Easter Monday 17 April 2017 | 10am – 9.30pm

Cruinniú na Cásca is a new, large-scale, free, festival that invites members of the public across the country to join in a spirited celebration of contemporary Irish life, multiculturalism and creativity.

In South Dublin County in 2017 the focus will be on Tallaght as a Creative Hub with a full programme of events hosted throughout the day. South Dublin County Council, The Civic Theatre, County Library, Rua Red Arts Centre and Tallaght Community Arts have collaborated and programmed a day of FREE CULTURAL EVENTS to include talks, film, interactive exhibitions, workshops, outdoor installations and an evening concert.

The Civic Theatre presents Shapeshifters & the Children of Lir, Plus Post Show Discussion. Candlelit Tales will enchant and enthral with their stirring retelling of the multiple lives and forms of being that shapeshifters have inhabited through Irish Myth. In particular they will bring back to life The Children of Lir, a much loved but in truth little known story of our being as a nation. Dreamtime Revisited: a ten year anniversary memorial to John Moriartyis a fitting tribute, in the medium of film, to Irish philosopher sage John Moriarty, who died ten years ago just after completing his distinguished autobiography Nostos.Crash Ensemble with Adrian Crowley perform an evening concert. (Booking 01 4627477, https://www.civictheatre.ie/about-us/what-we-do/cruinniu-na-casca/


Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centrepresents ‘Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall’ featuring an ‘Acoustic Radar’ and ‘Flare Horn Rig’, sound sculptures based on World War 1 listening devices and a film Have you forgotten me – Mr Haynes?

‘Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall‘ explores the associative links between the forgotten metaphor of the stormy petrel and the forgotten history of the revolutionary women couriers of 1916. The film uses archival footage from a variety of sources and will run throughout the day with a break for an Artists Talk in the afternoon by Orla Ryan, Brian Hand and Alanna O’Kelly. In the evening Rua Red will host a panel discussion ‘Ireland 101 years on’. South Dublin County is made up of 120 different nationalities.The panel will look at the new Ireland of 2017 and the new Irish 101 years on from the Easter Rising. Does remembering and reflecting help us to reimagine a new future for a new Ireland or does it further dislocate and distance our new population? (Booking 01 451 5680,info@ruared.ie )


Tallaght Community Artspresents All Our Futures – A journey of recording the past and present towards a shared future. In their tented photographic studio, they will reimagine the studios of yester-year. Photographer Jonathan Stokes will take formal photographs of 30 invited family and friendship groups. Each group will be photographed with an old photograph to link the past with the present. The story associated with each image will be recorded.


To complete the event, we will have an end of pier style cut-out where members of the public can enjoy photographing themselves and contributing to an online photo exhibition across the day.

All Our Futures re- imagines a time before digital cameras when family and friends gathered at photographic studios or photo booths on national holidays to have their photographs taken.

The archive will be continued over the next five years to invited groups each Easter Monday until 2022 as part of our Independence Anniversary Programme. (Further information contact Jennifer 0861714024 or email tony@tallaght-arts.ie)

Tallaght County Librarywill mark the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Tallaght and are proud to present a window installation that recounts the events of that fateful day in 1867.



  1. This inaugural Cruinniú na Cásca programme in 2017 offers a real opportunity for collaboration between programmers in a day of events that explores our Place and Identity; our Past and our Future. The day is a welcome addition to the cultural calendar of the county and will embed culture in the community in the years ahead.

Presented by RTÉ as part of theCreative IrelandProgramme, Cruinniú na Cásca, which translates directly as ‘a meeting at Easter’, will see the streets and public spaces of our nation’s cities, towns and villages come to life with an enormous range of live music and dance, theatre, art and coding workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, special events and more. For full information on the South Dublin County programme visit: www.sdcc.ie/cruinniu

For the full national programme visit: https://cruinniu.rte.ie/