West Cork Stone Symposium (24th-26th March 2017)

West Cork Stone Symposium - Image Valerie O'Sullivan

The West Cork Stone Symposium celebrates stone as part of our environment, and as a source of inspiration throughout the ages

Come to the symposium on the Sheep’s Head peninsula, and be inspired by a rugged coastline that’s home to Ireland’s most creative communities. The peninsula is one of three West Cork peninsulas that jut into the Atlantic on Ireland’s southwest shores. Just an hour from Cork airport, you’ll find yourself standing on the edge of Europe learning traditional craft skills that have been passed down through the generations.

Discover how stone has shaped our lives and imaginations on this beautiful stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. And unleash your own creativity as you learn from stone masons, carvers, and sculptors whose work carries ancient traditions into the future.

For generations, artists, makers, producers, and dreamers have been inspired by the stone that forms our peninsulas, islands, rolling hills, and valleys. Stone tells a story that unlocks the flavours, textures, landscapes, and creativity of our Wild Atlantic shoreline.

A Packed Creative Programme

Our packed programme includes dry stone walling workshops, stone carving workshops, guided tours, exhibitions and more on West Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula – a European Destination of Excellence.

You’ll have the chance to learn from the experts, and to watch demonstrations of old skills like toolmaking throughout the weekend. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or experienced in working with stone, you’ll be welcome to join in a weekend which will celebrate the best of traditional Irish crafts.

Find out more about the festival programme, great places to stay and more

The Burren, The Fertile Rock

Cavan Town

Mulranny & The Great Western Greenway

Loop Head Peninsula

Sheep's Head Peninsula

Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula

Clonakilty District, West Cork