Thursday 1 February 2024

Imbolc, Spring and St Brigid's Day greetings

Happy Brigid's Day.

Here's a beautiful poem to reflect on by our very own Rose Moran who came to our Brigid's Cross and Weaving Workshop last Saturday and shared it with us. 

Imbolc Blessings.

Friday 20 October 2023

Ancient Ways launch


We are delighted to announce a date for the launch of our book Longford's Ancient Ways, a celebration of the beauty and heritage of Longford through imagery, story, and lore. 

Celebrate the mythology, folklore, and biodiversity of our lovely Longford with us on the 7th November at 7pm in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Our long-time friend and colleague from many ventures, Pat Kelleher, will be saying a few kind words on the day. All welcome and all invited to purchase a book which we hope you will enjoy for many a year to come.

Wednesday 1 February 2023

Pre-order Longford's Ancient Ways


We are delighted to announce that we are now taking pre-orders for our new book Longford's Ancient Ways. The book is a celebration of our county's mythology, folklore and biodiversity as we look at how the ancient festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lúnasa continue to be celebrated from times past to today. Launching it on the eve of the first Bank Holiday to celebrate St Brigid's Day makes it even more special as we now have a public holiday to mark each of the turnings of the seasons.

The book is a visual feast, full of our photos and illustrations as well as our words and stories. Watch this space for more details over the coming weeks. Pre-order your copy here.

Thursday 1 September 2022

Heritage in Schools visits


Now taking bookings for visits to schools between September and December through the Heritage in Schools scheme: Ann or Annette can come to your school for one day, or if you book five sessions with the same specialist the fifth visit is free. Choose from Storytelling and mythology; Life in the Iron Age; Exploring your Townland or Biodiversity in the school garden.

Storytelling and mythology
Scéalta Beo come in Celtic costume and have props and visual aids to enhance their storytelling. Mythology and storytelling helped our ancestors understand and deal with crisis, which makes them very important tools in this era of climate change. We tell many of the ancient stories of the Tuatha Dé Dannan our favourite being the local legend of Midir and Etain. Midir was known as a judge and given the task of restoring the balance which is very relevant to the times we live in.
Life in the Iron Age
Interactive practical activities, discussions and stories combine to demonstrate what life was like in Iron Age/Early Medieval Ireland. The session(s) can cover aspects of society and every day activities: buildings, clothing, jewellery and metalwork, food, biodiversity, games such as fidchell, weaving, foraging, natural dyeing, Brehon Laws including the importance of trees, fire festivals and ogham script.
Exploring your Townland
Discover all you need to research and explore your townland: delve into its history, find out the meaning of its name and look at local built and natural heritage close up. Using this as inspiration create your own art or writing based on what you learn.
Biodiversity in the school garden
Whether you want to design a vegetable garden from scratch, develop sensory areas, get guidance for the Biodiversity Green Flag or just look closely at native trees, mini-beasts or animal habitats around your school, Scéalta Beo can help you explore and creatively interact with the outdoor learning environment, getting hands-on experience and connecting with the living stories all around us.
See our award-winning biodiversity videos here:

Wednesday 17 August 2022

Midir and Etain to visit Ardagh and Corlea

 Link to the Midir and Etain Trail on Google Earth

Join us in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre from 12 to 1pm and in Corlea Trackway Centre from 3 to 4pm on Sunday 21st for a fun-filled retelling of the tale of Midir, Etain, Eochaidh, some games of fidchell and a road in the bog.

Joint event with Corlea for Heritage Week

Tochmarc Étaíne - The Wooing of Etain

21 August, 12pm - 1pm & 3pm - 4pm

A jointly hosted event by Creative Ardagh / Scealta Beo and Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre/OPW.

An imaginative, humorous adaption of the epic love story of Midir & Etain for you to enjoy.

This is the story of the fierce, handsome Midir, of the Tuatha de Danann, and Etaín, the most beautiful woman in Ireland.

A tale of love, jealousy, loss, magic, shape shifting, Fidchell, impossible tasks and a giant causeway of Oak .

Performed by local actors, Scéalta Beo & Clann Chorr Re-enactors in two acts.

Act 1: Midir, Etain & Bri Leith,

Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Venue: Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre and Grounds.

Act 2: Midir, Etain, Eochaidh & The Trackway

Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Venue: Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre

A two hour break is included to facilitate travel from Ardagh to Corlea via the Midir & Etain Trail & Food.

Both Mac's Shack &  Foigha Bar serve delicious meals while 2 Mugs Coffee Trailer offers coffee, teas, light refreshments at Mosstown Harbour. 

We encourage audience participation so why not  dress up and join in the fun. 

No booking required. Open to all ages but children must be supervised at both venues.

For further information please contact the Visitor Centre at 043 3322386/ or Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre 086 3027602 /

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Monday 25 July 2022

Annual Bilberry Sunday walk


The annual Bilberry Sunday walk takes place on 31st July 2022 in association with Crúthu Arts Festival. Join us for some or all of the celebrations: 


Meet at Ardagh GAA Pitch and follow our local guide and wealth of knowledge Brendan Farrell of Ardagh Village Landscapes along the Brí Leith Walk. We will be accompanied by our local Celtic Re-enactors Clann Chorr and Scéalta Beo storytellers.

1pm (ish)

Everyone is welcome to picnic in the garden of the Neighbourhood Park at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Don't forget to bring your picnic blankets and picnic!


Our special guest this year is Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland who will give a talk about the important connections between Brí Léith (Ardagh) and Newgrange as they are found in the romantic tale Tochmarc Étaín (the Wooing of Étaín).

Anthony has been studying the mythology of the Brú na Bóinne complex for over 20 years and has found some fascinating material in the old stories. He is an author, tour guide and photographer from Drogheda. He has published nine books inspired by the mythology and archaeology of the great prehistoric monuments of the Boyne Valley. In 2018, he discovered the remains of a giant late Neolithic henge close to Newgrange. He curates the Mythical Ireland website and social media channels and broadcasts a weekly livestream. He has appeared as an expert on the Boyne Valley on the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Science and Channel 4.