The Weavers Cottages in Clonegal

The Weavers Cottages is located in Clonegal (county of Carlow)

Address: , Clonegal

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Phone: 053 9377575 / 087 9489342
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The Weavers Cottage, a 17th century construction by Alexander Durdin was built for local weavers. Originally there was a row of 6 cottages. This cottage would have been part of the cottage industry prior the mechanisation of the craft. Set facing onto the main street of the village of Clonegal, the cottage comprises a pair of semi-detached, two-bay, single storey dormer cottages with attic conversion. Within spinning wheels, looms and shawls woven on site are all visible to the visitor. Evidence for weaving in Ireland dates to prehistoric times, with many fragments found in anaerobic conditions in the country’s bogs. Historical documentations show that spinning and weaving was held in high regard, and the skill and craftsmanship an important attribute to possess. Many villages possessed a weaver, with other travelling crafts people often residing in areas for a time before moving on again. Small timber profiles gave way to bigger looms and ultimately mechanical equipment. The craft has been kept alive by a few and now once again, there is an increase in the number of weavers practicing traditional methods in Ireland. Here in Clonegal we ask you to step back into the traditional setting of a weaver’s cottage.


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