2015 Archive

Ardagh Fright Fest 2015 archive

Official Opening
Ardagh Fright Fest 2015 will be officially opened on Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.
Come along to see the TY photography exhibition and enjoy some light refreshments.
Full details of all Fright Fest events will be available on the night.
Bookings for all events: (086) 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com

Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Family event: Year 5 takes place on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th and Saturday 31st at 3pm.
Visit the Forbidden Forest, take part in potions class and an art workshop and have lots more fun. Early booking advised (Extra morning sessions may be announced later subject to demand). Adults €5 (including tea/coffee), Children €8, Family of 4 €24 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).
Bookings: 086 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com

Spooky art day camp

Children: Art camp for one day only. 
Friday 30th October, 10am to 3pm. €18 per child (4+).
Join us for some spooky fun the day before Halloween. Create some last minute costumes and masks, paint, draw, collage and print some scary pictures or build your own 3d Halloween scene or monster. Lots of time for some outdoor creations too, weather permitting.
Bring your lunch and a snack and dress for messy indoor and outdoor fun.
Bookings: 086 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com

Gothic Literature for teens

Writing workshop with ER Murray
Teens (Ages 11 to 14): Thursday 29th 10.00am to 1.00pm
15 per person or €25 for both writing and art workshop (in the afternoon). 
Bookings: 086 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com

Goblins, ghouls, witches, vampires, & things that go bump in the night… What makes a story frightening? And what makes us keep coming back for more? Explore the world of scary stories with author E.R. Murray in this interactive workshop and write your own bloodcurdling tale that will scare the pants off everyone!

Elizabeth Rose Murray writes novels for children and young adults. She lives in West Cork, where she fishes, grows her own vegetables and enjoys plenty of adventures with her dog, Franklyn. The Book of Learning (Mercier Press) is the first book in her middle grade Nine Lives Trilogy, and her debut young adult book Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) is due for publication in March 2016. You can find out more about Elizabeth at www.ermurray.com.

The Book of Learning
Sometimes, it takes more than one lifetime to put things right…
After the death of her beloved grandpa, Ebony Smart’s world is turned upside down. Sent to Dublin to live with an aunt she didn’t know existed, she soon discovers that her new home, 23 Mercury Lane, is full of secrets.
Learning that she is part of an ancient order of people who have the power to reincarnate, Ebony quickly discovers that a terrible evil threatens their existence. With just her pet rat, Winston, and a mysterious book to help her, she must figure out why her people are disappearing and how to save their souls, including her own, before time runs out …

Frightful art for teens

Teens (11-19): Thursday 29th 2.00 to 5.00pm
15 per person or €25 for both writing (in the morning) and art workshop . 
Bookings: 086 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com
This three hour workshop will examine some of the iconic Gothic 'monsters': Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde etc and look at how depictions of them have changed over time in film and animation.
We will also get some inspiration from the work of Tim Burton from his original sketches to completed film characters and go on to create our own frightful characters and 3D scenes with a combination of modelling, construction, painting, collage and drawing.

Gothic Literature for adults

A writing workshop with author Joe Murphy
Adults. Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th, 7.00pm to 9.00pm both nights. €20 per person. Bookings: 086 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com

Over two nights explore the art of gothic writing with Joe Murphy:
  • Styles, Genres and Interests
  • The Role of Research
  • Character and Plot Development
  • Gothic Fiction - Form and Purpose
  • Getting the damn' thing Finished
  • Getting the damn' thing Published 

    Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher.

    Joe has written two novels with Liberties Press, 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We’ll Cross and Dead Dogs. His third, I am in Blood, was published by the O’Brien Press in 2015.

    I am in Blood
    A multi-layered, Gothic tale of obsession and bloodshed set in modern-day and Victorian Dublin.
    Present day: Seventeen-year-old Nathan Jacob’s interest in real-life crime leads him to a series of horrific murders committed in Dublin’s red-light district, The Monto, in the late nineteenth century. As he delves deeper into this grisly mystery, someone – something – begins to speak to him through the pages of time. Something half-formed and dark; something that draws Nathan and his bloodline back to Victorian Dublin and the horrors that took place there.   
    1890: Sergeant George Frohmell of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is under pressure. His beloved, bedraggled city has become the hunting ground for a faceless monster, a creature that preys on the poor and vulnerable, leaving them butchered in back alleys. As the death toll increases and the violence moves ever nearer to his own heart, Frohmell must find his man – or lose everything.

Photography exhibition

A selection of photography from County Longford students with Shelley Corcoran.
The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm with a preview for the photographers themselves on Thursday 22nd.
TY students from Ballymahon Mercy, Moyne CS, St Mel's College, Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Mean Scoil Mhuire and Art and Design Students from Templemichael College have delved deep into their imaginations to create a conceptual and haunting photography exhibition to launch Fright Fest. The dark, gothic and frightening images show a world that is somewhere between reality and somewhere we may be to in fear to venture. These images depict narratives that draw you in and let you become part of the obscure world that these artists have created. Immerse yourselves in this creation and feel the potency of the images that will stay with you long after you have departed.

It will run in conjunction with other events throughout the week.

Open for viewing: 
4pm to 5.30pm: Saturday 24th,
4pm to 5.30pm: Sunday 25th,
4pm to 5.30pm: Monday 26th
7pm to 9pm: Wednesday 28th
10am to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm: Thursday 29th
10am to 3pm: Friday 30th
4pm to 5.30pm: Saturday 31st.
12.30pm to 2pm: Sunday 1st 

Ardagh village at night (not part of the exhibition)

Samhain on Brí Leith

According to legend Midir the proud was and is and will be at home in Brí Leith, a mountain until Eochaidh razed it to the ground. He is in charge of a special entrance to Tir na nÓg which can't be found because he mithers all who try to find it. It has been said that on Samhain he lifts the veil for a short time.
So will you venture with us up the hill to seek the entrance to the Otherworld on Sunday 1st November at 11am and join us for tea, brack and Samhain tales afterwards in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre? €5 per person.

Samhain, the start of the Celtic New Year, marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. It was a time of celebration, a festival of the dead, involving feasts to welcome back ancestors and great fires lit on hills starting with Tlachtga (The Hill of Ward, Co. Meath) which has a connection with our legend of Midir and Etain.

See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain for more about Samhain.

More about Tlachtga here: www.druidry.org/library/tlachtga-and-ancient-roots-halloweensamhain

Lots more about Midir and Etain:


Friday 23rd October: 7.30pm: Official Opening. View photography exhibition. Get full details of all events. All welcome
Saturday 24th October: 3.00pm: Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Families
Sunday 25th October: 3.00pm: Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Families
Monday 26th October: 3.00pm: Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Families
Wednesday 28th October: 7.00pm: Gothic writing workshop part 1 with Joe Murphy. Adults
Thursday 29th October: 10.00am: Gothic writing workshop with E.R.Murray. Teens (11-14)
Thursday 29th October: 2.00pm: Frightful Art workshop. Teens
Thursday 29th October: 7.00pm: Gothic writing workshop part 2 with Joe Murphy. Adults
Friday 30th October: 10.00am: Spooky Art Day Camp Children (4+) 
Saturday 31st October: 3.00pm: Ardagh School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Families 
Sunday 1st November: 11.00am: Samhain on Brí Leith All welcome 
Click on tabs above for full details of all events. Bookings (086) 3027602 or creativeardagh@gmail.com 

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