As part of the national Cruinniú na Cásca initiative by Creative Ireland, Creative Longford wishes to announce its programme for Easter Monday, April 17, 2017.
The first event begins at 9:30am with the Discover Creative Longford countywide bus tour, which will highlight some of what Longford has to offer in terms of the county’s rich history, heritage and creativity.
A bus will depart from Longford town for cultural venues around the county that will include the Anglo Norman motte-and-bailey castle, Granard; Edgeworthstown - the birthplace of writer Maria Edgeworth; Shawbrook - a haven for dance set on a traditional 18th century farm in a forest of oak, ash and beech trees.
The day will end with the best of Irish music around the fire at The Haggard, a unique venue in Moyne, north Longford. (This event is now fully booked).
Meanwhile, an event for all the family to enjoy will take place in Ardagh when Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre opens its doors at 3pm.
This will be a family afternoon of storytelling and exploring the legend of Midir and Etain in the beautiful woodlands of historic Ardagh.
To celebrate 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 during the Arts and Crafts workshop and allow participants’ imagination run wild during the White Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt.
Family fun for all ages, everyone welcome.
To book, phone (086) 3027602 or (087) 2326553.
Later at 7:30pm, Abbeyshrule will be the place to be when at dusk a special ceremony of light will take place at the 12th century Cistercian Abbey.
The ruins of the Abbey will be illuminated for the first time in a Ceremony of Light and Music that is hosted by the village of Abbeyshrule led by Ursula McGoey, Philip and the whole community in the area.
The evening’s programme will include performances by the Innyside Singers; prayers by Taghshinny and Colehill primary schools; a reflection by Rose Moran RSM; a recital by harpist Áine McLoughlin; a history of the Abbey by Brendan Quigley; ‘Tales of the River Inny’ by Marie Mullen; Mo Rogha by Aisling, performances by the Geraldine McGlynn Violin School of Music and a medley by Donie Keyes and Pauric Campbell.
All events are free and everybody is welcome to join the Cruinniú na Cásca celebrations.