Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Midir and Etain visit Ardagh and Corlea this Sunday

Link to the Midir and Etain Trail on Google Earth

Join us in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre from 12 to 1pm and in Corlea Trackway Centre from 3 to 4pm on Sunday 21st for a fun-filled retelling of the tale of Midir, Etain, Eochaidh, some games of fidchell and a road in the bog.



Joint event with Corlea for Heritage Week

 Tochmarc Étaíne - The Wooing of Etain
21 August, 12pm - 1pm & 3pm - 4pm
A jointly hosted event by Creative Ardagh / Scealta Beo and Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre/OPW.
An imaginative, humorous adaption of the epic love story of Midir & Etain for you to enjoy.
This is the story of the fierce, handsome Midir, of the Tuatha de Danann, and Etaín, the most beautiful woman in Ireland.
A tale of love, jealousy, loss, magic, shape shifting, Fidchell, impossible tasks and a giant causeway of Oak .
Performed by local actors, Scéalta Beo & Clann Chorr Re-enactors in two acts.
Act 1: Midir, Etain & Bri Leith,
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Venue: Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre and Grounds.
Act 2: Midir, Etain, Eochaidh & The Trackway
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre
A two hour break is included to facilitate travel from Ardagh to Corlea via the Midir & Etain Trail & Food.
Both Mac's Shack &  Foigha Bar serve delicious meals while 2 Mugs Coffee Trailer offers coffee, teas, light refreshments at Mosstown Harbour. 
We encourage audience participation so why not  dress up and join in the fun. 
No booking required. Open to all ages but children must be supervised at both venues.
For further information please contact the Visitor Centre at 043 3322386/corlea@opw.ie or Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre 086 3027602 / creativeardagh@gmail.com


Monday, 25 July 2022

Annual Bilberry Sunday walk




The annual Bilberry Sunday walk takes place on 31st July 2022 in association with Crúthu Arts Festival. Join us for some or all of the celebrations: 

11am

Meet at Ardagh GAA Pitch and follow our local guide and wealth of knowledge Brendan Farrell of Ardagh Village Landscapes along the Brí Leith Walk. We will be accompanied by our local Celtic Re-enactors Clann Chorr and Scéalta Beo storytellers.

1pm (ish)

Everyone is welcome to picnic in the garden of the Neighbourhood Park at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Don't forget to bring your picnic blankets and picnic!

2pm

Our special guest this year is Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland who will give a talk about the important connections between Brí Léith (Ardagh) and Newgrange as they are found in the romantic tale Tochmarc Étaín (the Wooing of Étaín).

Anthony has been studying the mythology of the Brú na Bóinne complex for over 20 years and has found some fascinating material in the old stories. He is an author, tour guide and photographer from Drogheda. He has published nine books inspired by the mythology and archaeology of the great prehistoric monuments of the Boyne Valley. In 2018, he discovered the remains of a giant late Neolithic henge close to Newgrange. He curates the Mythical Ireland website and social media channels and broadcasts a weekly livestream. He has appeared as an expert on the Boyne Valley on the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Science and Channel 4.

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Heritage in Schools bookings


We are delighted to now be taking bookings for visits to schools through the Heritage in Schools scheme. Between February and June Ann or Annette can come to your school and guide you and your students through one of our fun-filled, interactive heritage workshop sessions. The scheme aims to raise awareness and to help children and their teachers appreciate their local heritage by engaging with it in a meaningful way. Place-based learning in the outdoor classroom is also encouraged.

Visits are part-funded by the Heritage Council so the cost to the school for a full day with a heritage specialist is only €100 (€60 for DEIS schools) and half day visits are €60 (€40 for DEIS schools). If you book the same specialist for 5 sessions the 5th visit is free for the school.

Contact us at creativeardagh@gmail.com to arrange a date in advance, then book your visit through the Heritage in Schools website.

Storytelling and Mythology

Scéalta Beo come in Celtic costume and have props and visual aids to enhance their storytelling. Mythology and storytelling helped our ancestors understand and deal with crisis, which makes them very important tools in this era of climate change. We tell many of the ancient stories of the Tuatha Dé Dannan our favourite being the local legend of Midir and Etain. Midir was known as a judge and given the task of restoring the balance which is very relevant to the times we live in.

https://scealtabeo.blogspot.com/

 

Life in the Iron Age

Interactive practical activities, discussions and stories combine to demonstrate what life was like in Iron Age/Early Medieval Ireland. The session(s) can cover aspects of society and every day activities: buildings, clothing, jewellery and metalwork, food, biodiversity, games such as fidchell, weaving, foraging, natural dyeing, Brehon Laws including the importance of trees, fire festivals and ogham script.

https://kingatthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

 

Exploring your Townland

Discover all you need to research and explore your townland: delve into its history, find out the meaning of its name and look at local built and natural heritage close up. Using this as inspiration create your own art or writing based on what you learn.  

http://longfordtownlandsart.blogspot.com/

 

 

Biodiversity in the school garden 

Whether you want to design a vegetable garden from scratch, develop sensory areas, get guidance for the Biodiversity Green Flag or just look closely at native trees, mini-beasts or animal habitats around your school, Scéalta Beo can help you explore and creatively interact with the outdoor learning environment, getting hands-on experience and connecting with the living stories all around us. 

www.heritageweek.ie/projects/restoring-the-balance; http://ardaghtreefairies.blogspot.com

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Samhain at Corlea




We had a wonderful day storytelling in Corlea Trackway Centre recently as part of their Samhain celebrations. We got to entertain the crowd with tales of Samhain past and present and of course we told them all about Midir, keeper of the Veil between this world and the Otherworld. He comes from Brí Leith in Ardagh, and he made the Bog Road in Corlea. We also included the story of his Cranes of In-hospitality, along with warnings about the Púca spitting on fruit at this time of year and how to avoid being taken for a long, scary ride. Everyone wailed like a banshee and listened to how to identify other creatures of Samhain who we later met on the walk to Mosstown Harbour.  

We also talked of life in our crannóg, surrounded by our protection circle of Rowan, Mugwort, Yarrow and Marshmallow, and met some of the characters from Midir and Etain, An Táin and Diarmuid and Gráinne which all have Samhain connections. 

Our horse disguised as the Púca travelled all the way from Ardagh to Mosstown too, we hope he didn't take anyone along on his back.

We look forward to more adventures with Clann Chorr in the future.












Thursday, 26 August 2021

Seed, plant and story swap

As part of the Restoring the Balance project for Heritage Week we held a seed, plant and story swap event on Sunday 22nd August 2021. The event coincided with the 10th Anniversary of Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre and was the first in person event since February 2020. A lovely, entertaining afternoon was had and this video captures a few moments from the event. Thank you to all who attended from near and far and shared their knowledge, stories, plants and seeds.

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Forest Gardens

This is the eighth video in the Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week. It takes a look at what makes a forest garden, or food forest, such an abundant, productive and beautiful place. 

Friday, 20 August 2021

Pond life

The seventh video in the Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week looks at the importance of garden pond habitats for increasing biodiversity. 

Video footage and graphics by Annette Corkery.

Celebrate the hawthorn tree

There are many myths and folktales associated with the hawthorn tree, which looks amazing in full bloom in hedgerows in May and June. This sixth video in the Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week is a call to celebrate it as our national tree. 

Written and narrated by Ann Gerety Smyth. Video by Annette Corkery 

#HeritageWeek2021 #openthedoortoheritage #restoringthebalance #celebratehawthorn #longfordheritage #ardagh 

https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/celebrate-the-hawthorn-make-it-our-national-flowering-tree

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Let's talk about weeds

In this fifth video in the Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week 2021, we share a few of the benefits of what are often called weeds and how re-wilding can increase the biodiversity and resilience of your garden. Find out more about re-wilding and how it can save the planet on www.wearetheark.org 

Written and narrated by Ann Gerety Smyth. https://anngeretysmyth.com/ Filmed by Ann Gerety Smyth and Annette Corkery. www.heritageweek.ie/projects/restoring-the-balance

 

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Counting our chickens

This is the fourth video in the Restoring the Balance Series for Heritage Week. Written, narrated and filmed by Ann Gerety Smyth of Scéalta Beo, it gives an insight into keeping chickens and ducks.

Monday, 16 August 2021

A very brief introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a design approach that works with nature. Watch the video to find out more.

 

In April and May 2021 Annette of Scéalta Beo had the chance to participate in the Permaculture Design Certificate at the wonderful Carraig Dulra in Co. Wicklow. 

It was an amazing experience and the course which covered a really wide range of topics is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in local food, sustainable living, nutrition, gardening, natural building, rewilding and so much more. This video is the third in the Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week. It is a very brief summary of Permaculture and features some footage from Annette's garden and its inhabitants. 

 

Video footage and graphics by Annette Corkery.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Pat Kelleher's Kale

This is the second video of our Restoring the Balance series for Heritage Week 2021. Today we share Pat Kelleher's Kale. This heirloom kale has been growing in Pat's garden for generations. Last year he shared some plants with us and we now have seed ready to share. Watch how we saved the seed and get a glimpse at Pat's wonderful vegetable garden. If you have a living story to share get in touch with us at scealtabeo@gmail.com