Cruinniú na Cásca - A New Day to Get Together and Celebrate Us


29th March 2017, Wicklow: On Monday 17th April 2017, Killruddery House and Russborough House will open their doors to families across Wicklow as part of Cruinniú na Cásca – a Creative Ireland initiative presented by Wicklow County Council. The day will include fun for all members of the family with free events across the arts and heritage fields. Everybody’s welcome!

 Russborough House will kick the day off with performances of The Quiet Tree & the Creatures of Whistleberry Forest for children aged 2-5 years, followed by readings by Bisto Award Winning children’s author Julian Gough for children aged 6-9 years. The day will then be topped off with a family concert by the much loved foot-stomping KÍLA. Throughout the day, there will also be face-painting, balloon making and some surprises as a beloved children’s author’s character comes to life. Brambles Café and Ice Cream Store will be open throughout the day. Music Generation Wicklow’s Traditional Music Group from Blessington will play a selection of lively tunes at lunchtime in the Courtyard to keep your toes tapping and a smile on your face. They are a super group of young musicians who play a large range of traditional instruments.

 In Kilruddery House, children’s authors Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Michael Emberley will read, play and entertain to start the day. There will be a performance of WOOLFE by Replay Theatre Company for 6-9 years and Maitiú Ó Casaide and Eithne Ní Cáthain will perform a special concert for families from 4pm. And fresh from a nationwide tour, the Booka Brass Band will close the night with a performance not to be missed.

Bray Jazz will also host a performance in The Well in Bray on the night. The Calary Music Festival concert will feature solo and group pieces performed by a number of local young members of Comhaltas, including Rachel Duffy, a harpist and graduate of the Trinity College School of Music. As it is part of Cruinniú na Cásca, this concert is a free event and therefore there is no need to book seats.

 And Shekina Sculpture Garden in Glenmure will be open from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.  

As part of the all-of-Government Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities around the country will host their own free family friendly Cruinniú na Cásca initiatives in their own counties.

 All events are ticketed and require booking in advance. Please visit for full programme or click on the pdf below. For bookings, please visit



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