Louth’s Cruinniú na nÓg, a free family day out celebrating young people and children. Combining music, storytelling, visual arts, craft and heritage, as well as a few surprises. The day will showcase some of the best of Louth’s cultural gems in the beautiful setting of Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland. Atmospheric in their own right, the abbey’s ruins will play host to a wide variety of performers and artists, coming together to celebrate and encourage children and young people’s participation in culture and creativity. There will be treasure trails, storytellers and local craftspeople making and selling their Louth-inspired wares. The day will also see the return of Draw on LOUTH, facilitated by local artists, where children will get an opportunity to put their mark on LOUTH!The ruins of the near-900 year-old Abbey are situated on the banks of the River Mattock, 10kms north-west of Drogheda. Atmospheric in their own right, the ruins will play host to a whole host of artists and young people, who will entertain, participate and engage in creativity and magic throughout the day. Renowned archaeologist, Geraldine Stout, will bring you on the fun filled Trail around the site. A scavenger hunt will take place, with secret clues in the most unexpected of places. Actress and writer, Grainne Rafferty will entertain all ages with her unique style of storytelling in the beautiful setting of The Chapel. The three youth theatres in Louth – Droichead, Dundalk and Mad Youth Theatres, will come together and play characters from times gone by, from the Treaty of Mellifont, the submission of Hugh ONeill to Mountjoy, to the consecration of Mellifont.
Traditional Games, 15th Century style will take place in front of the iconic Lavabo.
Draw on LOUTH for all those budding young artists, will allow children and teenagers to respond to the site, and literally draw on giant letters of Louth.
Creative Spark will be there with their pop-up print shop, where children and young people will create multiple prints using inks, leaves, foliage, found objects lace fabrics, paper cuts and other mixed media. They will also set up a mini printing station with a 3d printer, and children and young people can create and print mini artworks to take home.
Young musicians and singers, with a youth choir, will perform in St. Bernard’s Church, and street theatre performers from jugglers to acrobats will perform on site.
Traditional Games on the lawn | 1.00pm- 1:30pm, 2.20pm-2.50pm, 3.40pm – 4.10pm | All ages
For children of all ages and their parents, join in our traditional games, with some old school fun. Join in the three legged – race, egg and spoon, sack and piggy back races.
Storytelling in the Chapter House with Grainne Rafferty | 1.30pm – 1.50pm, 2.50pm-3.10pm, 4.30pm – 4.45pm | Age: 3 – 11
Join storyteller Grainne Rafferty for stories of myths and legends, tales of magic and intrigue. Be entertained, be scared, learn some history and have lots of fun.
Geraldine Stout – Mellifont Trail | 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm. | Ages: 10 – 16
Join renowned archaeologist, Geraldine Stout, on a fun filled trail and tour of Mellifont Abbey. Geraldine Stout is the world’s foremost authority on the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, a complex of Neolithic monuments, and has written numerous books and articles on the area. In 2018 she began the first research excavations at Newgrange, Co Meath in more than 30 years have begun, after a geophysical survey showed what could prove to be an “extraordinary monument”. She is an archaeologist with the Archaeological Survey of Ireland.
Draw on Louth |1:00pm-5:00pm | Ages: 1 – 25
The larger than life Draw on LOUTH, invites children and young people from 0 – 18 to make your mark on Louth. Facilitated by professional artists, budding artists are invited to respond to the site, and the day, by creating their own unique drawings on the letters.
An installation created by artist, Kieran McNulty.
Screen Printing with Creative Spark | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Ages: 1- 18
Creative Spark will set up a Pop up Printmaking Studio where children and young people of all ages will create multiple prints using inks, leaves, foliage, found objects lace fabrics, paper cuts and other mixed media.They will also set up a mini printing station where budding printmakers can come along and print mini artworks to take home.
Louth Youth Theatres at Mellifont |2:00pm- 4:00pm |
Dundalk Youth Theatre, MAD Youth Theatre and Droichead Youth Theatre will join forces on the day, and create a myriad of characters that have a connection to the historic site. So beware, you never know where they might be hiding!!
Finally, a food and craft market will feature local artisan and food makers. Cruinniú na nÓg – Louth is produced by Droichead Arts Centre and An Táin Arts Centre (members of the Creative Louth Culture Team) on behalf of Louth County Council and the Creative Louth Culture Team. The cooperation of the OPW is much appreciated.
Getting there: Please note parking is restricted, there is no parking onsite. Buses will be provided from various areas around Louth. More information will be available at www.droichead.com and www.antain.ie from the end of April
This is a free event, no booking required.