• Mar 27
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm

RIAI CPD Links: Stone and Traditional Masonry Webinar

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Wednesday 27 March 2024
10.00am - 1.00pm
Live webinar via Zoom
3 structured CPD points

Event Information

Stone and Traditional Masonry Webinar: From Quarry to Quoin

This three-hour webinar will provide a detailed overview of traditional stone masonry, from its source at quarry, to specification for its use in building conservation and new work. Led by leading stone masons and stone suppliers, O’Flaherty Stone of Co. Wicklow and INStone of Co. Clare, expert speakers will guide attendees through the sources of Irish granite and limestone and the tradition that binds the craft and trade of stone masonry in Ireland.  

Case studies both large and small, and project analysis from around the country, will provide insights into native stone specification, in-situ stone repairs, conservation and restoration practices, and the essential principles and logistics of stone extraction and working. Featutred projects will include St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford; Four Cours capitals, Dublin; St. John’s Cathedral, Limerick; O’Connell Monument, Ennis. 

As skilled educators and trainers, the speakers will also explore sustaining the tradition in Ireland by developing knowledge at specification stage, to ensuring apprenticeships and training are advanced at local and national levels. Regular opportunities for questions and answers will allow for audience engagement.


O’Flaherty Stone are eighth-generation stone masons/stone cutters based in Ballyknockan, “The Granite Village”. Nested in the Wicklow mountains, the O’Flaherty’s continue to sustain their historical family stone-masonry/cutting practices, keeping The Granite Village traditions alive.

Killian and Petra O’Flaherty have developed a wide range of stone cutting and masonry services that includes architectural work, conservation and repair, sculpture and letter-cutting – executed in many parts of Ireland. 

INStone - Irish Natural Stone is a family-managed business which was established in 1991 in Boston, Tubber, Co. Clare by Directors Frank & Mary McCormack. Since then, INStone has grown to be one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of Irish Limestone materials, bespoke stone sculptures, and specialists in heritage preservation. In addition to its on-site and studio work, the firm also operates the Burren INStone Academy, providing essential training and education in the stone masonry field.

Frank McCormack is Managing Director of INStone. With over 50 years of expertise in the stone industry and honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Frank McCormack embodies the visionary drive behind INStone’s (Irish Natural Stone’s) pursuit of excellence in all facets of the company. From the meticulous craftsmanship within stone masonry, to the innovative design of bespoke stone sculptures and architectural detailing, Frank's unwavering commitment sets the standard for INStone’s dedication to quality and innovation. Guided by his passion and expertise, INStone continues to push boundaries, elevate standards, and redefine the possibilities within the stone industry.

Jamie Forde is Operations Manager and Building Surveyor for INStone. Following his time in the University of Limerick, Jamie started his career in education, teaching Construction Studies and Materials Technology both within Ireland and the United Kingdom. After many years, he followed his passion for Building Conservation and retrained in the areas of Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability with Griffith College Dublin, and further went on to complete his PgDip in Building Surveying with Dundalk Institute of Technology. Thanks to his varied experience, Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to every project undertaken within INStone – be it within building consultancy or education through INStone’s Academy.

A recording of the webinar will be circulated the day after the event, available to view for a two-week period for all attendees and ticket-holders who cannot attend on the day. This also allows attendees to view part of the live proceedings and watch the remainder afterwards. In all cases, please book as normal and rest assured you will be included on the circular list after the event.

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For any queries relating to this Event please contact: info@dublincivictrust.ie.