It was a time when everything you owned was either handmade by yourself, or someone else made it for you.

Legacy Traditional Skills Training Programme

Offaly Local Development Company’s “Legacy” training program, aimed at preserving traditional skills and ensuring they don’t get lost in time. We appreciate traditional crafts, and understand the importance of keeping these skills alive for future generations, and we believe that this program will revolutionise the way these crafts are viewed in Offaly and beyond.

Traditional skills are an essential part of our heritage, and it’s crucial that we preserve them for future generations. The “Legacy” program is a step towards achieving that goal, and we encourage everyone to participate in it.

The “Legacy” training program aims to bridge the gap between past and present by offering a series of training events throughout Offaly. The primary objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To preserve traditional skills and crafts that are at risk of being lost in time
  • To provide an opportunity for people to learn and appreciate traditional skills
  • To revitalise traditional skills and bring them into the modern era

Courses Offered in the “Legacy” Training Program

The “Legacy” training program offers an array of traditional crafts to choose from. Participants can learn skills such as:

  • Basket weaving
  • Wood turning
  • Soap making
  • Knitting and crochet
  • Sewing skills
  • Blacksmithing
  • Lacemaking
  • Tapestry weaving

All courses are taught by skilled professionals with years of experience in their respective fields. Participants will learn the techniques and skills required to create their own traditional crafts.

How to Participate in the “Legacy” Training Programme

The “Legacy” training programme will be rolled out across Offaly this spring. To participate, you can register for a course on the Workshop Timetable section of this website. The programme is open to people of all ages and skill levels in Offaly. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, there’s something for everyone in the “Legacy” training programme. 

* We are now inviting expressions of interest. Please register your interest and we will confirm your place ASAP. All workshops have limited spaces available, therefore we cannot guarantee a place on the workshop to all applicants.

This project is funded through the Leader Rural Development Programme by Offaly Local Development Company.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when no two people ever owned the same item.


The Legacy Traditional Skills project, spearheaded by Offaly Local Development company, sets about the ambitious task of reviving some of these 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

  • Workshops

  • Demonstrations

  • Inspiration

  • Education