Cruinniú na NÓg in dlr - 15th June - Celebrating Creative Play!

Thursday, June 13, 2019
dlr County
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Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of creativity for children and young people and takes place this saturday, 15th June 2019. It aims to celebrate and encourage children and young people's participation in culture and creativity through child-centred events which are free and activity based and provide opportunities for young people to get doing, making and creating.  Cruinniú n nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with the Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ.

Fernhill Park and Gardens is the location for the biggest programme of events in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. There will be a range of great activities for children and young people to get involved with, including nature art workshops, forest rope play, treasure trails, circus skills and lots more! This is taking place in Fernhill Park and Gardens from 12 noon-4pm.

You can check out the full line-up for the day here to make the most of your Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 with events also taking place in Blackrock Library, Deansgrange Library and dlr Lexicon. 

As part of the Creative Play theme for Cruinniu, dlr contracted the services of a creative practitioner, Shane Cotter, Architectural Farm to work with Children and Young People on ideas for dlr’s new woodland play area in Fernhill Park.  Pupils from St. Mary’s National School (Lambs Cross) and Stepaside Educate Together (Belarmine) have been involved and working with Shane Cotter and the Council in developing ideas for the new woodland play area which embraces the woodland setting and which young people can engage with in a creative way.


An Cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Brennan met earlier today with children from Stepaside Educate Together and St Marys School in Sandyford to see and hear more about their creative ideas for the woodland area in Fernhill and said:

It was inspiring to meet the children and see and hear more about their creative ideas. The children enjoyed exploring the first Object of Play that is being developed as part of the new playground and wonderful that the children were involved in helping to shape the plans for the new play area in the Woodland in Fernhill.


Dearbhla Lawson, Director for Community and Cultural Development in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said:

A key part of dlr’s Creative Play project is about involving our young people in the creating, making and doing. The children have certainly embraced the challenge and come up with lots of fun ideas to shape the future of the Woodland area at Fernhill. Come along to our Cruinniu event on the 15th June to see what creative plans the children have come up with!