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Free Creative Events For Youth With Cruinniú Na nÓg.

Next Saturday, June 12th, is Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18 years of age.
Ireland is the only country in the world to host such a day and since its inception in 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has grown from strength to strength.

This year, in light of Covid-19 restrictions, the majority of events are online. All events are free and span all aspects of the creative arts, including music, drama, science, cooking and crafts.

From the comfort of their own home, children and young people can get dancing as part of the Céilí in the Kitchen initiative or create the world record for the largest online orchestra with the Royal Irish Academy (no formal training or instruments needed).

The Garageland Project will give young bands the opportunity to showcase their talents on a dedicated Garageland Youth TV channel. Tipperary’s own Nenagh Children’s Film Festival are even inviting children and young people to learn some of the latest stop-motion animation techniques.

Among the hundreds of events organised by creative groups nationwide, there is sure to be something for everyone.
For more information on Cruinniú na nÓg click HERE or search for events by age and location by clicking HERE.


LIT Student Is People’s Choice At Smedia Awards 2021.

President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane has congratulated third year LIT Creative Broadcast and Film Production student Ms Alyssa Fleming who won the People’s Choice Award at the Smedia Awards 2021, with her film “The Daily Grind“.

“Winning a National Student Media Award – or Smedia – in any year is a great achievement, but to create an award-winning film during a time when our movements were limited due to a global pandemic is particularly significant. Alyssa and her fellow students have shown great determination, creativity and resolve to create such excellent work despite the Covid-19 restrictions,” said Professor Cunnane.

“I would like to congratulate Alyssa on her success and acknowledge the work of her fellow creative broadcast student Matt Murphy, who expertly edited the winning film The Daily Grind. Credit must also go to the LIT teaching staff, who continue to teach, encourage and inspire the next generation of broadcasters and film makers.”

Ms Nora Ní Fhlathárta, Programme Leader, Creative Broadcast & Film Production congratulated the Smedia People Choice Award winner, while also paying tribute to LIT’s Laura Mannix, the first-year student of Creative Broadcast, who was nominated for the Short Animation of the Year award

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many students had to restructure their original film plans so as to adhere to Government health guidelines. However, all was not lost as sometimes, having to restructure allowed students to embrace formats they might never have considered. Troubleshooting is part and parcel of film making and we are so proud of all our film students who have created a diverse and unique range of film and audio projects this year,” she said.

Alyssa Fleming’s award-winning film tells the story of a stressed coffee shop owner who pushes her eccentric staff for ideas to save the business during lockdown.

Speaking following receiving her Smedia award, Alyssa said, “I’m very grateful to everyone who voted for The Daily Grind and I am also very grateful to my actors and Matt Murphy for editing the piece. Making a film during lockdown was tough, but the final product is something that I am very proud of.”


Ten Maths Riddles In Honour Of World Maths Day.

Today, May 5th, is World Maths Day, one of the largest annual educational events in the world. In honour of World Maths Day here are ten Maths riddles that are sure to challenge your mathematical acumen.

(1) What number goes up but never goes down.
(2) How did the soccer fan know before the game that the score would be 0-0?
(3) If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this?
(4) I am a three-digit number. My second digit is 4 times bigger than the third digit. My first digit is 3 less than my second digit. What number am I?
(5) I add five to nine and get two. The answer is correct, but how?
(6) How can you take 2 from 5 and leave 4?
(7) Using only addition, how can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1,000?
(8) Where can you add 2 to 11 and get 1?
(9) Once I’m 24. Twice I’m 20. Three times I’m inappropriate. What am I?
(10) What can you put between a 7 and an 8 so that the result is greater than a seven, but less than an eight?

(1) Your age. (2) The score is always 0-0 before the game. (3) Zero. (4) 141. (5) When it is 9 p.m., add 5 hours to it and you will get 2 p.m. (6) Remove the 2 letters F and E from the word FIVE and you have IV. (7) 888 +88 +8 +8 +8 =1,000. (8) On a clock. (9) The letter “X”. (10) A decimal because 7.8 is greater than 7, but less than 8.


4th Be With You On Star Wars Day.

What started out as an amusing pun on fan sites (May the fourth/force be with you) has become an annual international holiday. Today, May the 4th, is Star Wars day and here are some of the ways you and your family can celebrate It.

Watch a Star Wars Movie.

There are nine Star Wars movies and all nine are available to stream on Disney+. The acclaimed Star Wars movie franchise holds a special place for Ireland, with Star Wars Episode VII “The Force Awakens” (2015), Star Wars Episode VIII “The Last Jedi” (2017) and Star Wars Episode IX “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), featuring key scenes filmed on location in Munster. If you aren’t sure which film to choose, why not pick one of the movies shot on Irish shores?

Access the Online Star Wars Activity Pack.

Starwars.com is the official home of Star Wars Day and by clicking HERE you can access this year’s free activity pack. The pack is full of coloring pages and puzzles to keep both young and old entertained.

Enjoy a Stars Wars Craft.

There are lots of creative and easy Stars Wars crafts to choose from this Star Wars Day. You could make a Drengir Plant Pot (click HERE), a Boba Fett Tissue Box (click HERE) or a Darth Maul Bookmark (click HERE).

Make a Star Wars Themed Snack.

Why not combine cooking and creativity to make a fun Stars Wars themed snack? There are lots of fun recipes to choose from including Yoda Pancakes (click HERE), Dianoga Spagetti Meatballs (click HERE) and Princess Leia Apple Snacks (click HERE).


Death Of Tom Hickey, Star Of ‘The Riordans’.

Sadly, today May 2nd 2021, the death has been announced of Actor Mr Tom (Thomas) Hickey, South Circular Road, Dublin and late of Co. Kildare.

Mr Hickey appeared on stage and screen in a career that began in the early 1960s. Alas, in more recent years he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Mr Hickey was one of the founding members of Dublin’s Focus Theatre and went on to work with many of Ireland’s leading playwrights and directors. However, he will possibly be best remembered for his television role as ‘Benjy Riordan’ in the rural Ireland Telefís Éireann series, ‘The Riordans’.

In the early to mid 1970s, I had the great honour of working with Mr Hickey on several occasions, as a member of Irish Actors Equity, and while working as a ‘film extra’ during the making of several outside broadcast episodes of the same Irish television drama, while on location in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

Mr Hickey, passed away peacefully while in the care of staff at Orwell Private Nursing Home, Rathgar, Co. Dublin, surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his son Lee, brothers Kieran, Tim and John B, sisters Philomena and Annemarie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, former colleagues in the theatre community and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.