i gContae an Longfoirt / in County Longford

A free national day of creativity for children and young people

June 15th, 2019

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June 10th – 15th, 2019


Longford Town

June 10th – 13th  Backstage Theatre.  Luminaria – Aged 7+ years

A new theatre production by Backstage Theatre artist in residence, Maisie Lee. During this residency, the artist is creating a new work with pupils from two local primary schools.  During the development phase Maisie is working with pupils from these schools, facilitating a series of children’s workshops in creative writing, puppet making and drama.

As part of  Cruinniú week there  will be a special presentation for schools on June 12th in Backstage Theatre.


June  10th- 15th Longford School of Rock (SoR) – Beats in the Barracks – Aged 13+ years.

As Part of Cruinniu Longford School of Rock will hold a week long music camp starting on June 10th led by renowned Galway percussionist Anthony McNamee and multi-instrumentalist Dennis McCalmont  which will culminate in a full orchestral performance on June 15th at 2pm in the Temperance Hall.  Approx. 40 young people 13+ will take part in creating original compositions and one large orchestral composition.  There are still a few places remaining so to book your space tel. 087-4144082 or 0433341124 or email creativeirealnd@longfordcoco.ie.


June 10-15th : Backstage Theatre 10am-5pm:

Creative Ireland Longford exhibition  showcasing  all the creative projects carried out in schools under Creative Ireland and the Creative schools programme will run each day in Backstage Theatre. Pupils, teachers and parents are invited to view the  exhibition which is open at the theatre each day.


June 12th: Backstage Theatre 11am-2pm:

Rekindling the Fire within. An exhibition of the work of children from three primary schools Ballymahon, Glen and Killoe who took part in The Pushkin Trust inspirational creative programme enabling children and teachers in Ireland North and South to discovers the joys of creativity and imagination. This programme  was established by the late, great Sacha Duchess of Abercorn over 30 years ago.  She will be remembered this week at the showcase of  Pushkin projects completed over the past year at a special event for pupils and their teachers.

June 12th Backstage Theatre 7pm: 

An evening for teachers around the county celebrating their work under the Creative Ireland pillar of Enabling the Creative potential of every child.    Special guests will include : John Quinn author and former RTE documentary maker, Kevin Flood artist, Mary Smith Animator, John Connell author and Marian Balfe artist.


June 15th    Longford Library. 11am and 12pm.

 Film Premiere Screening .  Aged 8+

Still Voices Short Film Festival & Longford Library host a film premiere of three short animated films created by three local primary schools which were facilitated by Animator and Illustrator Mary Smyth. The three schools are Newtownforbes, Melview and Ardagh. The workshops brought the children through the whole animation process; from script, storyboard and character designs to model-making, set design and stop-motion filming! The schools  all chose a local story to animate: and the titles of the three short films are  'The Story of Critchey McCann'; 'Queen Medbh & the cheese' & 'Granny's Wool'. The film premiere for the children and their families will take place at 11am at Longford library. Everyone welcome.


Ballymahon Community Library – 10.30am -  Babies up to 5 years.

All Aboard the Train for Story Sack  Storytime'  with Penny Farrell. To book, contact Ballymahon Library on 090 6432546



Drumlish Library 11am. Age 3+

Teddy bears Picnic with storyteller Maggie. Everybody brings their favourite teddy. To book contact drumlishlibrary@longfordcoco.ie or tel.0433324760.



 10.30am: The Old Rectory. Families welcome:

The story of a famous Longford family the Edgeworths from the Manor. told  by  Matt Farrell and Eamonn Brennan.



June 15th Granard Community Library – 10.30am – 11.30am – All ages

Experience a unique piece of bio-diversity by tasting edible herbs and flowers with expert Gardener, Mary Holmes. To book, contact Rosemary on 043-6686164


Knights and Conquests Heritage Centre Granard  - 11am-2pm – Aged 4+ years:

Join us for a very special event  at the newly opened Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre in Granard. Don the clothes of our Norman ancestors and walk on an interactive journey through time. See what it feels like to be a king or queen in your own game of thrones. Meet and learn all about our incredible Birds of Prey including Lucy our magnificent Eagle Owl as well as Barn Owls, our Harris Hawk and more.


June 15th     Corlea Trackway Centre 2pm 8+:

Painting in the Bog: Corlea Trackway is an Iron Age bog road, constructed from oak planks in 148–147 BC: The event will start with a guided  nature walk followed by an outdoor art workshop with artists, Mary Smyth and Hannah Carleton. To book email: creativeireland@longfordcoco.ie


June 15th     Lanesboro Library 10am – 12pm - All ages:

BRICKX Club at Lanesboro Library. A creative brick building and social workshop for children. In the workshop there are themes, challenges and games, which children can choose for themselves to build.  Parents are invited in at the end for a 'show and tell' and to take pictures of their child's creations. To book your place, contact Stella on 043-3321291. All welcome!



June 15th - Celtic/Breton Concert at Noyal-Châtillon-sur-Seiche, Brittany. All Ages

Longford has been twinned with Noyal-Châtillon-sur-Seiche in Brittany for the past 20 years. The focus of the twinning has been on children and young people exploring each other’s cultures, music, food, story, language etc. This year Cruinniu will extend to Brittany when 11 young trad musicians from Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann in County Longford will be Cruinniú Ambassadors for Longford performing at a special Breton/Celtic festival in our twin town on Cruinniú Day.