Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD, has joined with Paddy Mahon, CE of Longford County Council to encourage everyone in Longford to take part in the first Cruinniú na Cásca, a new national day of culture and creativity, which will take place nationwide on Easter Monday as part of the Creative Ireland programme.
Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place in Dublin city centre and around the country.
From live music and dance, to coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, for the first time this year, special Cruinniú na Cásca events will take place in each of the 31 Local Authorities in every county across the country.
Admission is free (although tickets are required for some events with limited capacity) and there is a special focus on events for families and children.
Highlights of the Longford Cruinniú na Cásca include: The Cruinniú na Cásca magical mystery tour discovering Creative Longford – celebrate our history, heritage, dance, music and art.
A family afternoon of storytelling and exploring the legend of Midir and Etain in the woodlands of the historic village of Ardagh.
The beautiful village of Abbeyshrule is hosting a Ceremony of Light and Music at the ruins of their 12th century Cistercian abbey.
Speaking about Cruinniú na Cásca Minister Humphreys TD said: “Creative Ireland is all about putting culture and creativity at the heart of communities nationwide and Cruinniú na Cásca will do just that this Easter Monday.
“We want to encourage everyone to become involved in the cultural life of this county and to participate and enjoy this national day of creativity.
“I am delighted that people in Longford and right across the country will have the opportunity to come together and participate in cultural and creative activity on Easter Monday, driving our collective wellbeing and our sense of community.
“ I would like to acknowledge and thank Paddy Mahon, CE of Longford County Council County Council and the newly formed Culture Team for all their help in putting this programme together.”
Paddy Mahon, CE of Longford County Council added: ”We are delighted to be involved in the first Cruinniú na Cásca programme and are especially pleased at the enthusiastic and creative response from the community in County Longford .
“We feel this is a very positive start to Creative Ireland in this county and are looking forward to showcasing all that Creative Longford has to offer over the coming year.”