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Thursday, 15th September 2022

Bog Cafe, arts and eco festival next week in Ardee

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Friends of Ardee Bog at this year's Patrick's Day Parade in Ardee.

Friends of Ardee Bog (FAB) is a community-led group of artists, filmmakers, designers, health care workers, gardeners and retired people in the Ardee area and they are running a unique festival celebrating the beauty and individuality of Ardee Bog.

Called the Bog Café, the festivities take place at the Old Church, John Street, Ardee from Friday to Sunday, September 23rs to 25th.

Friday September 23rd is the Global Climate Strike, with actions and events happening all over the world. Over the three-day weekend in Ardee, there will be an inspirational programme of talks, workshops, walking tours, poetry, live music, and film screenings exploring Ardee Bog and the ecological and cultural heritage of Irish peatlands.

The Bog Cafe will open on Friday, September 23rd with creative workshops with local primary school students, a conversation with Pádraic Fogarty from the Irish Wildlife Trust, followed by an evening of extraordinary events celebrating Culture Night, including a Bog Bingo extravaganza and Turfman from Ardee Battle Of The Bands challenge.

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FAB are thrilled to announce that the Bog Cafe will host two very exciting performances on Saturday September 24th. At 6PM, Folk legends The Armagh Rhymers will perform a special family show in the Old Church.

At 9.30PM Dundalk’s “force of nature” Jinx Lennon will be joined by Paul Callan and Sophie Coyle for a unique performance and what should be a magical evening.

The festivities will continue Sunday September 25th with a closing ceremony in Ardee Bog celebrating community and the rights of peatlands in Ireland. Please see below and poster attached for a full schedule for the BOG CAFE.

The Bog Cafe is supported by An Táisce’s Climate Ambassadors, Community Wetlands Forum, Coole Farm, Drummin Bog, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Tullyallen Men’s Shed and funded by Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. For more information about the Friends of Ardee Bog organisation see: https://www.ardeebog.org/

Friends of Ardee Bog on a nature walk with ecologist Catherine O'Connell in June 2022.

Here’s last of events with links for information about participants, ticket booking etc: 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD

9am - 3pm: PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS. FREE

12pm: GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE in Ardee Bog (Details TBC. Please email for more info)

3pm: CHAT WITH PÁDRAIC FOGARTY, IRISH WILDLIFE TRUST. FREE: REGISTER HERE

4pm-late: CULTURE NIGHT AT THE BOG CAFE 

4-6pm: BOG PAPER MAKING & STORY COLLECTING with the active retirement and tapestry group, in cooperation with Ardee Library. FREE

6-7.30pm: BOG GARDEN WALKING TOUR in Ardee Bog with Fiona Crawley, as featured on RTÉ’s Garden Heroes. *REGISTER HERE

5-8pm: FILM SCREENINGS: BOG STANDARD (An Táisce, 2021) with An Táisce’s Climate Ambassadors; Sliabh Beagh: Where Community, Climate, Biodiversity and Water Meet (DCU & LAWPRO, 2022) WITH TALK BY BEN MALONE; The CANN Story (CANN, 2018); Ireland Says Goodbye to Peat (ARTE, 2022) with Carbury Bog; and more. FREE

8-8.30pm: NUALA LEONARD POETRY PERFORMANCE. FREE

9-10.30pm: BOG BINGO, BATTLE OF THE BANDS: THE TURFMAN FROM ARDEE, RAFFLE, and more. FREE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH

10-11am: LOUTH BARN OWL PROJECT TALK. FREE: REGISTER HERE

11am-12pm DRUMMIN BOG CHAT WITH CATHY FITZGERALD & JULES MICHAEL. FREE

12-1pm: BIRDWATCH LOUTH TALK. Starting in the old church with a slideshow, followed by a walking tour around town to look at Swift nesting sites, weather permitting. FREE: REGISTER HERE

Early Afternoon: Mícheál Callaghan from the Community Wetlands Forum will join us to share their mighty work supporting community groups around the country. Join him for a chat over a pot of tea. FREE

1-2pm: PEATLANDS ARE SUPERHEROES: BADGE MAKING WITH ROBIN, OUR YOUNGEST FAB MEMBER. FREE Ages 7+

2pm - late: MAKING A BOG IDOL with the HiVis Witches & Spooky Beore. FREE

2.30 - 3.30pm: PEATLANDS, PLANTS & PEOPLE. Workshop & Talk with Kate Flood. FREE: REGISTER HERE

4-5pm: BOG SOUNDS: THE SONIC ENVIRONMENT OF ARDEE BOG. Talk by DEAN MCDONNELL. FREE: REGISTER HERE

6-8pm: ARMAGH RHYMERS. Family friendly performance. *REGISTER HERE

9pm-late: PAUL CALLAN | SOPHIE COYLE | JINX LENNON *REGISTER HERE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

11am-1pm: NURTURING GUT FLORA with PLENITUDE. *REGISTER HERE

11.15am-12.15pm: CURLEW CONSERVATION TALK WITH BIRDWATCH IRELAND. FREE: REGISTER HERE

1-2pm: LUNCH. Pot-luck with BOG BUTTER MAKING WORKSHOP. FREE

3-6pm: WALKING TOUR OF ARDEE WITH BRYAN ROGERS FROM THE COUNTY LOUTH ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Starting at the old church and ending in Ardee Bog. REGISTER HERE

6pm: CLOSING CEREMONY IN ARDEE BOG CELEBRATING COMMUNITY & THE RIGHTS OF PEATLANDS. FREE

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