***** OLDC NEWS ARCHIVE ITEM........... PUBLISHED 31.07.14 *****

Do you want to be a part of the traditional skills revolution?

There was a time, not all that long ago, when no two people ever owned the same
item. It was a time when everything you owned was either handmade by yourself, or
someone else made it for you. In that time you were not defined by what you owned,
but rather by what you made. When you use or wear something that was handmade,
that item seems to have an extra quality, a sense of soul if you will. Back then
everything was handmade because it had to be, because there was nowhere else to
get it.

This year, the Legacy Traditional Skills project, spearheaded by Offaly Local
Development company, set about the ambitious task of reviving some of these skills
by running a series of traditional skills workshops at various locations throughout the
county. These workshops were delivered by masters in their craft. You may have
noticed the posters as you travelled the county, or have seen the posts online.
Hopefully you got to take part in one of the workshops.

The climax of this project will be a celebration of tradition and heritage taking the
form of the Traditional Skills Festival in Banagher, Co. Offaly in August (22nd to
24th). Over the three days, the town will play host to a series of workshops,
demonstrations and other interesting events. Make sure to bring along your children
too as there will be something for all the family. The workshops will include such
skills as Pottery, Dry Stone Wall Building, Willow Weaving, Batik, and Felting. Many
of the workshops will have both adult, and child suitable sessions. There will be
something for all the family.

For those who are interested in learning more about Banagher and its surrounds

there will be two events to suit you;

Friday evening 22nd: Walking Local Graveyards. Walk to Kilrynagh (Church Street) and Saint Paul's Churchyard on the Hill.

Commencing at 6.30pm from Crank House, you will have a guided tour to view
tombstones ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th century with particular
reference to local families and fine examples of stonecutter's craft.

Saturday morning 23rd: Heads Up Cycle to Victoria Lock

This is a leisurely cycle with regular stops to look at things and places of interest on
the landscape with stop for a picnic at midday. Total distance about 20 km. Don't
forget to bring your picnic.

Start time: Meet at Crank House car park at 10.30 pm. Return time 2pm.

The full list of workshops and events is available on the website:
www.traditionalskills.ie. If you don’t want to miss out on learning that skill you’ve
always wanted, make sure to log on to the website and book the workshop(s) you’re
interested in. Also keep an eye on the website for any news related to the Traditional
Skills festival.

The festival will be held in Crank House, Banagher, Co. Offaly. Crank House is a
Georgian townhouse which is owned by Offaly West Enterprise Group. Over the
years the group has continuously developed & restored this building as a community
enterprise. The Objective of Offaly West is to pool local resources and to facilitate the
development of local business that promote the economic, cultural, educational and
social opportunities in West Offaly adjoining areas for the benefit of the members and
the wider community.

Aileen Duffy
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087 9430489

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