Programme. This prerecorded video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist. Suitable for all ages.

2pm. Lighthouse Sunset Painting Workshop with Ana Colomer
Learn to paint a fabulous Lighthouse Sunset with a live zoom step by step demonstration Materials will be provided to participants on a first come first served basis and collected at your library branch. Ana will source the materials. Painting will be in acrylics. Participation is limited to 10 places for the Zoom workshop but it can be followed on Art with Ana FB Live. Suitable for 9-12 year olds. This event has now ended.

2.30pm. Learn to Code your own Game with Tiarnan O’Ruairc
Scratch Maze Tutorial will demonstrate how to make a basic game using Scratch Coding. The tutorial will be approximately 40 minutes and divided in bite size sections. This workshop will give you the knowledge to draw original artwork successfully on scratch, develop Scratch animation and coding skills. You will also be able to make a character move, duplicate and edit costumes and make a basic animation writing most of the code independently. A PDF is available here. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 9-12 year olds.

3pm. Reel Art – Golden Age Disney Posters with Neil Hynes
The world of the movie poster has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. One time, they served as a vehicle to attract audiences to their seats. Little did their creators realize that decades later museums, private collections and exhibitions often celebrate these illustrations that once adorned the cinema lobbies to promote the movies. Today videographer Neil Hynes takes Shane and Alannah, two young children, on a journey into the posters of Walt Disney Productions, a collection of classic films, whose posters are now high priced collectables, sold at the world’s leading auction houses. Will Alannah and Shane be drawn in or will they find themselves more at home with today’s modern poster. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

3.15pm. Junior Trad Group with Tara Breen & Conor O’Loughlin of Music Generation
Music Generation have engaged a group of young enthusiastic traditional Irish musicians from Co. Clare working under the tuition of Tara Breen and Conor O’Loughlin. The group will premiere a traditional piece of music for Cruinniú. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for 9-12 year olds and teens.

3.30pm. Song Premiere of ‘Manic’ by The Notables with Music Generation
Music Generation engaged David Hope to bring three creative young musicians through the process of writing, recording and producing their first original song –‘Manic’. Step by step from inception of the idea, working together to develop that idea into a song and then made into a track. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for teens.

3.35pm. Harp Ensemble with Niamh O’Brien of Music Generation
Music Generation's Clare Harp Ensemble was formed in 2019 and brings together harp students from all around Co. Clare ages 8 to 18. Guided by their tutor Niamh O Brien, they play arrangements of traditional and popular music on Irish harps for this year's Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations. They are performing something new and something old; a version of 'True Colours' by Cindy Lauper followed by a traditional tune called 'O'Sullivan's March'. This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for all ages.

3.50pm. Rince ar an Sean Nós Iáthar an Chláir with Inis Cathaigh Comhaltas, Kilrush.
Inis Cathaigh Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann branch will bring together Sean Nós dancers from various parts of West Clare. These dancers and musicians are aged from 8 to 18. The dancers will be guided by renowned Sean Nós champion and set dancer and teacher Emma Fennell. The musicians will be guided by All Ireland champion musician and teacher Diarmuid Donnellan. The dancers will perform a variety of Sean Nós dances while the musicians will play an arrangement of traditional Irish tunes on a variety of instruments.This video is available on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for all ages. Inis Cathaign will also host videos of Music, Song and Dance on their own Inis Cathaigh Kilrush Comhaltas FB page throughout the day.

4pm. Thinking Outside the Box with Clare Youth Theatre under Clare Townsend and Eleanor Feeley.
Choosing the concept of a journey and using objects as a practical conduit to visual and storytelling creativity, the young members of Clare Youth Theatre have reached out in an exame of our ethos 'all for one and one for all' Using original material and everyday objects from the confines of their rooms, the young cast have created a landscape of imagination. Many pieces come together in this montage of storytelling; object, image, sound, scenography and much more. This video is available on on our Clare Library Youtube Cruinniú na nÓg playlist.
Suitable for all ages.

4.30pm. Irish Storytelling Workshop and Performance with Aindrias de Staic
Aindrias will present a Workshop & Performance focusing on the rhythm and music within Irish Storytelling. Using expressive delivery, rhythmical interludes and dramatic characters, The Workshop will feature performance, readings, music. This workshop will look at Storytelling internationally but primarily will focus on traditional storytelling in the West of Ireland. Suitable for teenagers.
This event has now ended.

Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme supported by Clare County Council, Local Authorities and RTÉ. It is one of 18 actions of Creative Youth – a plan to enable the creative potential of every child and young person.

All queries can be sent to: creativeireland@clarecoco.ie

The Creative Ireland Programme is a national culture based programme designed to promote individual, community and national well-being. The central vision of Creative Ireland is that every person living in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential. The focus of Clare County Council is on Creative Ireland's Pillar 2 'Enabling Creativity in Every Community'. The Clare vision is “to ensure the people of Clare discover and have access to cultural expression through creative activity”.

Projects will be co-ordinated by the Culture Team of Clare County Council which includes staff from Clare County Library, Clare Museum, Clare Arts Office, glór, the Rural Development Directorate, Tourism Section and Local Enterprise Office as well as the Heritage Officer, Conservation Officer and Archivist. Cruinniú na nÓg, a Day of Youthful Creativity, is one of Creative Ireland's initatives.

Helen Walsh, County Librarian, is Co-ordinator of the Creative Ireland Clare programme.

Information on the Creative Ireland Clare programme can be found at Creative Ireland Clare

Email for further information: creativeireland@clarecoco.ie

 



 

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