Monday, 3 July 2017

Workshops in conjunction with the Leinster Fleadh

We are delighted to have been asked to get involved with by the Leinster Fleadh by the organisers in Ballymahon. We will offer a range of creative heritage-based workshops during the week from 10th to 15th July at 11am and 2pm daily.
Monday 10th July: Midir and Etain felting workshop
Bring the legend to life: listen to our story, be inspired by our collection and create a scene using unspun wool.

Tuesday 11th July:  The King at the Back of the Hill weaving workshop
Hear about King Maine, be inspired by the finds of the dig and create an art piece by weaving various fabrics and fibres.
Wednesday 12th July: Ardagh Saints clay symbols workshop
Learn about  saints in Ardagh, be inspired by symbols in Early Christian art and create a inlayed clay tile.
Thursday 13th July: Sketching in the Village
Join us on a tour of the model estate village and sketch landmarks such as the Clock Tower, Lych Gate, etc. (Indoor option if weather doesn't co-operate)

Friday 14th July:King at the Back of the Hill
Make your own model Iron Age fort like King Maine's using clay and sticks etc.
Saturday 15th July: Midir and Etain paint the legend workshop
Be inspired by the beautiful legend of Midir and Etain and create your own painting.

Prices: €10 per person including all materials. Workshops are approximately 1.5 to 2 hrs in duration.
All ages welcome from toddler to adult. Children must be accompanied.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tickets now on sale for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tickets for our unique retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the idyllic outdoor setting of Ardagh are now on sale through Eventbrite.
The local legend of Midir and Etain inspired a bard from Brittany (in the 12th Century) to pen ‘Lai d’Orphrey’ which then inspired Shakespeare to pen this beautiful comedy. After years of dreaming and months of planning we are now at the final stages of rehearsals and are very excited about the upcoming performance.
Tickets are €10 for adults and €6 for children (under 5s free). Light refreshments from Chef Martin O'Connor of Cook n Dine Longford are included at the intermission.
Please note this is an outdoor performance and the action will move from the garden through Ardagh Neighbourhood Park woods. Please bring along a portable chair and rain gear (no umbrellas please).
This is the first ever full length performance from Creative Ardagh Players and some of our cast have never acted before so we are already very proud of their achievements. Come along and give them your support on Saturday 1st July at 7.00pm sharp. Fairy dress optional but encouraged. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Summer Camps filling up fast

Our popular Summer camps are filling up quickly. Get in touch to book your place before it's too late.
More details here:

Here's a look back on a one day last year:

Monday, 8 May 2017

Readings for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Calling all with an interest in performing in our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We are holding readings this Friday from 7pm to 9pm in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Come along for a chance to play Shakespeare while having fun. No experience necessary. Age 12+ to adults welcome. If you would like to take part but can't make it on Friday evening get in touch by phone or email.

Performance will take place on the grounds and in the woods on Saturday 1st July. Thanks to Creative Ireland Longford Committee for their support.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cruinniú na Cásca - Midir and Etain in Wonderland

We had a fantastic day yesterday at our Cruinniú na Cásca Midir and Etain in Wonderland event. We were fully booked so over 80 people took part in the festivities. We searched the forest for fairies and flying fish, went down the rabbit tunnel to Wonderland and performed the Midir and Etain play. The roses were painted red for the Red Queen (or is it Fuamnach?). The Mad Hatter (or maybe that's Midir) and Alice hosted a wonderful tea party with delicious treats from chef Martin of Cook n Dine Longford and butterflies Etain and Absolem fluttered around joining in the fun. Amazing creations were made in the art room while the White Rabbit and Easter Bunny hid their delicious chocolate eggs around the garden. Thanks to everyone who came along and all our helpers for making it such a success. #Cruinniu #Cruinniunacasca #CreativeIrl #creativeardagh #CreativeIrelandLongford

Monday, 17 April 2017

Poetry and Art with Fairies

Create art inspired by poetry and fairies in celebration of Poetry Day Ireland.
Have you a favourite Fairy Poem? Anything from Spenser's Faerie Queene, Yeat's 'Stolen Child' or a fairy nursery rhyme? Come along and enjoy a relaxed afternoon of poetry reading and create your own art piece based on whatever poem inspires you most. Choose from drawing, painting or mixed media and enjoy a cup of tea and chat too. Suitable for all ages from toddler to adult. €5 per person.
Call 086 3027602 to book.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Midir and Etain in Wonderland

Easter Monday 17th April, 3pm to 5pm
To celebrate Creative Ireland's Cruinniú na Cásca, Alice is visiting the Wonderland of Ardagh, home of the Legend of Midir and Etain. Is the Red Witch really Fuamnach? Is the White Witch Etain? Is the Mad Hatter Midir? Join the White Rabbit on his quest for the way into Tir na nÓg - you might even find a few eggs.
The story will inspire you at our Arts and Crafts workshop and then let your imagination run wild on our White Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt. Family fun for all ages.
Free event with support from Creative Ireland, Longford. Booking required, call, text or email us: Annette 0863027602; Ann 0872326553;