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Music Generation areas across Ireland get set to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg 2022

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Excitement is building! Cruinníú na nÓg 2022 is nearly here!

Saturday 11th June 2022 is a day of free creativity for children and young people and Music Generation areas throughout the country are gearing up for some explosive music-making for all ages!

With over 45 live Music Generation events taking place on June 11th there’s something for everyone. Rock out on stage with Garageland in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan or experience an experimental sound chimes workshop overlooking the River Slaney with Music Generation Wexford. There's lots of musical variety to be found this Saturday!


Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the creative potential of children and young people.


Music Generation areas all over Ireland are teaming up with their local libraries to deliver early years, ukulele, songwriting and drumming workshops. Don't miss Music Generation Longford's Music Bonanza with lots of exciting musical opportunities taking place in 6 libraries throughout the county. Instruments are provided so everyone can take part!

Music Generation Sligo will be popping up in libraries to welcome children into workshop-style creative spaces to be a conductor for the day. There will be tones of instruments on display including cello, violin, guitar, keyboard, harp, mandolin, drums, percussion and more! Find out more here.

Try some Early Years music adventures in libraries with Music Generation South Dublin or hear the beautiful voices of the Music Generation Meath Youth Choir at Ashbourne Library.

Scroll down to see what else is happening or contact your local library and local Music Generation area to plan your Cruinniú na nÓg 2022.

What's On!?

Carlow Hip Hop/Rap Full Day Workshop
Cavan/Monaghan Garageland Live Performance with special guests Hudson Taylor (Stream it live if you can't make it to the event)
Clare Junior Trad Workshop and Performance with Caoimhe & Seamus Uí Fhlatharta & Singing/songwriting Workshop
Cork City 'Rock the Block' - Full day of live performances and workshops at the Kabin Studio
Galway City 'Livefeed' event for young people and young musicians at Galway Community College
Galway County Galway Ukulele Orchestra Launch with 180 primary school ukulele players (private event, FRI 10th June)
Kerry Early Years Music Making with Jonathan & Drumming Workshop with Ray!
Kilkenny Early Years Workshops (0-2 years) (4-6 years) & Singing Workshops (8-12 years) & (13 - 18 years)
Laois 'Laois Le Cheile - Laois Together'. Full day of music and arts events
Leitrim Ukulele Workshop & Performance with Dublin Ukulele Collective!
Limerick City Live music event for young people and young musicians at The People's Park, Limerick
Longford 'Music Bonanza' events in 6 local libraries (Early Years, Drumming and Bodhran)
Louth Newleaf Beats – DJ Workshops and Rave with Dublin-based DJ Colleen Heavey
Mayo The Core, live music event for young musicians & Early Years Workshops
Meath Early Years Workshops & Music Generation Meath Youth Choir Performance
Offaly/Westmeath Live Concert - artists, céilí bands, marching bands, Singfest, and more
Roscommon Music Generation’s Roscommon Folk Orchestra Performance
Sligo Inspire Me: Young Composers Workshop Performance & Music at the Marquee Live music event
South Dublin Magic Adventures for Early Years at Tallaght and Castletymon libraries
Waterford Youth Music @ GOMA Gallery
Wexford Uke ‘N’ Sing with Music Generation Wexford
Wicklow Meet the Instruments – Hear the Music! & Garageland Galayxz Live Music Event Arklow.

Further details about all of these wonderful, free events can be found on the Creative Ireland Cruinniú an nÓg website. Click here for more!


We have missed summer gigs immensely! Thankfully, there are plenty of live music concerts for children and young people to attend or take part in this Saturday! Music Generation Cork City, along with their local music partners, will host ‘Rock the Block’ at The Kabin Studio. Drop up to Knocknaheeny to join the fun! All the details can be found here.

Music Generation Galway City presents LiveFeed, a live music event for young musicians at Galway Community College for Cruinniú an nÓg. Sign up for a Livefeed workshop or come along to the performance from 2pm. Find out more here.

'Rock the Block' Saturday 11th June 2022

Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan have been delivering songwriting sessions in Patrician High School, Carrickmacross. The programme participants composed, arranged and recorded two whopper songs and music videos under the guidance of Musician Educators Ray McLoughlin and Niall Hanna and class teacher Padraig McGovern. After wowing their school community with a live, end-of-year premiere performance last month, these young musicians are ready to entertain the crowd at Íontas Theatre, Castleblaney on June 11th for 'Garageland Galayxz Cavan Monaghan'.

Young musician Zac McCormick (guitar and lead vocals) composed 'Enjoy Life' during the songwriting programme. He will perform the track alongside his fellow musicians (photographed above) Dara McKitterick (guitar and backing vocals), Jason Kelly (guitar and backing vocals), Jerome Bundy (piano), and Conor Harrington (guitar and backing vocals) on June 11th. Inspiring song lyrics and melodies from these young music makers, their performance is not to be missed! Check out their music video here.

The newly formed, retro rock youth band 'The Responce' will perform an original track 'At the End of the Day' (Composed by Christopher Marron) at the Garageland Galayxz gig. Check out their music video below! 'The Reponce' is a group of exceptionally talented, young musicians which includes Christopher Marron (lead vocals and guitar), Connor Martin (Backing Vocals), Lucas Macardle (electric guitar), Daniel Garrido Shine (drums), Dennis Leimanis (bass) and Gabriel Siruma (piano).

If that wasn't all, Irish Folk/Americana duo 'Hudson Taylor' will bring their unique, energising sounds to the stage as special guests and headlining act on the day. The event will be live-streamed and all details can be found here.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ and is the only event of its kind in the world.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives children and young people access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) in which Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.

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