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An annual event

we host workshops in

dry stone walling

stone carving

fine art


talks and music

each evening


a guided tour

to relax

on Sunday.

The event takes place over one weekend in summer in Donegal, Ireland.

stone letter cutting; traditional stone skills; hand carved
donegal stone festival workshop dry stone walling
Clocha na hÉireann; Stones of Ireland; commemorative monument 1916; irish sculpture; stone carved; native Irish stone
drystone farm walls in Donegal with Patrick Mc Inaw

A Community Festival

​We celebrate traditional stone skills with hands-on workshops, building and learning together in lovely Donegal, Ireland.

Irish stone skills are unchanged since ancient times when they shaped our landscape, how we once worked and lived, and  who we are today.

Tír Chonaill Stone Festival was founded in 2014 at Mountcharles Pier in Donegal by members of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland. The event was welcomed in Glencolmcille before returning to Mountcharles in 2018, then moving to Ardara in 2019.

Our workshops are led by dedicated craftspeople who love passing on their expertise to learners of all abilities. Everyone is welcome!

A living heritage event, Festival goers leave a legacy of dry stone walls and carved stone for future generations in each community they visit.

Guest speakers engage on a wide range of fascinating topics from stonemasonry, history and cultural heritage. Guided tours give visitors a chance to absorb the jewels of our landscape and unique location. Music, craic & sing - songs in the pub by evening completes a lively weekend of camaraderie and friendship.

The Festival happens by voluntary effort, kindly supported by Donegal County Council, local business and like-minded  community groups. Thank you!

Unprecedented change due to Covid19 means like many events we are unable to operate as normal for now. But we're sure that in the not-too-distant future a great celebration is due when friends from near and far return to Donegal for the next Tír Chonaill Stone Festival.

Contact us:


​Patrick Mc Inaw: President

Louise Price: Sec.

​Joe Ryder: Chair

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