Preserving Ireland’s Traditional Skills

Due to the health concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak, the extraordinary public health circumstances and social distancing guidelines we have unfortunately had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 festival.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Mulranny for the 2021 Festival.

(All festival details and the programme below refer to the now cancelled 2020 festival – the 2021 festival will follow a similar programme which will be updated in early 2021)

Dry Stone Walls are an important and integral part of Ireland’s landscape.  The 6th Mulranny Stone Wall Festival will take place from the 7th to the 9th of May 2021.

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.

Watch last years event and see what you could experience!

2020 Festival Details & Programme

€149.00
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)

€249.00
Mosaic Workshop (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): – Includes Friday afternoon field trip, Friday evening talks, two-day “Stone Mosaic Workshop” on Saturday & Sunday.  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 times 10am – 4pm on the 11th & 12th of July.  Friday afternoon field trip with geologist Benjamin Thébaudeau.  (Field trips are weather and tide dependent).  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).  

Benjamin Thébaudeau has qualified as a geophysicist in France and has then completed a PhD in Geology at Trinity College Dublin in 2013. He has experience in the archaeological sector as well as teaching geology and GIS (mapping software) in various irish universities. He is the current secretary of the Irish Quaternary Association (www.iqua.ie) and has been working as the geologist for the Joyce Country and Western Lakes geopark project for 18 months.

Festival Programme

Friday 10th July

Essence of Mulranny Studio (EOM)

  • 12.30 – Mosaic Workshop attendees meet at EOM Studio
  • 13.00 – Field Trip along the coastline with Geologist Benjamin Thébaudeau

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 11th 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)

MOSAIC WORKSHOP 

Essence of Mulranny Studios 

10.00 – 16.00

Saturday evening 11th July

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 12th July

DRY STONE WALL WORKSHOP

The Great Western Greenway

9.30 – 16.30

with Eddie Farrelly and Dominic Keogh

MOSAIC WORKSHOP 

Essence of Mulranny Studios 

10.00 – 16.00

(Lunches as part of the Dry Stone Wall Workshop by Nevins Newfield Inn)

An action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan