Friday, 13 January 2017

St. Brigid's Cross workshop

St. Brigid's Day is by tradition on the 1st February, also known as Imbolc. Come along to our workshop on Saturday 28th to prepare. €5 per person. Tea/Coffee provided.
Brigid had strong connections with Ardagh as is evident in the naming of the local Catholic Church and the Holy Well in the locality. She is reputed to have been ordained a bishop by St. Mel in Ardagh and to have established her first convent in the area. We will have a brief discussion on her local connections and her story, links to celtic traditions and get our participants to try their hands at making a St. Brigid's Cross to bring home.
(This workshop can also be adapted for schools/groups at our usual group rates)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Science Week is next week!!

Exploring Colours with Creative Ardagh for Science Week, 13th to 20th November:
Explore the colour properties of light. Separate white light with prisms, explore colour shadows with red, green and blue lights before contrasting this with paint, mixing the different primaries (red, blue, yellow) to make all the rainbow colours and create rainbow spinners that reverse the light splitting process an appear white when spun.
This DPSM workshop is available for bookings from schools and groups Monday to Friday 14th to 18th November. €4 per person for groups of more than 10 or €5 per person for groups of less than 10. Family fun workshop 3pm to 5pm on Saturday 19th November. Watch out for us on RTE Player during the week.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Pay online option for Ardagh Fright Fest

We have now introduced PayPal buttons on most of our Ardagh Fright Fest events. Click on the tabs at If you avail of this option please also contact us to let us know the details of the event paid for and who will be attending so we can ensure to keep your space.
We have tried to keep it simple and hope it will be a useful option for those of you who wish to pay with credit or debit cards as well as your PayPal account.
Please also let us know if you have any problems, or just how you find using the buttons as this is all new to us.
Thanks in advance,
Annette and Ann.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Maths Week coming soon

We are looking forward  to welcoming several school groups for Maths Week from Monday 16th to Thursday 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.

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.

We are also running a special family session on Saturday 15th at 3pm, €5 per person, tea/coffee included for adults.

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!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Frightful Flash Fiction Competition

Creative Ardagh are delighted to present a Frightful Flash Fiction Competition in association with this year's Ardagh Fright Fest.

Get your creative juices flowing and send us in your scariest, spookiest or most twisted tales.
All genres welcome: gothic, fantasy, mythology, sci-fi, reality etc. The only rule is that you stick to a maximum of 300 words.
Full list of spooktacular prizes will be updated soon.

Entry fees: Adults €5 or €10 for three entries
12-18: €4 or €8 for three entries
Under 12 €2 or €4 for three entries.
Maximum words: 300

Send entries by email to: or by post to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford to reach us not later than
5pm on Monday 24th October
Incude your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet.
Fees can be paid online here or by cheque/money order made out to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.

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.