Bio of Dominic Keogh - our guest tutor

Dominic Keogh is a stonemason, lime practitioner, craft trainer and traditional Irish musician from Kilmovee, county Mayo, now based in County Clare. Informed by over 20 years of experience, Dominic is a leading voice in the movement to conserve Ireland’s vernacular heritage and has contributed to the conservation of many historically significant sites such as Spike Island Prison, University College Cork, Ichidoney House, Cork, Forenaught's House, Kildare and O’Brien's column in Clare to name a few. Dominic started his path in vernacular crafts at the age of 18, initially training as a thatcher, before becoming fascinated with traditional dry stone walling and stonemasonry. After training with fifth generation master mason Padraig McGoldrick from county Sligo, Dominic became concerned with the loss of vernacular craft skills in his home area, and focussed his attention on gathering knowledge and information on regional dry stone walling traditions, and building conservation, becoming an active member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland. His passion for preserving craft knowledge compelled him to complete a FETAC level 6 Train the Trainer qualification, which allowed him to lead numerous volunteer community projects and training events in order to preserve and promote dry stone walling, conservation and Irish culture. Dominic’s passion for Ireland's crafts has led him to be invited to participate and display at events such as the Milwaukee Irish festival in America, and the Canadian international Dry Stone Festival, where Dominic was invited to Amherst Island in Ontario by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada as an ambassador for Irish Stonemasonry. After seeing how revered Ireland’s heritage is abroad, Dominic returned with a new determination to expand on his knowledge of the craft, moving to West Cork to study architectural stonecutting, and monumental masonry under a German master stonecutter. Inspired by a passion for historic conservation, Dominic moved to County Clare to establish a conservation company and continue his mission to promote Irish traditional craft skills and knowledge. In recent years, Dominic has branched out on his own and has expanded his skill set to include the art of letter carving, and is growing a reputation for creating unique designs for monumental, private and public display.

Notable Events and Projects Dominic has been involved in:

Entrance plaque for St. Tierneys cemetery, Clones, (commission by Monaghan county council) Clócha nah Eireann monument, (DSWAI carving project)Glencolumkille, co Donegal 
Michael Coleman Homestead and Heritage centre, Mount Irwin, co Sligo
Milwaukee Irish Fest, (Stonemasonry and letter cutting demonstration, yearly.) WN, USA
Gathering of the Stones monument, (DSWAI volunteer project)Birr, co Offaly.
Spike Island Prison conservation, (for Cork county council) Cobh, co Cork 
West Cork Stone Symposium, Ahakishta, West Cork (ongoing, yearly)
Mullranny Dry Stone festival, Mulranny co Mayo (ongoing yearly) 
Kilmovee ETB community training project, Kilmovee co Mayo (ongoing, yearly) 
Building Limes Forum, Lime demo day, Drimnagh Castle, co Dublin
O’Briens Column conservation (through the Follies Trust) Liscannor, Co Clare

Dominic will be delivering an Introduction to building with stone and lime mortar at The Mudhouse on the 6th of August, places are limited, for more information and to book  see