There was much to be proud of in Ardagh this morning when President Michael D Higgins spoke of the rich heritage and abundance of creativity that was evident in Co Longford.
The President, who was on a whistlestop tour of the area was a guest at Ardagh’s Heritage and Creativity Centre which is run by local women Anette Corkery and Ann Geraghty Smith.
President Higgins spoke too of the value and importance of skill and creativity as each generation learns from the previous one, and he also planted a Willow Tree at the site.
“I planted a beautiful tree in the heritage garden and trees are very important, particularly in this part of the country,” he explained.
The Willow Tree is indeed very apt with regards to this centre’s Mission Statement which is to use the various elements of the natural, built and historic heritage of Ardagh village to inspire creativity and works of art amongst those who use it’s space.
President Higgins remarked, “As you all know community arts is very dear to me and it is in abundance here in Co Longford.”
See next week’s Leader for more details on the Presidential visit.