Caring for Ruins

Friday, 09 March 2018 10:35

Re-pointing using hot-mixed lime mortars and soft capping of wall tops

13th and 14th April 09:00-17:00 at Russborough House, Blessington, Co.Wicklow

Cost: €100 for one day and €150 for two. includes lunch and tea/coffee

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Tickets from the Shop. Membership of SPAB or BLFI essential.

SPAB Ireland and the Building Limes Forum Ireland (BLFI) present a two day 'Caring for Ruins' course, combining lectures, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, aimed at professionals, craftspeople, conservation officers and anyone with responsibility for the conservation of Ireland's many ruinous masonry structures.


2018 Calendar of Events

February 6th  - Lime Slam Helen Roe Theatre, RSAI, 63. Merrion Sq., Dublin

February 9th Wet Dash / Harling Lime Render Workshop, Donnybrook House, Cork

February 21st BLFI—OPW Mortar mixes for our Built Heritage, OPW Depot Athenry - Fully Booked!

April BLFI / SPAB Ireland Soft-cap & Re-pointing Workshop- details to be confirmed

May 3rd BLFI AGM with Guest Speaker, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Sq.

May 4rd  BLFI Hot Mix Seminar & Workshop - details to be confirmed

May / June Walking Tour Spike Island, Cobh, Co. Cork

August 18th - 26th National Heritage Week, highlight of Ireland’s European Year of Cultural Heritage

September (early) BLF Annual Conference & Gathering, Canterbury Cathedral, England

September (mid) Feile na gCloch nis Oírr (Date to be confirmed)

September 24th - 29th Earth Building UK & Ireland Clayfest , Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford


2018 Newsletter is available for Download NOW

The latest newsletter is full of useful information, including articles on: Nidaros Cathedral in Norway, Unknowns Unknowns and Stubborn Roots!

Download the latest BLFI Newsletter here


Lime Slam 2018 Tuesday February 6th

Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

An open-forum for members to present recent research, projects, experiments, problems, thoughts etc involving lime to an audience of their peers.

This is a call for members interested in presenting (and for all other members to put the date in their diary).

€ 20.00 on the door, covers teas, coffees and light lunch.

Please book a place by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Download Programme here Note: times and talk titles are still to be confirmed


City Assembly House, No.58 South William Street, Dublin D02 X751.


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Lime Works is an easy to read... technical
book for a wide range of people;previous
technical knowledge is not necessary. It is
comprehensively illustrated with examples
of lime use from Ireland, north and south.
Lime Works is aimed at the

  • Building owner
  • Practitioner (stonemason, bricklayer
    and plasterer)
  • Specifier (architect and engineer).

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  • Access to an informal network of contacts who are prepared to share information and to discuss matters of general interest to members;
  • An annual Journal, ‘Journal of the Building Limes Forum’, and regular newsletters;
  • The opportunity to participate in conferences, courses, workshops, demonstrations and visits organised by the Forum;
  • Access to the online forum, access to information, tutorials and publication
  • West Dean College offers discounts of 10% on the course fees to BLFI members
  • Scottish Lime Centre offers discounts of up to 20% on fees to BLFI members

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Scandinavia (Nordisk Forum for Bygningskalk)

Italy (Forum Italiano Calce)

Switzerland (Calcina: Fachverband für Kalk)

Iberia (el Fórum Ibérico de la Cal)

Mexico (el Foro de Construcción con Cal)

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