Medieval masons out in full force for Jamboree in Heritage Park
The build-up to this year's Lime Jamboree definitely did the trick as the event drew big crowds of local stone masons to the Irish National Heritage Park for the exciting construction of a medieval piggery.
Led by author and stonemason Paul McAfee, the skilled workers spent the weekend using hot-mixed lime and earth mortars renders to demonstrate construction methods of the past. Despite hours of challenging labour, the group completed the piggery in less than 3 days, impressing the many members of the public who came to catch a glimpse.
Minister Brendan Howlin and CEO of the Heritage Council Michael Starrett joined in on the traditional festivities when they officially opened the event, which this year, held the theme of 'Industrial Heritage'. Members of the public came out in full force to take part in themed workshops including the demonstration workshop for stone masons, plasterers and specifiers and a workshop for the public, which included a theatrical style informative talk accompanied by hourly demonstrations.