Welcome to The Hollies

Have a look at our Programme of Courses 2018 Giftvouchers available

CLAYFEST is coming to Ireland ! ! 24 – 29 September 2018

Clayfest is an International Festival of Earthen Architecture. It is taking place at the stunning Irish National Heritage Park in Co. Wexford. Clayfest is a travelling festival and this is it’s first time to be hosted in Ireland . So this really is a rare chance to attend
hands-on workshops and an earth-building conference with globally renowned local and international experts. There will also be a day to visit Wexford’s earthen buildings .

We will be running a Cob meitheal. A meitheal is an Irish tradition, where a group of people come together to work towards a common goal.

The cob meitheal will be an informal set-up. It cannot be booked in advance and will be open to all passers-by, subject to space. It’s a chance to get your hands mucky and get a feel for mud without committing to a full workshop. Stay for a few minutes or a few hours, but please be mindful of others who might want to join in.

To view the exciting clayfest programme click here


The Hollies is a centre for training in Practical Sustainability on about 30 acres near Enniskeane, in West Cork, Ireland. It is owned by An Baile Dulra Teoranta, a company with charitable status for the educational work it promotes. It aims to create working examples of what a sustainable society might look like in the areas of housing, energy, gardening, economics and community development.

Since 1999 we have been developing educatinal programs and putting in place examples of various natural building techniques. The Hollies is particularly known as the prime place for the revival of cob building in Ireland.DSC_4473_resultDSC_7657_result We’re available for working with your group using our gardens, woodlands, lake, and buildings to design and run activities that are beneficial in many ways, such as improving health, practical skills, team building, social inclusion and sense of connection to nature.

We are open to volunteers from March to October, so if you would like to stay here for a period of time (min. 2 weeks), and learn how to build with cob, work in organic gardens and other sustainable living skills, do get in touch with us. Please contact Selvi who is the Volunteer Coordinator: selvinina@gmail.com

Visits by appointment or on Open Days.

Phone: 023 8847001