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 programme which ran from May 2023 to March 2024 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” programme is a step towards achieving that goal, and we encourage everyone to participate in it.

The “Legacy” training programme aims to bridge the gap between past and present by offering a series of training events throughout Offaly. The primary objectives of the programme 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 during the “Legacy” Training Program

The “Legacy” training program offered an array of traditional crafts to choose from. Participants had the opportunity to learn skills such as:

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

Skilled professionals taught all courses with years of experience in their respective fields. Participants learned the techniques and skills required to create their traditional crafts.

“Legacy” Training Programme

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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