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Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

Jack Byrne from Bless­ing­ton en­joy­ing the Cru­in­niú na nÓg cel­e­bra­tions at Russ­bor­ough House.

OVER 70 hours of free ac­tiv­i­ties took place across the county last Satur­day to en­cour­age chil­dren and young peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘The story, the song and the great out­doors’ were this year’s Cru­in­niú na nÓg themes for County Wick­low. Per­for­mance and work­shop events were staged acriss eleven venues for chil­dren aged up to 18 and there was a won­der­ful at­mos­phere through­out the day.

Movies and folk­lore work­shops were pre­sented at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, Bray. ‘WAVE’, a show spe­cially de­signed for ba­bies un­der 12 months, was staged in Grey­stones Li­brary.

The Se­cret Gar­den read­ing and Let’s Plant a Seed singing ses­sion took place in the Court­house, Ti­na­hely. Russ­bor­ough House and Park­lands hosted the fam­ily fun day where vis­i­tors en­joyed a car­ni­val at­mos­phere, vin­tage rides, work­shops, face-painters, live mu­sic, sports and much more. The Speks, Wild Tur­keys, Amy Bar­rett, Mark Caplice and the Key Notes wowed the crowds on the day with won­der­ful songs.

Cru­in­niú na nÓg is an ini­tia­tive of the Cre­ative Ire­land Pro­gramme at the De­part­ment of Cul­ture, Her­itage and the Gaeltacht and is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with RTÉ and the Lo­cal Au­thor­i­ties, man­aged by Wick­low Arts Of­fice and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Michelle Hem­ing.

Sarah and James Cal­lanan on the merry-go-round at Russ­bor­ough House.

Mac­sen Craul, Abbey Vaughan, Teg­wen Craul, Ruby Keat­ing and Wil­low Flood at the Hol­ly­wood For­est School.

Sophia Ward holds a two-week-old long eared owl at the Na­tional Bird of Prey Cen­tre at Russ­bor­ough.

Abbey Vaughan at the Hol­ly­wood For­est School.

Os­car Gar­rett at the Speks con­cert at Russ­bor­ough House.

Sean Ga­han and his grand­mother Caitrion Wil­son en­joyi Speks con­cert at Russ­bor­ough.

Mark Caplice and Amy Bar­rett, who per­formed at the hip­po­drome at Russ­bor­ough as the day came to a close.

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