Cleas Willow Weaving Workshop

Discover your creative streak with two ceardlanna trádisiúnta le Cleas, Inis Oírr

The Aran Islands are steeped in Ireland's rich heritage and history. In these creative willow-weaving and Aran knitting workshops, you will learn to make a hanging basket and to create your first Aran stitches.

Willow Weaving
Inis Oírr grown willow is used by Cleas to teach workshop participants the skill of crafting items with sally rods in the traditional Inis Oírr manner. A caoladóir basketmaker with 16 years experience works in conjunction with the workshop group as they weave their Sally Rods into a creation they will always have as a reminder of their journey to Inis Oírr.

You will need:
7 willows rods of around 5mm in diameter and approx 30cm in length.
20 willow rods-  if possible a little bit less than 5 mm ( i.e. around 4 mm) and approx 30cm in length.
(all the willow rods to be  left soaking  in cold water for a week beforehand to aid pliability).

Cleas aims to enhance life on the island of Inis Oírr.

They provide a public transport service with the bus Síob an Phobail, a year-round daily service, and support the promotion of the Irish language through their Translation Service Business to clients and the general public.

They sell hand harvested island seaweed products Fiúntas Feamainne including carrageen, dulse and bathing seaweeds and repair the Island's Seashore Walkways to ensure they remain open throughout the year.

Their locally grown willow is used to produce traditional and modern Items of Basketry and the world famous model Aran Currachs in various sizes are hand crafted by the team and sold in their shop, as is the multi-coloured traditional belt the Crios.

The Cleas Crafts outlet, situated in the Áras Éanna premises, stocks crafts produced by local island craftspeople and remains open throughout the year. 

The Taste of the Gaeltacht caters for groups keen to sample the island's food heritage and Guided Walking Tours are available all year around.

Through Environmental Projects, Cleas endeavours to keep the many walking routes, sideroads and wells on our island accessible and litter free.

Commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030.