Wednesday, 11 May 2022 09:17

REKINDLE: Festival of Lost Skills - May 15th

Common Knowledge are excited to be running an intergenerational micro-festival from 12-5 pm on May 15th,

focusing on rekindling and celebrating traditional skills of the past. Festival tickets are free but limited, so ensure to book yours here on Eventbrite.


Advances in so many aspects of our lives have deafened us to the wisdom of our grandparents. This is an opportunity to reconnect our generations again, and to share the stories, techniques and tools our elders used to build, maintain and run their own homes.


At the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon we will be joined by a range of skilled older people who have experience in the practical knowledge necessary to support a self-sustainable life - including boat building, woodturning, soap making, felting, weaving, food preservation, baking, natural dyeing and horse shoe making. There will be local traditional music and food at the Gallery and poetry readings and story-telling workshops at The Salmon Bookshop & Literary Centre across the road. Although this event is not catered specifically to children, families are most welcome. Expect a lively, village fair type atmosphere and make sure to leave yourself plenty of time to meander around the many coffee shops of Ennistymon’s main street.


As part of our festival, master stonemason Dominic Keogh will run an immersive Lime Plasters & Rendering weekend workshop at our HQ in Ballyea North, Ennistymon on May 14th + 15th. This is a two day introduction course for owners of vernacular buildings, or people wishing to learn a modern use for traditional craft. Note: Tickets to the Lime weekend workshop must be booked separately to REKINDLE tickets and cost €380, which covers all tools, materials, food, drink and tuition for the two days. Learn more and book here.


With thanks to the Community Foundation for Ireland for supporting this project.