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YOUNG TALENT Ballina’s Michael Moloney first shot to fame after appearing on the Late Late Toy show in 2020.

Michael Moloney to perform at Cruinniú na nÓg festivities

The Linenhall Arts Centre is marking Cruinniú na nÓg 2022, Ireland’s national day of celebrating children’s creativity, in a big way. This Saturday, June 11, children and young people to delve into their artistic capabilities by taking part in a thoroughly engaging programme of workshops.
This year, projects will explore the topic of our wonderful waterways, with this celebration of young creativity all wrapped up with an all ages concert with Ballina singer-songwriter Michael Moloney, who many will remember from his Late Late Toy Show appearance.
Kicking off proceedings at 10am is ‘Fly n Fish’, aimed at children aged 4-8 years, which will be facilitated by the Linenhall’s community artists, Daniel and Isaac. In this interactive workshop children will create colourful and expressive artwork inspired by angling flies and fish.
Artist Alice Dixon will then introduce young people to the style and technique of abstract painting, ‘Colour My World’, with a twist at 11am. Dedicated to children aged 11-16, this visual art workshop will see participants focus on the incredible rivers here in Mayo, working with glow-in-the-dark paint to give their pieces an extraordinary lease of life. The neon artwork created will be displayed in the black-box auditorium during the all-ages concert with Michael Moloney that evening.
A concertina book workshop titled ‘Our Castlebar River’, for those aged 8-11 with artist and illustrator Melanie Whelan at 2.30pm will explore our knowledge, memories and experiences of local rivers and lakes. Attendees will design new artwork using a variety of materials, including ordnance survey maps, and with techniques used by comic-book artists and visual communicators. The motto being: together we can piece together our local waterways.
The grand finale, a concert with the remarkable talent that is Michael Moloney at 6pm will top off this special day. Since his sensational Late Late Toy Show performance in 2020, Michael has recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin, and was signed to major record label Universal Music. He has also performed at Sea Sessions, opening for Moncrieff and has the support of Irish superstar Dermot Kennedy.

All events on Saturday, June 11, are free, but spaces are limited so booking is essential. Contact the Linenhall’s box office at 094 9023733 or visit