Category Archives: Workshops

Bangher Festival 2015

Banagher Development group are hosting a festival from the 9th to 12th July. The festival is a celebration of Anthony Trollope in Banagher.

We’re delighted to see that there are some traditional skills worksshops planned during the event. Remember to book as places are limited.

The full timetable of events is now live, please see  booking form page for more information and to book into the workshops and events.

Here’s a taste of some of last years pottery workshops;

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West Offaly Training Open Days

West Offaly training will be hosting a series of open days in their training rooms at Crank House on the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th of August.  Anyone is welcome to come in and see the facilities and talk to the staff members about what they do in Crank house and around west and south Offaly, or just call in for a chat about courses and opportunities coming up in the future.  These open days are running in conjunction with the traditional skills event being held in Crank House which itself should be a fun and interesting event.

Campers at the last summer camp with their tutor Mary Byrne

Campers at the last summer camp with their tutor Mary Byrne


West Offaly Training is a community based training organisation, it’s aim is to have a local training centre providing affordable, quality training to the people of the midlands in particular West and South Offaly in order to help bring these areas in line with the rest of the country by targeting the traditionally forgotten and to help tackle the low levels of employment and educational uptake in the midlands and Offaly area.


They provide mostly ICT training from complete beginners with literacy problems to some of the more advanced subjects, such as advanced ECDL and level 5 QQI accredited subjects.  We also deliver certain “soft skills” programmes as and when demand arises, these would include Communication Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Interview Skills, Literacy Assistance etc.; most of these programmes are targeted at people who are starting out or restarting on an educational path to self-improvement


West Offaly Training also provides an open/walk in service to the public at large and facilitates larger organisations for training and examination purposes e.g. SOLAS, Laois and Offaly ETB and ECDL.

They have delivered this service for the last fourteen years with great success and that is just in the immediate Offaly area.

West Offaly Training began teaching introduction to computers (QQI – FETAC level 3) and ECDL and over the years they have progressed onto teaching advanced subjects and a complete range of QQI qualifications from single subjects to full major awards


Offaly’s passion to revive Traditional Skills

FeltingOffaly’s response to the traditional skills programme “Legacy” has just been amazing. Workshops have been booked out in every venue across the county and the feedback overwhelming. It’s shows us that there is a hunger for learning in Offaly and in particular for traditional Craft Skills. There is also a great respect for the many skilled trainers we have here in our county and for those who have travelled to deliver the workshops.

A big thanks to you all and please do keep an eye here for more exciting news on traditional skills workshops to come!



Supported by Offaly Local Development

Supported by Offaly Local Development

Traditional Skills Feedback

We’ve been getting some great feedback from the fantastic workshops that have been taking place right across Offaly for the past 18 months. Please keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more workshops and hopefully something very special this Summer!

Some of the Feedback:

“I thoroughly enjoyed these courses. I felt a renewed energy towards crafts and it awakened creativity in me. These courses taught me new skills and gave me a chance to try new experiences that otherwise may not have been available to me. I enjoyed learning from such great tutors and it has given me a renewed interest in and appreciation of the craftspeople in Offaly and surrounding areas”

“I took part in three courses one better than the other just loved quilting also tapestry and basket weaving what a pleasure all were many thanks for your diligence Aileen in organising them mile buiochas”

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to build a wall from stones gathered from my own fields , when the weather gets warmer”

Supported by Offaly Local Development

Supported by Offaly Local Development