Feile na CGloch - sketching weekend on the Aran Islands in September

Through connections with Pat, a regular with Dublin Sketchers, there will be a weekend of sketching on Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, in September. This will be part of Feile na gCloch, or Festival of Stone, that incorporates stone wall building, stone carving and letter carving workshops.

The official brochure will be out soon, but here are the essentials of the sketching element of the festival, in case you want to start making plans.

You’ll be responsible for getting yourself onto the island, and making sure you have accommodation arranged.

Around the festival schedule below, there is plenty of time to explore the island, as well as social time. Lunch is part of the festival cost, and most people eat together in the hotel of an evening.

Booking details are below.


Pat, Jessica & James.

Stonewall Building, Carving, Letter Carving Workshops &
On Location Sketch Outs – Exploring Inis Oírr

Dates: Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th September 2018

Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, County Galway

Schedule D - On Location Sketch Outs Exploring Inis Oírr
  • Spend three days exploring Inishsheer through sketching. Capture the magic scenery and culture of the smallest of the Aran Islands in your artists's notebook. Experience this intimate island through drawing her castles, shipwrecks, churches, seascapes and iconic drystone walls.
  • Through on location sketch outs you will discover the rugged beauty of this jewel in the Atlantic. Enjoy the creative camaraderie and be part of the exhibition of work done over the weekend.
  • This long weekend is for the self-motivated sketcher who wants to enjoy a fun and sociable time drawing on location in an ancient landscape. All levels of experience welcome.
  • Join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall.
  • Lectures on Friday and Saturday evening be stone masons, stone carvers and artists enchance your experience and understanding of the island and the festival.
  • Each sketch out starts with a 30 minute workshop with tips and inspiration from experienced sketchers. Your lunch will be delivered to you each day.
  • Leave the island with a sketchbook full of memories.

D  - Time Schedule – Sketch Outs
Thursday 3pm – 5pm

If you are arriving early, there will be an extra sketch out.

4.30pm – 7.00pm Welcome to the island and discussion of workshops, sketch outs and other activities over the weekend. Talks relating to stonewalling, carving, letter carving and sketching.

Friday 10am - 4pm

On location sketch outs with your allocated group at locations including the Wreck of the Plassey, O'Brien's  Castle, the lighthouse, half buried and ruined churches, the harbour, lakes and beaches, limestone fieldscapes, stonewalls, stunning skies and dramatic seascapes.

5-7pm talks

Saturday 10am - 4pm

10am - 2pm - On location sketch outs with your allocated group at locations across the Island as above.

2pm - 4pm - Join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall with prizes for the most evocative sketches.

5 - 7pm talks

Sunday 17th September 10am - 1pm
On location sketch outs with your allocated group at locations across the Island as above.
What to bring

Definitely sketchbooks, drawing pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, eraser. Perhaps loose leaf pages, watercolours, paint brushes, easel, colour pencils, oil pastels, or which ever medium / mediums you like to draw with.

This is an outdoor event. Irish weather is famous for offering 4 seasons in one day. Make sure to bring warm clothes, sturdy shoes and good rain gear. Inis Oirr has a lovely beach, so pack your bathers if you want to take the plunge.


Payment must be received in Euro.
Cheques should be made payable to:
‘Galway County Council – Stone Wall Workshop’’

A refund of fees (less €20 administration charge) will be
given, provided that notice of cancellation is received
in writing on or before 7th September 2018
No refunds given after this date.

Ms. Marie Mannion,
Heritage Officer,
Forward Planning,
Áras an Chontae,
Galway County Council,
Prospect Hill, Galway
Tel: 00353 91 509198
Gráinne Smyth/ Martina Creaven
Forward Planning,
Áras an Chontae,
Galway County Council,
Prospect Hill, Galway.
Tel: 00353 91 509121/509017
Website: www.galway.ie
An action of Galway County Heritage Plan

Transport to Inis Oírr

Workshop participants must book their own travel to Inis Oírr.
There are ferry services operating from Rossaveel, Co Galway and Doolin in Co Clare.

The following are their contact details:
Aran Island ferries, Rossaveel: Tel: +353(0)91 568903        www.aranislandferries.com
Doolin Ferry :   Tel: +353(0) 65 707 5555 +353 (0) 65 707 1710    www.doolinferry.com
After Hours : Liam @ 087 958 1465                                        Email: info@doolinferry.com

Doolin 2 Aran Ferry:  Tel: +353 65 7075949                         www.doolin2aranferries.com                                                                                  
Mob: +353 87 2453239                                                     Email: info@doolin2aranferries.ie

Air Travel

Flights are available to the Aer Aran Islands, from Inverin, Connemara, Co. Galway.
Aer Arann islands - Tel :  +353(0)91 593034                                                http://www.aerarannislands.ie

Please note: It is recommended that you book your own accommodation and transport prior to booking this course. Please see list of accommodation and transport providers.
Please also make your own arrangements for evening meals.

Leaba & Bricfeasta in Inis Oírr/Bed & Breakfast in Inis Oírr

Baile an Fhormna / Formna Village
Caitríona Uí Chatháin         Phone: +353 (0)99 75090  Fáilte Ireland Approved
Máire Ní Fhlatharta              Phone: +353 (0)99 75083
Baile Thiar / West Village
South Aran House              Phone: +353 (0)99 75073  Fáilte Ireland Approved
Ostán Inis Oírr                                  Phone: +353 (0)99 75020  Fáilte Ireland Approved
Brú/Hostel                             Phone: +353 (0)99 75024  Fáilte Ireland Approved
Máire Searraigh                   Phone: +353 (0)99 75024 
Máire Foley                           Phone: +353 (0)99 75037
Barbara Uí Chonghaile      Phone: +353 (0)99 75025

Baile an Chaisleáin / Castle Village

Bríd Póil                                 Phone: +353 (0)99 75019
Áine Uí Ghríofa                    Phone: +353 (0)99 75983

Baile an tSéipéil / Chapel Village

Bernie Uí Dhonncha                       Phone: +353 (0)99 75088 
Pádraig Ó Donncha                        Phone: +353 (0)99 75000

Baile an Lurgain / Lurgan Village

Tigh Ruairí Ó Conghaile (Rory’s B&B):      Phone: +353 (0)99 75002      www.tighruairi.com   
Bríd Brennan            Phone: +353 (0)99 75125

Self Catering
For a full listing of self catering can be found on the following link:

Evening Meals
Evening Meals can be booked at the following:
Tigh Ruairí:        Phone: +353 (0) 99 75002                                     www.tighruairi.com
South Aran House (bookings only) Phone: +353 (0) 99 75073   www.southaran.com
Ostán Inis Oírr:  Phone: +353 (0)99 75020                                     www.hotelinisoirr.com

Information of Inis Oírr and its services
Contact: Comhar Caomhán Teo, Inis Oírr, Árainn, Co. na Gaillimhe.
Phone: Phone: +353 (0)99 75008; Fax: Phone: +353 (0)99 75071

                                                Registration Form

Please complete in BLOCK CAPITALS and return with your payment to:
Stone Workshop 2017, c/o Ms. Gráinne Smyth, Forward Planning, Áras an Chontae,
Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway, Ireland. Tel: +353(0) 91 509121

We suggest that you photocopy this form for your records.

Title: ___     Surname:____________________ First Name:______________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________

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Registration Fee: ________________________________________

Workshop D - On Location Sketch Outs -  Exploring Inis Oírr

All lectures, organised sketch outs, tea/coffee,and lunches included Friday to Sunday
NB: Limited number of places for this workshop   

No partial Workshop Fee available  - Full Workshop Fee: €75


I enclose a cheque/bank draft for €------ (Euros) payable to ‘Galway County Council –Stone
Workshop 2017 and send to Stone Workshop, C/o Ms. Gráinne Smyth, Forward Planning,
Áras an Chontae, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway, Ireland.

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