Preserving Ireland’s Traditional Skills

Dry Stone Walls are an important and integral part of Ireland’s landscape.  The 5th Annual Mulranny Stone Wall Festival will take place from the 10th to the 12th of May 2019.

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 also be a Children’s Stone Totem Building Competition at Mulranny Beach.  The Festival is an official Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI) event and joins the small list of prestigious DSWAI events held annually in Ireland. 

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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 Eoin Madigan, Eddie Farrelly & Dominic Keogh.

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 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, criss crossed 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.

2019 Festival Details & Programme

Full Festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): – Includes Friday evening talks, two-day “Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop’ with 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 Dohertys Bar, 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)

Festival Programme

Friday 10th May 

Mulranny Park Hotel, The Ross Suite

  • 19.30 – 20.00  –  Registration, Welcome & Tea/Coffee
  • 20.00 – 20.30  –  Sean Carolan – ‘Mulranny, Past & Present’
  • 20:30 – 21:00  –  Louise Price – Director Irish Stone Workers Alliance – ‘A Nation in Stone -The work of Tír Conaill Stone Festival’ 


The Great Western Greenway

9.30 – 17.00
Under the direction of master stone masons, Eoin Madigan,  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 Eoin Madigan – time of the demonstration to be confirmed on arrival.
14.00 – 15.00  – Children’s Stone Totem Building Competition at Mulranny Beach – Admission Free (weather permitting)

Saturday evening 11th May

Mulranny Park Hotel, Nephin Restaurant

19.00 – 3 course Gala Dinner in The Nephin Restaurant, Mulranny Park Hotel.  This will be followed by a get together in Doherty’s Bar, where you will enjoy great music by the turf fire in the fully licensed cosy bar.    


The Great Western Greenway

9.30 – 16.30
with Eoin Madigan and Eddie Farrelly
(Lunches by Nevins Newfield Inn)

An action of the County Mayo Heritage Plan