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.
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.
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.
Now taking bookings for visits to schools between September and December through the Heritage in Schools scheme: www.heritageinschools.ie. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre 086 3027602 / email@example.com
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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.
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.