Cruinniú na Cásca

Cruinniú na Cásca

Cruinniú na Cásca

A new national day of culture and creativity will take place nationwide on Easter Monday as part of the Creative Ireland programme.


The Dunamaise Arts Centre is the venue hosting  the Laois Cruinniú na Cásca programme that will be held from 3.00pm on Easter Monday, April 17.

The annual free festival – directly translated as “a meeting at Easter’ – will also take place in the 31 local authorities in every county across the country.

Cruinniú na Cásca aims to celebrate contemporary Irish society through live music and dance, film, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more.

Portlaoise YT rehearse The Musicians at The Dunamaise

Laois Arts Scene Brought to you by Dunamaise Arts Centre (c) Ciara Drennan 2014-20

For the Laois celebration a  showcase of young people across various artforms to take place in the Dunamaise Arts Centre on Easter Monday, 17th April at 3pm. Members of the Laois Youth Theatre will host the event.


The Cruinniú na Cásca promises to be a stimulating afternoon for all to enjoy. events on the day include performances by the Laois Dance Ensemble, young musicians and singers from Music Generation Laois National Schools Choir, the Junior Jammers, Lonrach  and Senior Infant children from the Holy Family School, Rath and Barnashrone NS.


A performance by John Spillane of his recently composed song 100 Snow White Horses is inspired by Laois history and mythology, people, places and events. An animation inspired by the song and created by students from Paddock NS will be screened as the backdrop to John Spillane’s song. This has been specially commissioned for the occasion and the artist leading the participating children is Caroline Conway.


Admission is free. All are welcome.

Cruinniú na Cásca is a key element of the Government’s Creative Ireland programme 2017 – 2022.  Further details from Muireann Ní Chonaill, Creative Ireland Laois at and 0578664013/4033 and The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Telephone: 353 57 866 3355