The 2022 Mulranny Stone Wall Festival dates have just been announced. The festival will take place on the weekend, Friday 13th May to Sunday 15th of May. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Mulranny in 2022 after an absence of 2 years due to the Covid pandemic.
(The programme below refers to the now cancelled 2020/2021 festivals- the 2022 festival will follow a similar programme which will be updated soon)
Dry Stone Walls are an important and integral part of Ireland’s landscape. The 6th Mulranny Stone Wall Festival will take place from the 13th to the 15th of May 2022.
The festival includes an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations and dry stone wall building along the Great Western Greenway at Mulranny, Co. Mayo. There will be a Children’s Stone Totem Building Competition at Mulranny Beach. The Festival dry stone walling workshops are supported by The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI). This year we have added an exciting new event ‘The Mulranny Stone Wall Festival Mosaic Workshop’.
Mulranny, Co. Mayo, is a hidden treasure of spectacular land and seascapes perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Mulranny offers stunning panoramic views over Clew Bay’s archipelago of drowned drumlin islands and the vast Nephin Mountain range.
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Come along and learn the traditional skill of dry stone wall building from master stonemasons Eddie Farrelly & Dominic Keogh or attend our Mosaic Workshop.
Eddie Farrelly is a dry stone waller and lime mortar practitioner from Co Cavan, now based in Dublin. He was awarded a BSc in Applied Conservation Skills Degree from W.I.T. in 2015 and he is also the holder of a National Senior Craft Certificate in Metal Fabrication and a Fetac Stonescaping Certificate. Eddie is a Director of the recently formed The Irish Stone Workers Alliance, and is a member of Building Limes Forum Ireland and the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland. He has extensive experience of instructing at dry stone workshops throughout Ireland and internationally as well as demonstrating how to construct and fire a temporary kiln to cook limestone for the production of traditional quicklime.
Dominic Keogh Dominic Keogh is a Stonemason from Kilmovee in East Mayo, an area rich in culture and heritage. The stone strewn local landscape, crisscrossed with meandering sandstone walls, and vernacular farmhouses originally led Dominic to begin experimenting with local dry stone building techniques, gaining knowledge from older farmers in the Kilmovee area. Dominic’s passion for drystone walling gave him a thirst for knowledge in all aspects of stonework, and his love of vernacular buildings led him into historical conservation, training in architectural, monumental masonry and letter cutting, and lime mortars to conserve and restore everything from humble cottages to grand tower houses. He has worked for many years to promote vernacular crafts through training at several Irish stone festivals and working with community groups and upskilling practitioners as well as volunteer projects such as the “Gathering of the stones” monument in Lough Boora, Co Offaly, the “Clocha Na hEireann” monument in Glencolumkille, Donegal, and travelling as far afield as Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada to work on an Irish themed Dry Stone monument with the Dry Stone walling association of Canada, and being invited to the Milwaukee Irish fest in America to promote Irish Stonemasonry.
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2021 Festival Details & Programme
Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): – Includes Friday evening talks, two-day “Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop’ with a hot lime demonstration. Also includes a packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday with tea/coffee breaks. Saturday evening Gala Dinner at the Mulranny Park Hotel followed by entertainment in Moynish House, Mulranny.
Please note: Safety Footwear is mandatory for participants and over 18’s only.
(Safety goggles and gloves will be provided by the festival organisers)
€0.00 Cost to be advised soon
Mosaic Workshop ( Saturday): – Includes Friday evening talks, one day “Stone Mosaic Workshop” on Saturday. Using various suitable local stones scouted from the coastline, create a mosaic with small hand-cut tesserae. All materials included. Light lunch provided. Class size limited to 5 people.
Class time 10am – 4pm. Please note that the cost of the Mosaic Workshop does not include the Gala Dinner. (If you are booking the Mosaic Workshop and would like to attend the Gala Dinner it must be booked separately).
Friday 7th May
Mulranny Park Hotel, The Ross Suite
- 19.30 – 20.00 – Registration, Welcome & Tea/Coffee
- 20.00 Official opening of the Festival by Deirdre Cunningham, Heritage Officer, Mayo Co. Council.
- 20.05 – 20.20 – Sean Carolan – ‘Mulranny, Past & Present’
- 20.20 – 20.30 – David Carolan – ‘to be advised’
- 20:30 – 21:00 – To be Advised
Saturday 8th July
DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 17.00
Under the direction of master stonemasons, Eddie Farrelly and Dominic Keogh, participants will repair and rebuild gaps in the stone walls at The Parks along the Great Western Greenway. Commencing with Safety Tool Box Talk.
Hot Lime Demonstration with Dominic Keogh – the time of the demonstration to be confirmed on arrival.
13.00 – 14.00 – Children’s Stone Totem Building Competition at Mulranny Beach – Admission Free (weather permitting)
Saturday afternoon 8th May
Essence of Mulranny Studios
10.00 – 16.00
Saturday evening 8th May
Mulranny Park Hotel, Nephin Restaurant
19.30 – Drinks reception followed by a 3 course Gala Dinner in The Nephin Restaurant, Mulranny Park Hotel. This will be followed by a get together in Moynish House, where you will enjoy great music by the turf fire in the fully licensed cosy bar. (Mosaic Workshop attendees must book the Gala Dinner separately through Eventbrite if they wish to attend)
Sunday 9th July
DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 16.30
with Eddie Farrelly and Dominic Keogh
(Lunches as part of the Dry Stone Wall Workshop by Nevins Newfield Inn)
An action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan