Creative Ardagh are delighted to announce the visit by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre on the morning of Friday 14th March. Guests are invited to attend at 10.00am while the President is expected to arrive at 11.00am for a 45 minute stay. He will be greeted by Ann Gerety Smyth, Annette Corkery and members of the committee.
President Higgins will tour the building starting in the art room where students will be demonstrating the range of courses that take place in Creative Ardagh. Next he will meet members of the newly established Creative Longford craft network who will be showcasing their products in the Craft Gallery.
This will be followed by a tree planting ceremony in the garden. The tree will be joining a collection of others planted over the years by visiting dignitaries, including past Presidents. The crowd will be entertained by Mary Smyth on harp and Orla McCarthy, ballerina.
Speeches and a presentation will take place in the marquee where the local representatives, VIPs and invited guests will get a chance to mingle with President Higgins while refreshments are served. Those who attend on the day are welcome to join in one of our heritage-based art classes after the President has departed.