The 2023 Mulranny Stone Wall Festival will take place on the weekend, Friday 12th to Sunday 14th of May. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Mulranny in 2023.
(All of the details below refer to the 2022 festival – however the 2023 festival will follow a similar programme – bookings will open early in 2023).
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 Balancing 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, Eóin Madigan & Seamus May or attend our Mosaic Workshop.
Eddie Farrelly is a dry stone waller and lime mortar practitioner, with experience working with earth mortars, 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 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.
Eóin Madigan is a sixth generation Stone Mason and lime practitioner from the Burren region of Co, Clare. His Family has a long tradition of working with stone that stretches back at least 200 years that they know of. It is said they followed the Church building from the East to the West Coast of Ireland. They then settled in a small town called Kilfanora where they set up their workshop making headstones and architectural pieces on request. Eóin is passionate about conserving our built heritage and in particular the mortars used to build them. In 2005 he completed a nine-month dry stone walling and stone cutting course run by master craftsman Tom Little in Tralee Co. Kerry. From there he became an active member of The Buildings limes forum Ireland and again, under the Tuition of master craftsman Pat McAfee he gained his knowledge and love for historic mortars. Eóin now regularly travels across Ireland and the UK upskilling craftspeople and conservation professionals in the specification and use of historic mortars. He is a 2014 William Morris Craft Fellow of The Society for the protection of ancient buildings (SPAB), committee member of The Building Limes Forum Ireland and a co-founding member of SPAB
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2022 Festival Details
Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): – Includes Friday evening talks, two-day “Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop’. 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)
Mosaic Workshop ( Sunday): – One day “Stone Mosaic Workshop”. During this one day class using local stone for a mosaic, you will learn how to cut a variety of stone to make tesserae using a hammer and hardie. Classical principals that are used in the great mosaics of ancient times are practised for this project. You will also prepare a substrate and apply the hanging hardware prior to cementing the tesserae to your design.
All tools and materials included for a 10″ x 8″ substrate. Includes lunch. Class size limited to 5 people.
Class time 10am – 5pm. 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 Saturday evening Gala Dinner please follow the ‘BOOK HERE’ link above for further details)
2022 Festival Programme
Friday 13th 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.
- 20.15 – 20.40 – Sean Carolan – ‘Mulranny, Past & Present’
- 20.45 – 21.00 – David Carolan – ‘Introduction to Dry Stone Walling’.
Saturday 14th May
DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 17.00
Under the direction of master stonemasons, Eddie Farrelly, Eóin Madigan and Seamus May, participants will repair and rebuild gaps in the stone walls at The Parks along the Great Western Greenway. Commencing with Safety Tool Box Talk.
12.00 – 13.00 – Children’s Stone Balancing Competition with Mulranny Tourism – Admission Free (weather permitting)
Saturday evening 14th May
Mulranny Park Hotel, Nephin Restaurant
19.00 – 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 – See our ‘BOOK HERE’ link above for further details)
Sunday 15th May
Essence of Mulranny Studios
10.00 – 17.00
DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP
The Great Western Greenway
9.30 – 16.00
with Eddie Farrelly, Eóin Madigan and Seamus May.
(Lunches as part of the Dry Stone Wall Workshop by Nevins Newfield Inn)
An action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan