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12 June 2021

St. Patrick’s Festival x Cruinniú na nOg


St. Patrick’s Festival is delighted to be involved in Cruinniú na nÓg 2021, showcasing some of our much loved content from SPF Óg 2021.

On Saturday 12th June at 12pm, tune in to SPF TV for some science, history, reading and illustration!

Science at Home with Dr. Dan Nickström & Midlands Science 12:00pm

The team at Midlands Science has been working with science communication experts to create new science shows and other online learning resources and running them online over the past year to help ensure that young people can continue to sustain their engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) from their own home during these very different times.

 ‘Science at Home’ is an entertaining show that explores the science of everyday things at home and has been running since March 17th 2020 following the school closures. All episodes are available on the Youtube channel of Midlands Science and will be available there as full archive.

Science at Home is suitable for primary level but has to date been enjoyed by all ages. Science at Home is part of Midlands Science’s response to having to move its outreach and engagement with science online.

It commissioned Dr Dan Nickstrom, a physicist and science communicator from NUI Maynooth and Apple Tart Productions to create online fun, engaging and educational science resources that would explore the science in all the things that are around us.

An Féileacán agus an Rí – athinsint ar sheanscéal ó mhiotaseolaíocht na hÉireann, léite ag an t-údar Máire Zepf.

Irish with English subtitles.

The Butterfly and the King – a retelling of one of Ireland’s most ancient myths by author Máire Zepf. In Irish with subtitles in English.

Éist le húdar Máire Zepf agus í ag léamh Leabhar na Bliana (Gradam Reics Carló) ‘An Féileacán agus an Rí’, maisithe ag Shona Shirley MacDonald.

Tá scéal draíochtúil Mhír agus Éadaoin á inse in Éirinn le breis agus míle bliain, ach san athinsint comhaimseartha seo, don chéad uair riamh, tá srianta an scéil tugtha d’Éadaoin í féin.

Mar chuid den fhíseán seo, beidh Máire ag roinnt síol-smaointí lenar féidir le scríbhneoirí óga sa bhaile a gcuid scéalta féin a scríobh. Tá an físeán i nGaeilge, le fotheidil i mBéarla.

Listen to author Máire Zepf as she reads the award-winning book ‘An Féileacán agus an Rí’, illustrated by Shona Shirley MacDonald. The spellbinding tale of Mír and Éadaoin has been told in Ireland for over a thousand years, but in this contemporary retelling, Éadaoin has been given the reins to her own story for the first time ever.

In this video, Máire will also give young writers at home some story starter ideas to write their own stories inspired by the themes of the myth. The video is in Irish, with English subtitles.

Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carló Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide.

The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at QUB (2017-19).

An Féileacán agus An Rí – Illustration Workshop 12:25pm

Ceardlann as Gaeilge ar mhaisiú leabhar le údar agus maisitheoir leabhar Shona Shirley Macdonald.

Illustration workshop in Irish with illustrator & author Shona Shirley Macdonald

Ag tógaint inspioráid ó ainmhithe miotasacha agus lámhscríbhínní maisithe, beimid ag samhlú ár n-ainmhithe fantaiseacha féin, chun míolseanchas iontach a chruthú.

Is maisitheoir leabhar agus údar do pháistí í Shona Macdonald.

Cónaíonn sí i bPort Láirge, agus le déanaí bhuaigh sí Gradam Réics Carló do leabhar Gaeilge na bliana 2020.

I measc a cuid leabhair tá ‘The Pooka Party’, ‘An Feileacán agus an Rí’ (scr. Máire Zepf), agus ‘The Moon Spun Round’ le W.B.Yeats (ed.Noreen Doody).

Taispeánadh a cuid saothair ar fud na hÉireann i dtaispeántais aonaracha agus ghrúpa, agus go hidirnáisiúnta sa Bratislava Illustration Biennial.

Taking inspiration from mythological creatures and illuminated manuscripts, we’ll be inventing our own fantastical and imaginary animals, to create our own ‘Bestiary’!

Shona is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author living in Co. Waterford, her books include The Pooka Party, An Féileacán agus an Rí (scr. Máire Zepf), and The Moon Spun Round by W. B. Yeats (ed. Noreen Doody).

Her work has been exhibited throughout Ireland in both solo and group shows, and internationally at the Bratislava Illustration Biennial.

Materials Required

Sheets of paper or card – A3 & A4, paintbrush, water, scissors, ruler, colouring pencils and pens, pencil sharpener, eraser, BluTack, cold teabag

What’s on the TellyBox? A Handy History of Ireland, presented by Curious State 12:35pm

A Handy History of IRELAND is a collection of funny interviews conducted by finger puppet caricatures. There’s no need to revise any history books because this absurd fictional history of Ireland is completely fabricated. Suitable for all the family. (History teachers look away now!)

Created & performed by Eoin Lynch & Nicholas Kavanagh and composed by Joe Harney.

Curious State is a Waterford-based theatre and street spectacle company.