Dry Stone Walls – a weekend in Donegal learning this traditional art.
Friday 16th September 2016
Get stuck in with a two hour introductory practical session during which you will learn some basics of the construction of dry stone walls. In the evening we will head down to the Olde Stores Bar in Portsalon for a pub meal.
Saturday 17th September 2016
After a hearty full irish breakfast, we’ll commence the first outdoor session of the day (10am—12pm) and then break for hot soup and sandwiches
The afternoon will be spent working on site and will be followed by a barbeque and campfire (weather permitting)
Sunday 18th September 2016
After a full irish breakfast Fergus will teach the final session and wrap up the weekend. A light lunch will be available prior to check out at 1.30pm. You will go home having mastered the basic skills of building dry stone walls!
Fergus Packman has been dry stone walling for over 20 years. He trained with the National Trust on the Ysbyty estate in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales. He qualified under the Craftsmans’ Certification scheme of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He went on to become a contractor for the National Trust restoring ancient boundaries, sheep pens and other structures. He now works in the West of Ireland building traditional walls with the lime stone of Lough Corrib and the granite of Connemara