Learn an ancient craft at a dry stone walling workshop in beautiful West Cork!
Dry stone walls are made of stone and nothing else. They’re built to withstand the fierce conditions on Ireland’s Atlantic coastline. Their strength is drawn from the stone itself and from the skill with which each stone wall is constructed. This traditional craft has helped to shape the familiar character of the landscape of the west of Ireland!
Join us for one day or more to:
* Learn an ancient craft with the help of our expert team.
* Create a stone wall that will remain here on the Sheep’s Head peninsula for generations
* Gain skills you can put to use in your own projects for years to come
* Immerse yourself in working with others on a creative, practical and useful collaborative project!
Friday 20th March 2020, Saturday 21st March 2020, Sunday 22nd March 2020
Workshops run from 9:30am to 4:30pm with breaks for tea and lunch. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
You will need to register before your first day’s workshop at the Philip’s Green Centre in Durrus.
A soup and sandwich lunch can be bought at a special festival rate at the local pub!
Absolute beginners, as well as intermediate and expert stone wallers are welcome.
Workshops will be delivered by tutors from the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland, and we are grateful for the Association’s support.
* Use of stone (provided by Muintír Bhaire GAA club)
* Safety gloves (though please bring your own if you have a comfortable pair)
* Regular tea and biscuits
* Training provided by craftspeople accredited by The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (all trainers volunteer to teach here in West Cork are compensated for their time and provided with food and accommodation)
Clothing and Equipment
All participants will be required to be suitably dressed for the dry stone walling workshop and we recommend:
* Comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor work
* Sturdy boots
* Lightweight waterproof clothing in case of bad weather
* If there is a shower of rain you’ll be glad you brought spare socks!
The workshops will be located around the coastal village of Durrus at the head of the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork on Ireland’s southwest coastline. It’s just 15 minutes’ drive from Bantry, and you’ll find a list of accommodation and places to eat on the peninsula at http://livingthesheepsheadway.com/location. There’ll be music and fun every evening, so it’s well worth staying over!
You will begin your first day by registering at the Philip’s Green Centre in Durrus, and you will then be directed the short drive to the wall location (lift-sharing is encouraged)/
This workshop a collaborative project run with the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland and DSWAI members run/organise/and instruct this part of the Symposium. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of everyone involved, but all activities are undertaken at the participants’ own risk. This is an outdoor workshop, and while we will do our best to work around any adverse weather conditions, we cannot provide refunds on the basis of poor weather conditions.