Saturday, 3 February 2018

New opening hours

From 1st March 2018 we will have extended opening hours for the Craft Shop and Heritage Exhibition on a trial basis as follows:.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am to 1pm; 
  • Thursdays 12pm to 4pm;
  • Saturdays and Sundays 12pm to 5pm.
Self-directed learning and drop-in art continue or Thursdays 12pm to 4pm, €5 per person, per hour.
Heritage and History tours and School Programmes can be booked as usual.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Dream Big this Engineer's Week

This year for Engineer's Week we are delighted to be able to show Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a 42 minute film being shown across Ireland for the first time thanks to STEPS, the organisers of Engineer's Week. 
We will also have one of our panel of civil, electronic and software engineers available to talk to students about what they do afterwards. 
Two sessions a day available to primary and secondary schools or other interested groups, Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March, 10.30am to 12.00 pm and 12.30pm to 2.00pm so book your session before they fill up. €4 per person for groups of more than ten; €5 per person for individuals or smaller groups.


Here's what says about the film:
"Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is film that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all."

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Craft Shop hours for Christmas gift shopping

The newly revamped craft shop will be open as follows for the next three weeks:
Mon 27th Nov 11am to 4pm
Tues 28th Nov 4pm to 9pm
Wed 29th Nov 9.30am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 30th Nov 12pm to 5pm
Fri 1st Dec 2pm to 6pm
Mon 4th Dec 11am to 4pm
Wed 6th Dec 9.30am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 7th Dec 12pm to 5pm
Fri 8th Dec 2pm to 6pm
Sat 9th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Sun 10th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Mon 11th Dec 11am to 4pm
Tues 12th Dec 4pm to 9pm
Wed 13th Dec 9.30am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 14th Dec 12pm to 5pm
Fri 15th Dec 2pm to 6pm
Sat 16th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Sun 17th Dec 1pm to 6pm 

Lots of beautiful Christmas decorations, cards and gifts in stock. New pieces arriving daily. Our Ardagh Tree Fairies 2018 calendars are also available while stocks last. Contact us for more details on 0863027602, 086 1717925 or

Monday, 20 November 2017

Fairy Photo competition winner, calendar launch and revamped shop

Last Wednesday night, 15th November we held a celebration night for all the photographers who entered our Fairy Photo competition earlier in the year. A shortlisted number of photos were selected to feature in the Ardagh Tree Fairies 2018 calendar which was launched on the night with the competition winner Joanne Parker's photo Lainey Fairy on the front cover. Joanne as presented with a framed version of her wining photo while all the competition entries were on display on the night. The exhibition will be up until the end of January.

The revamped craft shop was also revealed on the night and will be open by appointment or during any events and classes over the next few weeks with lots of Christmas decorations, cards and gifts on offer from local craftspeople. The 2018 calendar is available for €5 in the shop or online here for €7.50 including post and packaging.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Spooktacular line-up for Ardagh Fright Fest

Ardagh Fright Fest returns for the third year with the support of Longford Arts Office. This year promises to be the best ever with a full line-up of events from 28th October to 4th November. We have something for every one with three days of fantastic literature events kicking off the week.

This year we are joined by E.R. Murray, Ruth Frances Long, Caroline Busher and Jane Gilheaney Barry for a number of events for children, teens and adults. Favourites such as Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Samhain Walk and Spooky Art Camp return and we also will have visits from Ardagh Tree Fairies for some Scary Fairy Fun. The final event is The Night of the Living Fed Banquet with Cook n Dine Longford on Saturday 4th November.
There's something for everyone as you can see in the at a glance guide below. Most events have limited spaces so book your tickets now.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Maths Week coming soon

Don't forget to book your school groups in for Maths Week from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October. We still have some availability, €4 per person for groups of more than ten, €5 per person for groups of ten or less. Two sessions daily from 10.30am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 2.00pm.

 Will you be able to find some of these shapes around the building? We will also be seeing what shapes we find outside before having some fun creating patterns with tessellating shapes with printing and paper mosaics. This curriculum-linked workshop can be adapted to suit all ages.

If you can't make it along, why not try some tessellations for yourself with this tessellation creator and if you figure out what the hammer does, let us know!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fairies Photography Competition

Our woods have been getting ready for the arrival of the Ardagh Tree Fairies on 20th August. We've spotted lots of new fairy homes and palaces (see photos above). To celebrate this, the continuing Year of the Fairies and the 100th anniversary of the Cottingley Fairies, we are delighted to announce an exciting photography competition. We are looking for fairy-themed photos of all sorts, whether it's your own little (or not so little) fairy in costume, a fairy home, recreations of the Cottingley photos or a real fairy you've caught in a jar we want to see it. A selection of entries will be put on exhibition for two weeks in September/October.
To enter send your fairy-themed photos to and pay the correct entry fee through the link below (1 photo €5 or 3 for €10) by 5pm on Friday 8th September. We will be holding a prize-giving exhibition later in September. Watch this space for more details.

Photo entry (1) €5

Photo entry (3) €10