the traditional craft of stone construction
Promoting an awareness of the craft of dry stone building in Ireland.
Rose Cottage, Templemore Road, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
Chairman: Sunny Wieler (0876474355)
Secretary: Ken Curran (0872689419)
Dry Stone (drr- eye, ss-t-own) - building term meaning without the use of mortar i.e. using one single material in construction, namely stone OR where stones are combined in such a way as they gain their structural integrity from their connection to each other and without recourse to any other agent such as mortar.
Dry Stone Wall (drr-eye, ss-t-own, w-awl) – refers to a wall constructed using only stone and without any mortar or supporting secondary material such cement or a block work wall background.
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The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland (DSWAI) was founded in 2009.
We are a non-profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers. The current committee is mixture of professional stonemasons and those with an interest/background in the area.
In the D.S.W.A.I. our aim is create an awareness of the need for preserving the craft of 'dry' stone building in Ireland.
In doing so the association hopes to advance the education of the public and professionals in the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the craft of building with stone, particularly the craft of ‘dry’ stone construction (i.e. without the use of mortars).
One of our goals is the formation and growth of a community of members (both amateur and professional), which involves itself in dry stone projects.
Hopefully, on this website a space is provided for ideas to be expressed in an inclusive way, that also assists in the conservation and resurgence of the craft.
That is why your input and participation is vital to the group and we appreciate all feedback from members and the public be it positive or negative.
With these aims in mind the D.S.W.A.I. intends to promote the study and appreciation of dry stone construction by means of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, workshops, training and certification programs.
Our mission states:
That we aim to promote dry stone construction in Ireland and to spread the word to a wider audience of the importance of dry stone structures to our heritage. We aim to run a series of workshops throughout the year. The D.S.W.A.I. aspires to become a community of people interested in the construction and conservation of dry stone structures. Hopefully the website will provide a space where ideas and problems can be shared while being inclusive of all people interested in dry stone buildings and encouraging and assisting in the conservation and resurgence of this age old craft.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries regarding dry stone construction or the association in general. Our contact details can be found here on the main page.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Our constitution and mission statements can be seen below: