This year, the Legacy Traditional Skills project, spearheaded by Offaly Local Development company, set about the ambitious task of reviving some of these skills by running a series of traditional skills workshops at various locations throughout the county. These workshops were delivered by masters in their craft. You may have noticed the posters as you travelled the county, or have seen the posts online. Hopefully you got to take part in one of the workshops.
The climax of this project will be a celebration of tradition and heritage taking the form of the Traditional Skills Festival in Banagher, Co. Offaly in August (22nd to 24th). Over the three days, the town will play host to a series of workshops, demonstrations and other interesting events. Make sure to bring along your children too as there will be something for all the family. The workshops will include such skills as Pottery, Dry Stone Wall Building, Willow Weaving, Batik, and Felting. Many of the workshops will have both adult, and child suitable sessions. There will be something for all the family.
The full list of workshops and events is available on the website Here.
If you don’t want to miss out on learning that skill you’ve always wanted, make sure to log on to the website and book the workshop(s) you’re interested in. Also keep an eye on the website for any news related to the Traditional Skills festival.
The first of the traditional skills training workshops commences tomorrow Saturday 26th October. Skilled basketmaker Padraig Larkin will deliver this workshop in Cloneygowan.
Padraig, a basketmaker based in Cloghan, Co Offaly, Ireland is extremely skilled in the training of willow weaving and basket making and places are coveted on his workshops. Padraig learned his craft from Joe Hogan, one of the foremost basketmakers in Ireland.
“Since my introduction to basketry I have become immersed in the craft, learning a lot of new skills through some excellent courses, books and good old fashioned trial and error. I have developed my own style based largely on traditional methods with a strong emphasis on quality and pride in my work”
To book you place on this workshop go to Booking Form on our this website.
Places are limited.
Invitation to Revive Traditional Skills
This Wednesday night Kilcormac Community Centre is to host the first in a series of county-wide workshops designed to revive traditional Irish skills and crafts. Many of these skills and crafts have fallen victim to mass production and the growth in imported goods. Everything from shoe making to tailoring, weaving, and needlework along with pottery, woodwork and metal-craft suffered when the factory-produced product became readily available.
Craft making became an isolated skill but in recent years Offaly Local Development Company (OLDC) has been to the forefront in supporting craft makers throughout the county. In an initiative designed to revive traditional crafts and skills the OLDC has initiated a programme entitled ‘Legacy.’ This programme involves the convening of a series of traditional skills workshops throughout the county.
Aileen Duffy is heading up the initiative for OLDC and she believes there is no time to be lost in supporting and reviving traditional crafts and skills, “These crafts and skills were once a way of life in every town and village in the country and there is now a gap in or traditions and heritage. The Legacy series of training events and workshops is designed to bridge that gap,” Aileen said.
She is inviting everybody, those with old skills, new skills and none to come to one or the series of workshops, “Come along,” she encourages, “and discover which traditional skill could become your new skill.”
The first in the series of these workshops is to be given by Sylvia Thompson, Irish Time Journalist and author of “Irish Crafts hands On.’ It takes place on this Wednesday night, June 27 from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at Kilcormac Community Centre.