Wednesday 25 July 2012

Our youngest fairy ready for the ball

Don't forget our Lughnasa Fairy Ball this Saturday from 2pm and Bilberry Walk on Sunday morning at 10am

Thursday 19 July 2012

Chinese starts tomorrow at 7pm

Just a quick reminder that the Chinese language classes start tomorrow evening at 7.00pm. Suitable for adults and children. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult. Contact us for more details.

TV appearance

For anyone who missed our recent appearance on Out and About in Ireland on Sky Showcase you can now watch the show on Ep46 Louisburgh Horse Show starting at about 33 minutes in. Enjoy!

Friday 13 July 2012

Chinese language classes

We are looking forward to having Chinese language (Mandarin) classes  with a native speaker starting next week - Friday 20th July at 7.00pm. €60 for the term. Contact us for more details or to book a place.

Thursday 12 July 2012

Lughnasa Fairy Ball

In the ancient times of Midir and Etain people gathered on Brí Léith (Ardagh Mountain), home of the sidhe fairy people to collect bilberries for the High King's Lughnasa feast in Tara. We are celebrating this tradition with a Fairy Ball on Saturday 28th July and Bilberry Walk on Sunday 29th July. Fancy dress optional.

Come for some or all of the following:
From 2.00 pm: Paint the Legend workshop
Bringing the Midir and Etain legend to life: listen to our storyteller, get inspired by the sculpture, stained glass and paintings of the characters in our collection and paint your favourite scene.

From 4.00 pm Picnic in the grounds
Picnics will be available to purchase in the Midir and Etain cafe or you can bring your own. Tea and coffee for sale all day. Please bring picnic blankets, chairs, plates etc.

From 6.00 pm Fairy Hunt in the Woods
Join our big fairies as they search for their little friends in the woods. We've recently discovered the fairy palace, can you find it?

From 7.00 pm Performance of Midir and Etain legend
Watch the legend re-enacted around you in the lovely surroundings of the neighbourhood park. Bring picnic blankets or chairs to sit on.

Afterwards Fairy Ball - Music and Dance 

Tickets: €20 (admits 1 adult and up to 2 children); Extra child €4; Teens, students and OAPS €10. Booking advisable contact (086) 3027602 or email

Sunday 29th at 10.00am Bilberry Walk on Brí Léith with Brendan Farrell

Meet at Keenan Park GAA grounds for a walk up Ardagh Mountain in search of bilberries (wild blueberries). Tea, Coffee and scones afterwards in Midir and Etain cafe €5 per person.

Saturday 7 July 2012

Drop-in arts and crafts

We are now introducing drop-in rates for arts and crafts. Call in any Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and you can spend time in the art room (space permitting) drawing, painting, printing, cutting, sticking, clay-modelling, knitting, sewing, making or doing for as long as you like. Sit outside if the weather co-operates. All ages from toddlers to adults catered for. Fairy hunts can be arranged on request.

Rates (per person):  Half-hour: €3; One hour: €5; Two hours: €8.

Friday 6 July 2012

Midir and Etain re-enactment

Anybody interested in taking part in a re-enactment of the Midir and Etain legend as part of our Lughnasa celebrations on Saturday 28th July?
Contact us here, by email or 086 3027602

Our TV appearance on 12th July

We are going to be appearing on Thursday 12th July on 'Out & About in Ireland’. Spread the word to all your friends and family please, here's how to tune in:
· SKY TV showcase channel 191 every Thursday at 9.00pm,
· Repeated Sunday at 7pm
· Repeated Monday at 7pm
· Simultaneous broadcast on
and available on Freesat 403 and Free to view services
· Each TV programme is also available on
for VoD (viewing on demand)

Thursday 5 July 2012

Sunday 1 July 2012

Some recent events

We've been very busy with lots going on recently, but somehow haven't found time to update things here too often. Here's a few pictures of what's been happening in the past few months. Watch out for lots more events over the Summer. See our Summer Programme for full details of what's on daily.
Brendan Farrell ran a course on growing your own vegetables during March and April
The 4-12 creativity class were very busy from Easter until the end of June painting, drawing, cutting, sticking, constructing, printing and clay modelling
We had a wonderful day with Padraig from Irish a few weeks ago. Here's some of what you might see when it appears on Out and About in Ireland on Sky Showcase (Channel 201) soon:

For International Music Day on 21st June we had a very enjoyable session organised by the Edgeworthstown Comhaltas group. Here's how they looked and sounded on the night: