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12 June 2021

Bright Young Things: Creative Ambassadors


Meet our fantastic Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 ambassadors!

With Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 calling children and young people nationwide to unleash their creativity for Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday 12th June 2021, what better way to get into the spirit of this unique day than by meeting our amazing Creative Ambassadors!

Their inspiring individuality, enterprising attitude and sheer determination to create make them a perfect fit to encourage other young people to unlock their own creative potential.

Ruarc Ó Confhaola

No stranger to Cúla4 on TG4, 7 year old Ruarc from Connemara is already quite the TV personality. He has been passionate about performing from a very young age and when we asked him what advice would you give young people to encourage their creativity? He replied – “Express your creativity as much as you can. Try different things as often as possible and have fun with it!” When Ruarc is acting, he tries to learn as much as he can about the character. “When I am learning my lines, I like to draw pictures of the scene and how I imagine it to be”. At school he credits his teacher Deirdre as his creative hero. “She encourages me and my class every day to be creative. We are always trying new art, acting, poetry, dance and music projects”. Keep an eye out for Ruarc on Cruinniú na nÓg campaigns on TG4. He is thrilled and honoured to be Ambasadóir Gaeltachta for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 and we are honoured to have him.

 Zahra and Hafsah Syed

Sisters Zahra and Hafsah from Dublin are many creative strings to their bows. Both featured in the recent ‘This Is Art’ an inclusive nationwide, young people’s art competition and digital gallery run by RTEjr. Zahra likes to paint – “I find art relaxing; it helps me forget about everything else around me. I live in a large family so it can be quite hard to find a quiet space to paint. When I am doing my art I tell my family not to disturb me or make any noises around me as I like to concentrate when I paint.”

Sixteen year old Hafsah loves designing with henna “I’ve been playing around with henna since I was very young.  For celebrations such as weddings or Eid, we always gather around at home and draw henna designs on one another. It definitely is an important part of my culture and it’s an important part of me. 

You have to be very careful when drawing on henna; you need to really focus on the design you are making. What I like most about using henna is if I were to make a mistake, it doesn’t affect the design in a negative way; in fact it creates a more interesting design than before”

Matthew Hurrell O’Connor

Matthew has been interested in music all his life. He has tried his hand at many instruments but settled on traditional music. As a member Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann he won 2019 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann when he came first in the bodhrán competition for 15 to 18 year olds. Not only does he play the bodhrán, but he also makes them! We are impressed and you will be even more impressed when you see what a great teacher he is too. He will be one of the tutors this year for our Creative Call to Action – Beat Your Drum.