June 11, 2020

All DSWAI workshop activities are suspended until further notice.

Please note:

Update on dry stone walling workshops.

DSWAI Board of Management has decided to extend the suspension of all workshop activities until further notice. 

Thank you wholeheartedly for your support and understanding and we wish you and your families and friends a healthy and happy remainder to the Summer of 2020.

launch of the DSWAI Bursary award .

The launch of the DSWAI Bursary award is to be held over given the current si...

May 17, 2020

Yesterday was National Drawing Day here in Ireland, organised by the National Gallery of Ireland.

Every year, the Gallery—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing with a jam-packed day of free events for people of all ages. 

This year the DSWAI decided to get involved and put a call out to the public to 'Draw A Wall' for National Drawing Day, to show the beauty of our Ireland's dry stone heri...

May 13, 2020

Join us on Saturday 16 May 2020 for National Drawing Day!

Every year, the National Gallery of Ireland—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing with a jam-packed day of free events for people of all ages.

The DSWAI is delight to get involved this year and we thought why not get creative and at the same time showcase the beauty of Ireland's Dry Stone Walls and buildings.

So young or old and ever...

May 9, 2020

The DSWAI AGM was held on March 6th. 

During the AGM The Draft DSWAI Strategic Management Plan 2020 - 2023 was presented and approved. It is now complete and available to view and download here.

The purpose of this strategic plan is to give a focus and direction to the main aims and objectives of The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland for the next three years.

Within is outlined the background or baseline data for the plan. For example, the brief history of DSWAI to date and an...

April 28, 2020

Call for participation

The DIGITAL ICH Observatory is conducting a survey on Inventories & Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). With this survey we intend to study the practices and opinions of users of ICH inventories.

The survey refers to the different domains of ICH - oral expressions (legends, folk tales, traditional songs ...); arts and crafts; social practices, celebrations and rituals; performing arts (popular theatre, traditional dance...) and knowledge and practices related to nature an...

March 20, 2020

Please note:

In light of the unfolding situation with the COVID – 19 virus and the governments restrictions being put in place manage the situation, the DSWAI Board of Management have made the decision to suspend all DSWAI workshop activities until June.

DSWAI workshops are a fun and rewarding learning and teaching experience for tutors and course participants alike and we are very disappointed to be suspending them. 

However, it is only right we take appropriate action to protect our members, v...

February 29, 2020

Dear members,

Thank you for your membership this past year.

As you will know, we are moving to a single renewal date for all members in 2020.
Membership renewals are now due on or before 1st of March every year.
(members who renewed or signed up after October 2019 do not need to renew until March 1st 2021) 

We would ask members to please consider helping reduce our volunteers workload by subscribing for auto renew.
All Auto Renew subscribers will receive a free small gift as our way of saying...

February 4, 2020

The Annual General Meeting of The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone from 12.30 to 2pm.  

Please confirm attendance as soon as possible as admin need to know numbers well in advance in order to change to a larger room if required. 

Members please note:

Nominations to the Board of Directors:

As members are aware nominations to the Board are welcome at any time during the year by contacting admin at info@dswai.i...

November 6, 2019

DSWAI are delighted to be collaborating with UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture (CEMAC) on part of the experimental reconstruction of a Bronze Age house at the CEMAC complex this November.

Between the 15th & 17th November UCD students and IAI members will assemble the dry stone penannular base to a model Bronze Age house under the tuition of members of the DSWAI.

The project is funded by CEMAC sponsored by IAI and is open to 10 UCD students (in any discipline) on an appl...

July 17, 2019

In January 2018 The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland submitted an application to the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht to have Dry Stone building added to the list of activities that are part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ireland.

On Wednesday 11th July 2019 we received news from the Department that the Minister had approved our application that day.

Thursday 18th July 2019 Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht announces the approval of the DSWAI applicati...

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