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Future Proof Kilkenny

Ormonde College of Further Education in conjunction with Future Proof Kilkenny present:

Building the Future from the Past

Ormonde College of further Education, Kilkenny, Monday 17 – Thurs 21 Aug 10am – 5pm, €70-€240 (depending on course)

Creating healthy green buildings using traditional natural materials. A series of hand-on introductory workshops and demonstrations of green building techniques. Participants can choose their area of interest or mix between workshops. Workshops are located in the heart of Kilkenny at Ormonde College of further Education. Available as one, two or four day workshops. Open Day on friday 21st August for members of the public to visit the workshop space and speak with the tutors.

Green building  1 & 2

Course 1: 17th – 18th August, €140, lunch included
Course 2: 19th – 20th August, €140, lunch included

Subjects include:

Clay Oven building.

Building with straw bale ; Principals and applications of straw bale.

Foundations ,  creating wall constructions- infill and load bearing, creating openings and principals of weatherproofing.

Rammed Earth; creating a sample wall using temporary formwork, earth and basic tools.

Clay Plaster; Mixing and applying earth plasters

Tutors:Frank Andresen, Gary Dalton  & Martin Mulligan


Dry Stone Wall Building

Wednesday 19th August, €70, lunch included

Building a low lying wall using natural wall; marking out, choosing the right stone, laying and finishing.

Tutor: Liam Cashin


Willow Fencing

Thursday 20th August, €70, lunch included

Demonstrating willow as a practical and sustainable fencing material. The one day course gives general guidance on willow planting, maintenance and harvesting. It covers the basics of willow cultivation, varieties of weaving, planting methods followed by creating a willow fence. All materials are provided.

Tutor: Eamonn McSweeney & Cathy Hayden


Natural Paints and Limewash

Thursday 20th August, €70, lunch included

The choosing, mixing and application of natural paints and washes. The use of lime render and breathable paints is a key component to maintaining the breathability and durability of green building

Tutor: Hugh Dorrian


Open Day

Friday 21st August, 10am – 5pm, Free

Open to members course participants, friends and members of the public who wish to visit the workshop and speak with the individual tutors.


Booking details and Workshop address

Telephone: (0)56 7763321
Mobile: 086 374 7907
Venue: Ormonde College of further Education

A special price of €240 is available for individuals wishing to attend the full 4 days of workshops.

For further information and to download the full program click here.

Tutor Profiles

Frank Andresen
Frank is a native of Germany and has worked worldwide building and promoting the use of natural building materials. Frank brings a practical approaches to the use of locally sourced clay (light clay and clay plaster) as a sustainable, healthy building method.
Email: proclay[at]hotmail[dot]com

Martin Mulligan
Martin runs an architects practice based in: The Studio Ballyreddin, Bennettsbridge Co.Kilkenny. Martin’s practice focus’s on sustainable and low energy architectural design. His practice incorporates many of the green building methods with the extensive use of clay finishes, rammed earth and clay oven and demonstrates their suitability in a contemporary setting
Email: info[at]mmaa[dot]ie

Gary Dalton
Gary runs his own Energy Management and Advice company – Ecoworks. Through a post grad course in energy and environmental studies at the Centre for Alternative Energy, Gary is keen to promote the appropriate use of materials to achieve low energy and low environmental impact buildings.
Email: gary[at]ecoworks[dot]ie

Liam Cashin
Liam is a local farmer with extensive experience in the tradition of Dry stone wall building. Having run a number of successful workshops, Liam is keen to explore the role of dry stone building in traditional and contemporary building.
Email: liamcasssin[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

Hugh Dorin
Hugh is a supplier of Lime, natural paints and building conservation materials through his company Stoneware Studio. Hugh is a graduate of the European School of Conservation , Venice and provides training and consultancy on heritage and conservation projects.
Email: mail[at]stonewarestudios[dot]com

Eamonn McSweeney and Kathy Hayden
Kathy runs willow basket workshops at her workshop in Tramore, Co. Waterford and has given many different classes demonstrating the flexibility and beauty of willow as a sustainable craft material. Eamonn is a structural engineer with a keen interest is sustainable living. Eamonn grows a number of variety of willow and has helped plant willow gardens and living willow fences for a number of community projects.
Email: emcs[at]eircom[dot]net




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