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Restoration Project of Irish Famine Wall

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.Galway, Ireland

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Experience hosted by John

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll make a short quarter mile hike to the location of an old estate wall that was built by over 200 men during the hardship of the Irish potato Famine in 1847.

Standing at almost 3 miles long and enclosing over 300 acres, this unique Famine landmark was commissioned by the kindly local landlord, to provide work for his starving tenants as their potato crop failed. They were paid a penny and a turnip a day for building the wall before many emigrated to North America shortly thereafter from ships leaving Galway Bay as the Famine worsened.

Over the course of your 100% outdoors experience you will learn the stone building techniques required to restore this part of Ireland's heritage to its former glory. And in concurrence with Galway being designated as the European Capital of Culture 2020, this experience allows you to actively participate in saving a cultural reminder of the Famine from disappearing from the landscape.

Afterwards, all participants are invited to sign the restoration ledger, that together with the section of wall you build, enables you to leave a lasting record of your efforts in restoring this part of Irish history, as well as leave your own lasting imprint on the Irish countryside...that will stand for centuries after you return home!
We'll make a short quarter mile hike to the location of an old estate wall that was built by over 200 men during the hardship of the Irish potato Famine in 1847.

Standing at almost 3 miles long and enclosing over 300 acres, this unique Famine landmark was commissioned by the kindly local landlord, to provide work for his starving tenants as their potato crop failed. They were paid a penny and a turnip a day for building the wall befor…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Steel toe capped boots
    Thermal socks (if desired!)
    Thermal water...
From £52
/ person
Sat, 18 Jul
14:30 - 16:30
£52 per person
£52 per person
Sun, 19 Jul
15:00 - 17:00
£52 per person
£52 per person
Sat, 25 Jul
14:30 - 16:30
£52 per person
£52 per person

Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 5 Reviews
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My father and I have been building natural stone walls without cement all our lives. I am an active member of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland and have been involved with many stone restorative projects. County Galway where I'm from, is one of the few Irish counties where each field is enclosed by traditional Irish stone walls.

It is our long term aim to restore an 8 foot high stone wall that was built during the Great Famine in 1847.

This extraordinarily long wall represents one of the few remaining visible traces of the potato Famine that exists in the country today, and bears silent witness to the most catastrophic event in Irish history, when over one million died and one million emigrated to the new world in America.
My father and I have been building natural stone walls without cement all our lives. I am an active member of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland and have been involved with many stone restorative projects. County Galway where I'm from, is one of the few Irish counties where each field is enclosed by traditional Irish stone walls.

It is our long term aim to restore an 8 foot high stone wall that was built during the Great Famine in 1847.

This extraordinarily long wal…
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Where you'll be

Guests start at a local farmhouse and walk a quarter mile to the site of the wall to be restored.

You will be shown how to select and lay each stone. I'm confident that after a short period you'll learn the ancient Irish craft of building walls without cement!

Buses leave regularly from the city to Claregalway, which is nearby. The website www.getthere.ie is best for checking out public transport.
A taxi costs approx 35 euro from Galway.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Clark
January 2020
This was such a unique and special experience. John’s passion for the wall and maintaining history is evident. John and his dad welcomed us like family and were so easy to get along with making us feel comfortable as soon as we arrived. My wife and I speak of this experience as one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. Being the first Aussies to help John restore the wall was quite special. We highly recommend this experience! Thanks John!
This was such a unique and special experience. John’s passion for the wall and maintaining history is evident. John and his dad welcomed us like family and were so easy to get alon…
Adam
January 2020
Simply put, this is a totally unique experience. Learning about the wall building is one thing, but to build part of a historical wall yourself is a totally immersive experience. Gives you a tremendous appreciation for history and the ancestral people, and a feeling of being a part of history yourself. John is a terrific guy with a deep knowledge of both the history and the technique. It felt as authentic and personal as any experience I've done. Fully recommend, and great value too!
Simply put, this is a totally unique experience. Learning about the wall building is one thing, but to build part of a historical wall yourself is a totally immersive experience. G…
Phillipe
December 2019
Great unique experience and sense of accomplishment afterwards. Cool to be the first name in the book of the wall restoration participants that John asked me to sign afterwards!
Mariea
January 2020
What a unique experience ! I thoroughly enjoyed it
Noel
December 2019
Emotively powerful and humbling experience to follow in the footsteps of those who lived through the Irish famine. Thoroughly unique.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

Dress for rainy weather just in case!
You will be under the friendly supervision of my father and I.
Taxi costs approx 35 euro from Galway.
Buses leave regularly from the city to Claregalway which is nearby. The website www.getthere.ie gives times of all public transport all over Ireland.

What to bring

Outdoor Clothing