Creative Ardagh began in 2011 with a vision of creating a hub of creativity in the centre of the country, drawing on the wonderful heritage and history of the locality.
Creative Ardagh mission statement is “to build a place where people have the freedom to be creative, where they feel a real sense of accomplishment, a place that brings out the best in everybody”.
People of all ages and abilities from toddler to experienced adult, are encouraged to explore their creativity, be inspired by the beautiful setting and create their own individual artwork.
Creative Ardagh provide classes, group sessions, school tours, historical/heritage tours, family events and summer camps. Many groups have their meetings, parties, christenings, get togethers with us.
Local and international speakers visit to give talks on subjects as diverse as unschooling to divining. Writers, poets, artists and language tutors give classes and readings.
We were recently nominated by the Local Authorities for the Pride of Place Award for making art accessible to the community. We host and co-ordinate large and small events including a visit from President Michael D. Higgins in 2014.
Having abandoned my Accountancy career to write I found myself joining forces with Annette in her vision to create a place to Inspire, Create and Explore in the beautiful building that is Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.
I have been involved in many voluntary groups over the years including The Royal Canal Amenity Group, the first Cáirde na Scoile of Gaelscoil an Longfoirt, Parent’s Association of St. Mel’s NS Ardagh, Ardagh Brownies, Ardagh Moydow Reaching Out, Creative Longford, Cruthú Arts Festival.
My passion is writing, largely influenced by the history and heritage that surrounds me, which I try to fit in my day in between our inspiring events, parties and classes and the management of four unruly children (and husband) ranging in age from tot to adult.
I love to correspond with the fairies in our woods and host the potion class in our Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, become different characters for our various events and parties and create larger than life creatures for our woods. It is a joy meeting all the interesting people that enter through the doors of our magical centre. Basically, I love to play so come and join in. You are never too old to play!
Going to school in Ardagh, it’s history and heritage were always important to me. As one of the last class to start Junior Infants in the old school, the building has always been special to me too and so I am really excited to be working here.
I qualified as an art teacher almost 20 years ago and have been teaching all age groups since. I have also an interest in ceramics and creative writing and look forward to sharing these skills and more with you.
I frequently find myself lost in the wonders that are the legend of Midir and Etain, The King at the Back of the Hill and the beauty of the area that surrounds Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre and a lot of my creative work is inspired by the stories of this area.
I have been volunteering for years in groups such as Backstage Youth Theatre, Home Education Network, Creative Longford, Cruthú Arts Festival, Engage Longford.