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Digital Traditional Stone Crafts Programme: Students from Coláiste Sliabh na mBan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Marie McMahon

  • Co. Tipperary

Tipperary Museum of Hidden History are piloting a textile and stone programme with diverse communities. The overall aim and objective is to encourage an awareness and learning of these dying crafts among youths. To make available expert tuition, strong leadership and a taste for traditional Irish skills.

The short clip today will show you, our valuable audience an interim review of the Traditional Stone Crafts Programme: Students from Coláiste Sliabh na mBan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, are a group of students aged between 14 - 18 years. They had not worked with these materials in the past and is a unique experience to watch them engage and grow through the process. This is phase 1 of a 2 phased process in 2022. The second phase will introduce the craft of dry stone wall building and the work will be carried out on the beautiful grounds of Coláiste Sliabh na mBan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

These skills are fast declining. Notably in Ireland there is a limited number of professional stone carvers and dry- stone wall builders. It’s vital that these crafts are passed onto a new generation. It’s also true to say that the practice of apprenticeships has fallen in the last 20 years. We we are confident that this pilot programme will encourage this group of young men to learn a new skill and even venture towards a practical skill or even an apprenticeship e.g.: Stone carving, Dry stone building and Rustic Furniture making

Learning Traditional Stone Crafts with Philip Quinn & Students


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