Learn from the very best dry stone wallers from Ireland and Europe at the West Cork Stone Symposium
* Gain insights into an ancient art that fits seamlessly into the living landscape.
* Collaborate with others to make a lasting mark on West Cork.
* And immerse yourself in a community that appreciates and celebrates traditional skills.
Workshops will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm with breaks for tea and lunch. Groups will be divided by ability, and you're welcome to sign up for one day or immerse yourself in the work of the symposium for two or three days!
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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. The traditional craft has helped to shape the character of the landscape of the west of Ireland.
As you learn the craft for yourself with the help of our expert team, you’ll be creating stone walls that will remain here on the Sheep’s Head peninsula for generations. The West Cork Stone Symposium gives you a unique opportunity to learn a traditional craft and to contribute to the fabric of life here on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
Workshops will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm with breaks for tea and lunch. Groups will be divided by ability, and you’re welcome to sign up for one day, or to immerse yourself in the symposium for two or three days!
Workshops will be delivered by tutors from the Dry Stone Wall Assocation of Ireland, and we are grateful for the Association’s support.
Clothing and Equipment
Tools will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you already have experience of dry stone walling. All participants will be required to be suitably dressed for the dry stone walling workshop and we recommend:
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!
Training (all tutors are paid for their work)
Use of stone, tools and equipment
This workshop is a collaboration 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.
|Level (Dry Stone Walling)||
Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
Friday 22nd March, Saturday 23rd March, Sunday 24th March