The 3rd annual Mulranny Stone Wall Festival takes place from the 12th to 14th May 2017. The festival will include an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations and stone wall building along the Great Western Greenway at Mulranny, Co. Mayo. The Festival is being held in association with the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI).
Come along and learn from master stonemasons Eoin Madigan and Eddie Farrelly.
Eoin Madigan is a sixth generation stone mason and lime practitioner from Co Clare. He is a 2014 William Morris Craft Fellow of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), and is passionate about the conservation of our built heritage and the promotion of all traditional hand crafts. Eoin is a member of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland.
Eddie Farrelly is a dry stone waller and lime mortar practitioner from Co. Cavan, now based in Dublin. He is the only person from Ulster or Connaught to be conferred with a BSc in Applied Conservation Skills from W.I.T. Eddie is a Director of the recently formed Irish Stone Workers Alliance, a member of Building Limes Forum Ireland and Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland. He has instructed at dry stone workshops throughout Ireland and internationally as well as giving classes in how to construct and fire a temporary kiln to cook limestone for the production of traditional quicklime.
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.
2017 Festival Details & Programme
Full Festival (Friday evening talks, Saturday and Sunday): – Includes Friday evening talks, two-day “Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop’ including packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday, teas/coffees, demonstrations and talks.
Friday 12th May
Mulranny Park Hotel, The Ross Suite
- 19.30 – 20.00 – Registration & Tea/Coffee
- 20.00 – 20.40 – Eoin Madigan – Stone Walls and our Built Heritage
- 20:40 – 21:20 – Eddie Farrelly – Irish Stone Walls: Best Practice and Principles of Construction
Saturday 13th May STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 17.00 – Dry Stone Wall Workshop
Under the direction of master stone masons, Eoin Madigan and Eddie Farrelly, participants will repair and rebuild gaps in the stone walls along the Great Western Greenway. Commencing with Safety Tool Box Talk.
10.30 – 13.30 – Children’s Stone Decorating Workshop at Essence of Mulranny – Admission Free – Apologies but due to unforseen circumstances this event is postponed until a later date – to be advised.
Saturday evening 13th May
Mulranny Park Hotel, Waterfront Bar
19.30 – 2 course Dinner in The Waterfront Bar of the Mulranny Park Hotel @ €15 available (This is an optional extra – Starter + Main Course + Tea/Coffee – can be booked and paid for on Saturday). This will be followed by a get together in Moynish House, where you will enjoy a turf fire in the fully licensed cosy bar. Finger food will be served.
Sunday 14th May STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 17.00 – Continuation of Dry Stone Wall Workshop
with Eoin Madigan and Eddie Farrelly
(Lunches by Nevins Newfield Inn)
An Action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan