Saturday, 3 September 2016

Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with us!

Come along on Saturday 17th September at 3pm to celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.  

Listen to extracts from some of the famous books, play some games from 100 years ago and if you really want to get into the spirit of the day come dressed as your favourite Dahl character and be in with a chance of winning a Golden Ticket to one of our family events.

We'll look at where Dahl got some of his ideas, how writers come up with characters, what makes a memorable character before making our own characters. All ages welcome, €5 per person (tea/coffee included for adults).

School programme: 
How do writers develop their characters?
To celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on 13th September we are also offering integrated art and literature workshops to primary schools throughout Sepember and October. Explore the memorable characters of Dahl favourites such as the BFG, Willie Wonka, The Twits, Matilda and many more before inventing your own and creating them with clay.  Junior or senior level workshops are available on a day that suits you. Contact us for more details.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations next weekend

Fifth Anniversary Celebrations during Heritage Week
Join us for a bumper weekend of activities to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Travel back with us and experience life 100 years ago: Art workshop, games, film and art of the era and fairy trail included. Fun for all ages from toddler to adult, €5 per person, tea/coffee included. Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August at 3pm. We are delighted to announce that Chef Martin of Cook n Dine Longford is hosting a barbecue on Sunday 21st at 4pm. For those who can't make it at the weekend we will have another chance to step back in time with us on Thursday 25th August at 12pm.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pride of Place

We are honoured to have been nominated for a Pride of Place Award for reaching out to the community through art. Over the last five years we have helped thousands of people of all ages and abilities find their creative side and it is great to see that recognised. Thanks go to Frank Horne and Longford County Council for the nomination. Last Thursday we were visited by two lovely judges who made us feel at ease as we told them what we do, showed the presentation below and gave them a tour. We were also joined by Council officials, friends, family and many of our regular attendees and we thank them for coming along and hope they enjoyed the morning celebrations. Congratulations and good luck to Ballinamuck village and Lus na Gréine, Granard who are also up for awards this year.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Lights in the Darkness project

We are very proud to have been involved in this 1916 Commemorative Project.

Lights in the Darkness from Crooked Line Films on Vimeo.

Annual Bilberry Sunday walk next weekend

Bilberry Sunday walk
Join us on Sunday, 31st July 2016, on our annual walk up Brí Leith/Ardagh Mountain. Meeting at GAA pitch at 11am where our guide Brendan Farrell of Ardagh Eco Gardens will lead us on a meander over the hill and not too far away. Paddy Farrell of The Divining Healing Well Clinic will give us a demonstration of divining for water on the mountain. Afterwards in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, over tea and scones, Paddy will give a talk about how divining skills can be used to locate water, minerals, lost people, animals, objects, removal of toxins and much more. Paddy is one of Ireland's best known Diviners and we are delighted to have him come and talk this year.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

“Learning naturally!” with Stefanie Mohsennia

We are very excited to have Stefanie Mohsennia joining us all the way from Germany on Monday 27th June at 2pm. Stefanie will give a presentation on natural learning and all attendees will get a chance to join in the conversation afterwards. The event promises to be enlightening for anyone with an interest in education of all sorts.

“Learning naturally!”
Presentation and conversation with Stefanie Mohsennia

What would “Learning 2.0” look like?
How could learning be more suitable to our human nature?
What would be favorable conditions for young people to learn and grow?

“Schools as we know them are obsolete” (Sugata Mitra)

“Children are by nature smart, energetic, curious, eager to learn, and good at learning; they do not need to be bribed and bullied to learn; they learn best when they are happy, active, involved, and interested in what they are doing; they learn least, or not at all, when they are bored, threatened, humiliated, frightened.” (John Holt, Freedom and Beyond)

- has been involved with home education since about 2002
- is the author of “Schulfrei : Lernen ohne Grenzen”
- is the editor of “Wir sind so frei : Freilerner-Familien stellen sich vor”
- has been organising a local home-ed group in Northrhine-Westfalia for many years
- has taken part in home-ed meetings in 11 different countries over the years
- is far from done with learning herself, for example just finishing her training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique
- has maintained the website from 2004 to 2015
- and has now developed the “Schulfrei-community”, a European networking website for home educators, together with her 17yo son. (

All welcome. Join us from 12pm for a shared lunch (bring something to share) or just for the talk at 2pm. The event is free but donations are very welcome.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016