Sigginstown Castle

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Summer 2021 Medieval Tile Making Workshops - Join Us!

In 2020 we experimented with making medieval inlaid tiles for the tower, and now we are ready to make a lot more! Join us for our hands-on workshops to put your Maker's Mark on Sigginstown Castle!

Please come help us make tiles for the tower!

Workshop details on our flyer

Sign up and pay for Tickets on Eventbriite

Workshop Dates (Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm)

July 17,18, 24, 25, 31, August 1,14,15

You will get to make about 10 medieval inlaid tiles using locally dug clay and fill them with white slip. We will be mixing and sieving clay and discussing this wonderful material for natural building.

Workshop is outdoors in our grass field with a tent for cover.

Cost: 60 Euros per person, includes optional tour of tower

Ages: 12+ when accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian

COVID restrictions and safety waivers required.

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Check out our Summer 2021 Events here...

Our FLAG Grant Continues! In 2021 we are delighted to be able t continue our construction with the help, of the FLAG South East region, BIM, and all of the people who believe in our project! 

Phase 3 Continues  We are back in Ireland working the castle. Despite a longer than expected break due to the pandemic, we are working away on Tower, prepping the Big House, and cleaning up the grounds. Read about our construction activities here...

Welcome to Sigginstown...

In May of 2016, after many years of dreaming and a few years of looking, we purchased property in County Wexford, near the sunny south-east coast of Ireland.  

Whereas most people would prefer a nice, clean, modern house, we have taken the road less traveled. Our new place has no roof, windows, doors, electricity or plumbing, but it does have parapets, watchtower, arrow-slits, garderobes, portcullis, fireplaces, spiral staircase, vault and a machicolation! 

That's right - we bought a castle. 
If the word castle makes you think of large luxurious palaces, forget that! Instead think ruin and budget!  There are large castles in Ireland, and then there are "tower houses" of various sizes. This is a smaller example of the latter - a primitive structure with an attached house that was intended for defense against whoever was unfriendly at the time. It would have housed a family, probably some animals, and a few servants. There are about two thousand tower-houses in Ireland, in all sorts of conditions - ranging from crumbled to the ground, to restored and in-between.  

Over time we plan to live in the property and also use it for community and historical events.  As medieval re-enactors, we have long been attracted to historical buildings and would like to see this lovely property have life and energy in it once again. 

Since this journey will take several years, and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, we are interested in having others come along and share in the experience. This website is intended to tell that story and illustrate how one building can be used for many different projects and collaborative learning.

We're going on an adventure here: definitely outside our comfort zone and with many challenges ahead - we are looking forward to all of it!