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;

Monday, 20 March 2017

Hand in Hand Parenting workshops

Zsuzsanna Egry a specialist instructor is visiting from Europe for two days only on 22nd and 23rd April. Explore this cutting edge approach to gentle parenting. Workshops expected to fill fast, book your place now.

Saturday April 22nd:

HELP! Tantrums!

Our otherwise sweet child drops herself on the ground, cries her lungs out, and shakes her limbs in trance… for some kids it happens in a shop, for others when getting dressed, or when having to leave the playground. What is common in these situations is that we, the parents, live the carousel of feelings : shame, anger, desperation, exasperation, powerlessness etc.

We may try to ignore, shout louder, threaten or bribe our child out of the tantrum, but even if our attempt works for a while, the success is short-lived, as our child - more often than not - starts the same scene all over again.

Why do children cry and tantrum, and what can we, the parents do to help them (and ourselves) with the difficult feelings? How can we handle tantrums in a way that does not erode, but on the contrary, strengthens our relationship with our child so we come out of it with a deeper sense of trust and connection?

In this one-day workshop, we will explore and gain insights into these issues and you will get practical tools to:

- prevent tantrums (that are preventable)

- reach your child when he is having big emotions

- help him with his feelings
- stay grounded in the middle of his upheaval
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Sunday April 23rd:

Playful Parenting - how to harness the power of laughter and play to build co-operation and end struggles with your child

Play is the native language of all children in the world, and laughter is like emotional candy. These two - play and laughter - can transform most struggles between parent and child within minutes. And yet, most of us adults are so overwhelmed with the responsibilities of adult life, that we hardly feel the inkling to meet our children where they are at their best: playing and having fun.

However, we make our and their lives much easier, when we start using laughter and play as conscious parenting tools, that can completely replace old-timers like threats, bribes, punishments and rewards. Our struggles with our children need no longer finish in raised voices, guilty feelings, and a distance in our relationship, but - on the contrary - can build an even stronger relationship between us.

In this workshop, we will learn
- how children's brain and emotions work
- about the emotional and physical benefits of laughter and roughhousing
- practical tools to promote laughter without tickling
- strategies to overcome our own resistance to playing and light up own our fun-loving selves
- specific games that can be used to intervene in challenging situations (e.g. sharing toys, leaving the house, going to bed etc.)
- how to help children with their fears through laughter

€25 per day, or €40 for both workshops. Concessions available if price is a barrier, please ask!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

King at the Back of the Hill Anthology - Call out for submissions

Following on from the success of our Midir and Etain anthology two years ago we are delighted to be able to put a call out again for submissions. This year in association with Longford Arts Office and Cruthú Arts Festival we are turning our attention to the King at the Back of the Hill. We hope that we will once again receive art, writing (creative or factual, poetry or prose), photography and creative responses of all kinds to the story of King Maine. Submissions last time came from all over the world and from people aged 3 to 100 year old. We would love to have that diversity again. More information on the Back of the Hill site and its inhabitants can be found here. We hope to add to it soon after hearing Adel Coleman's very interesting talk on the Excavations at the Back of the Hill earlier this evening. We will also be announcing details of our new programme for schools based on the archaeology of the site in the next few weeks.The anthology will be launched on Bilberry Sunday 30th July in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Submissions should reach us by 5th May.

A Midsummer Night's Dream production

Creative Ardagh are planning to have a production of Shakespeare's famous comedy on 1st July 2017. We are looking for anyone aged 12+ to adult interested in taking part in all aspects to get in touch with us.
As well as actors we would love those with an interest in set design, prop making, costume design,
dress-making, lighting, film projection etc. to join us while we decide the style and vision of the production and work together on the finished piece. No experience necessary.
Contact us on 0863027602 or for more details.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The King at the Back of the Hill

 Saturday 11th March at 5.00pm

Join us for a tea-time talk including lecture by archaeologist Adel Coleman on The Excavations at the Back of the Hill to celebrate the latest addition to the heritage exhibition. We will also be launching our new workshops and our open call for the next Anthology of Art and Literature inspired by The King at the Back of the Hill. Light refreshments will be provided.
0863027602 or 0872326553,

Engineer's Week

6th to 10th March: Engineer's Week
Two sessions a day available to schools or other groups, Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 12.00 pm and 12.30pm to 2.00pm.
Come along and meet an engineer or two from our panel which includes civil, electronic and software engineers. Be inspired by what they do and some engineering feats of the past and design and make your vision for the future in a construction workshop.