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Tir Conaill Festival of Stone in Mountcharles

A demonstration of Dry Stone Wall building technique at a Vintage Agricultural Fair in Donegal.

A demonstration of Dry Stone Wall building technique at a Vintage Agricultural Fair in Donegal.

One of Donegal’s most ancient crafts will be brought to life this weekend in Mountcharles.

The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI) are hosting the Tir Conaill Stone Festival from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22.

One of the highlights will see participants helping to re-build around 50 metres of sea wall that was destroyed by winter storms.

There will also be stone carving workshops at Salthill Gardens with sculptor Brendan McGloin as well as other workshops and talks by master stone masons and historians in celebration of our unique stone heritage.

To top it all off, there will be a trip to Drumkeelan Mines.

The DSWAI, a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, was founded in 2009.

The aim of the group is to foster awareness of and preserve the craft of dry stone building, building without mortar, in Ireland.

Festival workshops cost €30 per day/€80 for full weekend workshop - with limited places for carving. Price includes lunch.

To book go to www.dswai.ie or ring Call Louise Price on 087 322 3965.

 

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