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)
'The Gathering of Stones' as the first major event of DSWAI was a real success with much being achieved.
One thing which was important to the committee was that the participants enjoyed the experience and went away with a sense of having achieved something. We feel that this goal was achieved and feedback from all the folk who took part has so far been very positive, with quite a few itching to get back to help put the finishing touches to the sculpture.
The Gathering of Stones is a concept far bigger than the collecting of rocks to build a sculpture. It is as much about people as it is about anything else.
Perhaps, even more so?
This was quite evident during the course of the 4 days during which the event took place with the arrival of many people from around the country to place a stone at the site or within the walls.
The imagination of people has been captured by the project.
I believe one of the reasons for this is because 'real' people have been involved in the development of the project from day one.
Thanks to all those who contributed by investing their ideas, time, stone, resources, money and belief in the project. We give you all our assurance that we will bring the project to completion soon.
Members should note that it is far from too late to be involved with this project.
donating stone for building
helping with transport
getting involved in the building
or even digging into your pocket to make a financial contribution.
We still do not have funding and every little bit (really! anything! even as little as €5) will help to push this forward.
Get involved, be a part of it.
Don’t look back and regret not having contributed something to this ground-breaking moment for Irish dry stone construction.
If you like the DSWAI website and enjoy the forum etc then now is your chance to give something back.
With the appeal out of the way there are many many people the association wishes to thank from deep in our hearts.
Those people are:
Padraig Larkin, Christian Helling, Ronan Crehan, Louise Price, Oisin Price, Eddie Farrelly, Nick Aitken, Sean Adcock, Sunny Wieler, Ken Curran, Joanna Williams, Lucy Warmington, Barry & Jacob Noyce, Frank Gleeson, Eamonn Carthy, Thomas Donnelly, Cait Fealty, Caitriona Fealty, Tom Parkin, Michele Carini, Richard Schrade, Victor Daly, Waldemar Wower, Fran Coady, Damian Williams, Karl Kennedy, Sandro Cafolla, Dariusz Jurkiewicz, Seamus May, Mark O’Loughlin, Malachy Sheehan, Helmut Schneider, Alex Panteleyenko, Charlie McFadden, Scott Hyslop, Shaun McFadden, Anne Holland, Simon Hickey, Lynne Hoare, Herbert O’Toole, Liam Friel and Liam Walsh
Nick Aitken, Tomas Lipps, Sunny Wieler, Eddie Farrelly, Ronan Crehan, Alex Panteleyenko, Ken Curran and Francis Coady
John Lyons (Irish Shipping & Transport)
To the carvers for producing the four wonderful provincial crests:
To all those who donated stone to the project:
To those who helped with transport:
To those in the media who helped with promoting the event:
Bye for now folks..................
The story of the Emigrant Stones told by Bobby Watt and followed by Bobby's song inspired by the whole thing. Powerfully poignant
The 'Emigrant Stones' Donated by Bobby, from the original Emigrant docks in New York will form part of our dry stone monument that we will be building next week as part of 'The Gathering of Stones' in Co. Offaly.
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: