Féile na gCloch 2022

Exploring Inis Oírr

Stonewall Building, Carving, Letter Carving Workshops and On Location Sketch Outs

Thursday 15th to Monday 19th September 2022

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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening by stone masons and  stone carvers, enchance your experience and understanding of the island and the festival.
  • Take time to vist the Aras Eanna Arts Centre on the island and the local craft shops.
  • Each sketch out starts with a 30 minute workshop with tips and inspiration from an experienced sketcher. Your lunch will be delivered to you each day.
  • Leave the island with a sketchbook full of memories.

D  – Time Schedule – Sketch Outs

Thursday

If you are arriving early, there will be an extra sketch out at Cnoc Raithníthe bronze age monument in down town Inis Oirr on Thursday afternoon from 3pm – 5pm. Meet at the monument which is along the main road between the harbour and the sports field

5pm – 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. The event will take place in An Halla which is located in the school behind the sports field.

After the talks, people tend to head for Tigh Ruairi’s hotel for dinner and then down to Tighe Ned’s near the harbour for chats round the cosy pub fire.

Friday

Meet at 9.00am at An Halla to get the mini bus to the location for the morning, the Lighthouse. An Halla is located in the school behind the sports ground.

The day will start with a sketching workshop with tips and inspiration from an experienced sketcher. This will take place at the lighthouse.

At 1.15pm there will be a mini bus pick up from the Lighthouse to the location for the afternoon, the Plassy shipwreck. 

A picnic lunch will be delivered to one of the locations. 

At 4.15pm there will be a mini bus pick up from the shipwreck back to An Halla.

5-7pm talks on stonewalling, carving, letter carving and sketching that will take place in An Halla. 

After the talks, people tend to head for Tigh Ruairi’s hotel for dinner and then down to Tighe Ned’s near the harbour for chats round the cosy pub fire. 

Saturday 

9am – meet at An Halla at 9am to walk up to O’Brien’s Castle together. 

At 10am there will be a sketching workshop with tips and inspiration from an experienced sketcher. This will take place at O’Brien’s Castle.

The sketch out at O’Brien’s castle will run until about 1pm.

Lunch is arranged – please ask for details on the day. It will either be a picnic or in a pub.

From 2pm – 4pm, join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall. Capture the camaraderie of the stone masons while they build a wall in this stunning location. Exact location details will be provided on the day.

5 – 7pm talks talks on stonewalling, carving, letter carving and sketching that will take place in An Halla.

After the talks, people tend to head for Tigh Ruairi’s hotel for dinner and then down to Tighe Ned’s near the harbour for chats round the cosy pub fire. 

Sunday

On Sunday between 10am and 1pm we will sketch at Teampall Caomhán, a church which is nestled in sand dunes near the beach. We will meet at the church (by Sunday, you’ll know your way around the island!)

At 10am there will be a sketching workshop with tips and inspiration from an experienced sketcher. This will take place at Teampall Caomhán.

Lunch is arranged – please ask for details on the day. It will either be a picnic or in a pub.  

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.

Registration Fee €75

This includes mini bus to some sketch out locations, picnic lunch on Friday / Saturday / Sunday, talks & lecutres, inspiring tips and advice from an experienced sketcher each day.

On Line Booking Form

https://feilenagcloch.clr.events

Booking Enquiries:

Ms. Marie Mannion,

Heritage Officer,

Forward Planning,

Áras an Chontae,

Galway County Council,

Prospect Hill, Galway

Tel: 00353 91 509198

E-mail: mmannion@galwaycoco.ie

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.

Ferries

The following are their contact details:

Aran Island ferries, RossaveelTel: +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

Accommodation

Please note: It is recommended that you book your own accommodation and transport prior to booking this course.

If you want help organising accomodation on the island, please call 083 085 1695

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

Caitríona Uí Chatháin         Phone: +353 (0)99 75090  Fáilte Ireland Approved

Máire Ní Fhlatharta              Phone: +353 (0)99 75083

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

Bríd Póil                                 Phone: +353 (0)99 75019

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

Bernie Uí Dhonncha                       Phone: +353 (0)99 75088

Pádraig Ó Donncha                        Phone: +353 (0)99 75000

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

Bríd Brennan            Phone: +353 (0)99 75125

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

http://discoverinisoirr.com/accommodation/selfcatering/

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

Web: www.discoverinisoirr.com

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