Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre

Ireland's Hidden Heartlands home of Midir and Etain. Heritage workshops for schools, groups and families. SFI Centre. Rooms to Rent for meetings or events.

Open by appointment.

Operating as usual


A reminder of our webinar with artist Helen Flanagan this Thursday at 7:30pm.

Helen is a socially engaged artist, writer and member of Friends of Ardee Bog. Her work involves performance, film and radio-making, alongside producing lively social spaces that blend informal education and community knowledge sharing, collaborative making, and magic. Helen will introduce her work and talk about The Bog Cafe, a micro festival come social space which Friends of Ardee Bog started in 2022 as well as some of the groups other projects (a community film, oral history and deep mapping).

Register for this free webinar here:


Tonight’s colourful sunset, in the snow, at one of the strangest prehistoric dolmens in Ireland. Aghnacliffe Dolmen in County Longford is a portal tomb, likely dating to something in the range of 3,800-3,500 BC, but this is a dolmen with a difference.

The giant upper capstone is balanced on a smaller boulder which is resting on just two chamber stones. There is only one portal stone holding up the large capstone. It’s not clear if it was intentionally built like this or whether a second portal stone was originally present and later removed. If there was a second portal stone it may have been somewhat ‘surplus to requirements’ since the capstone does not seem to have extend far enough across the chamber to have been supported by a stone in the usual position.

Maybe there was a second stone originally, but when the capstone was raised into position it balanced best on just the lower capstone and a single portal stone.

The end result is something like a strange megalithic Jenga puzzle.

Brigid's Cross Tutorial 28/01/2024

Brigid's Cross Tutorial We are located in St. Brigid's parish in Ardagh. Each year locals and others walk down to her holy well near the village. Connections to the saint locally go...


Thanks to all who attended today! We hope everyone had a great time. The stories and tales were fascinating. Delighted to see some regulars and new visitors too! Photos to follow, if you have any to share please do. Looking forward to the next event. 🌸🌼🐝


Join us in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre this Saturday 27th at 11am, for a relaxed morning creating different styles of Brigid’s crosses, sharing stories, and weaving a small fabric piece. Free workshops supported by Creative Ireland Longford Longford Library Services

Photos from Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre's post 04/01/2024

We were out and about today. gave us a blacksmithing lesson and we presented him with

Photos from Mary Smyth Art's post 19/12/2023
Photos from Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre's post 19/12/2023
Photos from Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre's post 19/12/2023

These are for sale with us along with some other publications. Just contact us and we will meet you at the centre.


This is a beautiful creation. Go on to the launch for a lovely morning of stories.


🌟 𝙎𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣- 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙢𝙖𝙨 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚 🌟 really looking forward to our concert this Thursday night in the beautiful St. Brigids Church, Ardagh where I’ll be joined by Ray McLouglin and Danny Sheerin.
My favourite time of the year and we hope to give you all the very best night of festive and inspiring music in such a beautiful setting.
See you all Thursday night 🌟
Very limited tickets available by Revolut below


They still have spaces! Go on you know you want to! It should be fun. We are sending Longford's Ancient Ways, postcards and poster maps of Ardagh with Mary Smyth Art who has a stall at it with her beautiful cards, postcards and prints. Pop in and buy local for Christmas.

Spaces still available
contact: [email protected] or PM to Studio Arts and Crafts

Ardagh ICA Ardagh Moydow Reaching Out Jacinta Baxter Designs Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre Ballycloghan/Carrickboy Community Notice Board Longford Federation Ica Irish Girl Guides - Ardagh, Co Longford. Ardagh Moydow GAA Longford Tourism Leo Longford Local Enterprise Office Longford County Longford PPN

Photos from Scéalta Beo's post 09/12/2023

This is where we are today. At the Yuletide Fair in Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre . Come along and buy a book or three. Lovely Christmas present ❤️

Photos from Scéalta Beo's post 09/12/2023

Head over Granard Motte Community Enterprise CLG way today and buy our book... a great present for someone or maybe a treat for yourself.

Photos from Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre's post 25/11/2023

Book on sale along with some beautiful work by Mary Smyth Art


A big Go raibh maith agaibh to:
❤️ All who attended our book launch on the 7th November, it was a lovely night.
❤️ Our friend Pat for launching it.
❤️ All who bought in advance!
❤️All who bought since.
❤️All waiting on their copy, for your patience, we are getting through the list of preorders - we've a hectic,fun and busy term with visits.
❤️All the well wishers who wanted to attend but couldn't make it on the night.
❤️ Shelley Corcoran Photography for taking photos on the night.
❤️ Longford Leader / Longford Live for the lovely write up.
❤️ RosFM 94.6 for having us as guests on the Arts Program Sula Leadus .

Contact Ann 0861717925 or Annette 0863027602 to get a copy or buy one from Mary Smyth Art at the craft fair in Edgeworthstown this Saturday or from us at the Yuletide Fair in Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre on the 9th December. Watch this space for our own event here too. Longford Library Services Longford Historical Society Longford County Council Longford Tourism Longford Chamber

Photos from Community Wetlands Forum's post 21/11/2023

Reminder! All welcome.


Ireland 1845-52. "Families slept on dried rushes or straw thrown on the floor. Fifty-one percent of the population were living in the most wretched of conditions - 4th class housing (mud huts). With hundreds of thousands in 3rd class houses (small stone cabins), which were little better. If any sign of material progress presented itself, it would attract the attention of the landlord or agent. This could lead to a crippling increase in rent".Taken from The Truth Behind The Irish Famine:

Mobile uploads 30/10/2023

We are delighted to announce a date for the launch of our book Longford's Ancient Ways, a celebration of the beauty and heritage of Longford through imagery, story, and lore. Celebrate the mythology, folklore and biodiversity of our lovely Longford with us on the 7th November at 7pm in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Our long-time friend and colleague from many ventures, Pat Kelleher, will be saying a few kind words on the day. All welcome and all invited to purchase a book which we hope you will enjoy for many a year to come. Longford Tourism Longford Library Services Longford Historical Society Longford Leader / Longford Live Longford Heritage & Archives Longford Chamber Longford County Council Longford Live & Local Longford Agricultural Show RosFM 94.6 Shannonside FM Uisneach ArdaghVillage Landscapes Knights & Conquests Heritage Centre Heritage Ireland

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Heritage Tourism

At Creative Ardagh we are passionate about our history and heritage and offer a range of creative workshops to groups and individuals wanting to explore it in depth with us.
Heritage and History Group Tours Haven't time for a workshop? Enjoy a guided tour instead. Hear the stories of:

  • The legend of Midir and Etain

  • King Máine at the Back of the Hill

  • St. Mel, St. Patrick and St. Brigid in Early Christian Ardagh
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    RTE's Nationwide came along to our annual Bilberry Walk on Brí Leith on the last Sunday of July. It was shown on a progr...
    Thank you to Ciara King and The Six O'Clock Show for featuring Ardagh Fright Fest 2018 on the What's On guide today.
    Kate Corkery telling us about a changling.
    Midir's cranes of inhospitablity.
    Chris Thompson of Story Archaeology entertaining with her Warriors and Wizards show.
    Scéalta Beo - Storytelling and Mythology with Bards Aloud right now.





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