Past Events
Trip to the Print Museum Dublin Sunday 18th May
The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of the printing craft and posters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
Cruthú Table Quiz held in Hennessy’s Lounge in Blessington on Friday 4th October
The Cruthú Table Quiz held in Hennessy’s Lounge in Blessington on Friday 4th October was won by from Left in photo: Mary Brady, Margaret Sneyd, Patrick Sneyd.  A total of 14 teams competed with several teams in the running for the top position right up until the last round.  Questions covered a diverse range of topics and there was something for everybody.  It was a very sociable evening enjoyed by all present.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who came along to support, and for Hennessy’s for providing a fantastic venue.

Art Trip April (2013)

Cruthú members enjoyed a great day on Sunday 21st April out with a visit to a wonderful exhibition by the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, 135th Exhibition, in The Concourse Gallery, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall.

Following lunch in Dunlaoghaire, we then continued on to the Casino in Marino for a very interesting guided tour of what is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. There was also an installation in the Casino by Cleary and Connolly ‘ The Absent Architect’.

Once again the sun shone all day. Watch out for the inevitable inspired artworks from Cruthú members.


Russborough Demesne Tour on Friday 19th April (2013)

Russborough Demesne Tour on Friday 19th April. Members of Cruthú along with staff of Russborough House and members of the Irish Horticultural Society enjoy a tour of Russborough Demesne with Eric Blatchford C.E.O. Beautiful sunshine and very interesting tour – recommended.

Blessington though that past (2011)

Using similar sizes canvasses and subject matter largely but not exclusively from the ‘Blessington Heritage Trail’ Cruthu Art Group is proud to present

BLESSINGTON THROUGH THE YEARS  ‘an interpretation of local heritage and commercial sites by members’ This was an opportunity to collaborate on a project with a common theme but individuals exercised freedom in style and approach to the subject matter. Members involved themselves very enthusiastically, and it was a challenge and a lot of fun to try something new.

1. Blessington Book Shop by Annette Moore,
2. Church of Our Lady by Margaret Boud,
3. Downshire Hotel Blessington by David O'Toole,
4. Downshire Monument by Carmel Mc Hugh,
5. Four Stones Tree by Geraldine Brady
6. Hennessy's Lounge by Alan Brady
7. Horse Shoe Arch and Gate Piers to Downshire house by Emonn Heffernan
8. Market House and Courthouse by Aisling Creegan
9. St. Joseph's Hall By Sandra Bealin
10. St. Mark's Cross Burgage by Cyndi Tivnan
11. St. Mary's Church by Jane Lawlor
12. The downshire Lodge by Paula O'Sullivan
13. Toll House Blessington, by Lisa Charles
14. St. Patricks Holy Well by Anne Cowie and Sally Joyce.

Farmleigh and Aras and Uachtarain (2012)

Cruthú Members outing to Farmleigh and Aras and Uachtarain. This trip took place on Saturday 21st April.
Yet again the sun shone for a wonderful Cruthú day out. Farmleigh and the Aras were stunning- inside and out. For many of the 10 members in the group it was the first time to visit both venues.


It is still possible to have a good value day out. Tours of both the houses are free. Tickets for the Aras are available on a first come first served basis on a Saturday morning at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre.

Also at Farmleigh the group enjoyed a walk around the grounds- with the walled garden in full bloom, as well as 2 exhibitions:
A photography Exhibition in the Motorhouse by Motoko Fujita entitled ‘The Shadow of James Joyce’, and ‘Hall of Mirrors’ by Cleary and Connolly in The Farmleigh Gallery. Thanks to Andrew Auld for transporting us so efficiently on the day.

www.farmleigh.ie

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www.phoenixpark.ie

Easter Treasure Hunt 2012.

Easter Treasure Hunt 2012. This family event/ fund raiser was held in conjunction with Russborough House on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. There were many families returning from last years’ event and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a new shelving system and some new lights for the premises. Thanks to helpers Mary and Owen who braved the cool weather to sit outside and register the entrants.



Cruthú Table Quiz held in Hennessy’s Lounge in Blessington on Friday 14th October
The Cruthú Table Quiz held in Hennessy’s Lounge in Blessington on Friday 14th October was won by from Left in photo: Kenneth Doolin, Patrick Sneyd, Andrew Sneyd & Margaret Sneyd.  A total of 16 teams competed with several teams in the running for the top position right up until the last round.  Questions covered a diverse range of topics and there was something for everybody.  It was a very sociable evening enjoyed by all present.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who came along to support, and for Hennessy’s for providing a fantastic venue.

Exhibition at Earlsford Terrace (Dublin Contemporary 2011)
Cruthú celebrated Culture Night with an outing the following Sunday 25th September to Dublin contemporary Exhibition at Earlsford Terrace. This was a highly enjoyable trip with something for everybody. As you will see from the photos, the exhibits put Cruthú members in quite a 'reflective’ mood. Runs until the end of October – highly recommended.

Visit website www.dublincontemporary.com

Russborough , Culture Night 2011.
Russborough , Culture Night 2011.

Glasnevin and Botanic Gardens trip 2011
Excellent trip in the company of 12 Cruthú members and friends. Our guide at Glasnevin was Paddy Glesson from Baltyboys who gave us a fascinating insight into the history of Glasnevin. After Betty's birthday cake in the restaurant we headed to the Botanic Gardens where in addition to the usual exhibits we viewed an exhibition of craft by the West Cork Craft and Design Guild.

Creative voyage 2010

15 Cruthu members set off on a creative voyage through Wicklow on Sunday 14th November on what turned out to be the most relaxing , creative and enjoyable day. The weather was fantastic and everything looked stunning– well at least the scenery did !

The trip took in a number of stops to practice photography techniques. Followed by a visit to Kilmantin Arts Gallery in Wicklow town www.kilmantin.com This a community based art group who operate a shared premises like ourselves. Our thank to Kilmantin president Ted Veal who opened the premises on a Sunday especially for our visit, and his fellow members who were on hand to answer our questions.

After an excellent lunch in Halpins Bridge Café (recommended), we then proceeded to The Wicklow Art Gallery in Rathnew which has an excellent permanent exhibition. The official opening and wine reception for a new exhibition by Kenneth Webb just happened to be going on so we were in quite elevated artistic company. After another photo stop at Clara Vale we headed for home. The end of a perfect day.

Everybody agreed that they would enjoy more similar outings, and we will plan some new itineraries in 2011.

New Premises Opening (2010)
The Cruthu Gallery at Russborough was officially opened by Rebecca Storm on the 25th July 2010. Rebecca was very charming and spoke to everyone. She also made a presentation to Mairead O Hara – winner of the 2010 Library exhibition prize. To mark the occasion there was a free draw for 2 tickets to the upcoming Rebecca Storm concert in Blessington Tramway Theatre. The tickets were kindly donated by Blessington Theatre Group. A special thank you to Rebecca Storm for giving of her time so graciously.

Car Treasure Hunt, Sunday 11th April 2010
On a blistering hot Spring afternoon, Cruthú members and family and friends set off on fun filled adventure travelling around Blessington and Lake area, terminating at Russborough House. Each team had to find the clues and solve the puzzles. Everybody who took part agreed that it was an event big on fun and imagination. Prizes were sponsored by the Avon Rí and The Ballymore Inn. The Casey family from Blessington were the eventual winners, beating off some stiff opposition for the Tivnan Family who were runners up.

Art Fest 2008 and 2009

A great week-end was had by all. The weather was fine, frosty but no rain.  On Friday night Eric Blatchford from Russborough opened our exhibition, there was a good crowd of people, a bit of wine and some sales. On Saturday and Sunday nights there was a concert in the house, where during the interval those attending the concert, came though our exhibition.

Sunday was our best day for sales and people going through all day. A Special thanks, must go to Emily, Eoghan, and Paul who did trojan work to get all the exhibits so well displayed.

Art in Action 
Art in Action at Townley Hall, Art in Action is a 3-day arts & crafts festival where top artists and craftspeople from many different disciplines are invited to set up studio and demonstrate their work and skills live.
(not a Cruthu event) 

visit at www.artinaction.ie

Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre exhibition
Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre exhibition

Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Cruthu members paid a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. The museum is situated in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin which is one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland.


The Blue Gardenia
The Blue Gardenia can be found on the Tallaght to Blessington Road and was formerly known as The Brittas Inn, 

Éigse
Éigse Carlow Arts Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival in Carlow in the south east of Ireland.