Located in a privately owned building, we now take responsibility for. When a person uses the space they donate money to pay for rent and bills and to purchase new equipment and materials. By staying in The Makery you become one of our community.
- Instant access to community life; primarily centred around handmade arts and crafts but also inextricably connected to farming, food and Rudolph Steiner.
- We have a fully fitted bookbinding workshop, loom room and wood workshop. Plus endless amounts of skills taught and practiced in the building.
- On Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, from 11am to 4pm, we also have a Pop-up Low Carbon Cafe which brings together locally grown produce in affordable handmade dishes that are not only full of flavour, but nutritional and low impact on the enviroment.
- A simple double bedroom with shared bathroom.
- Access to community kitchen and living space (as and when it’s not being used by another community member). You can of course choose to join in with any activity which is taking place.
- 24 hour access to equipment and materials for artistic pursuits.
Interaction with Guests
Because The Makery is a community space, it is often unpredictable exactly when people are going to be coming in and out of the building. As a fellow community member you are free to come and go as you please and to interact on any level you feel comfortable with. In Cloughjordan, a friend is always just around the corner, ready to chat or to leave you in peace.
The greatest thing about the neighbourhood is the diversity of things to do. Long before Cloughjordan was home to Ireland’s first eco-village, Cloughjordan was a diverse town where the community intermingled and socialised within seven different religious practices.
Today Cloughjordan also attracts a wide range of Sustainability-minded people, which results in a wonderful range of options for visitors. From our own community space for handmade arts and crafts to the base for The Anthrophosophical Society of Ireland. From Cultivate’s educational activities to Cloughjordan Community Farm, FEASTA, VSI, RED Gardens, and our own Low Carbon Cafe.. There’s never a dull moment.
Cloughjordan is proud to also be the birth place of Thomas MacDonagh, signatory on the Irish Declaration of Independence. This cultural figure gives Cloughjordan many reasons to celebrate.
- We are very lucky to be one of the few remaining rural towns in Ireland to still have a fully functional train station, acting as inter-city connector with Dublin and Limerick plus regional connector with Roscrea and Nenagh.
- There is also a local bus service daily to the neighbouring towns including Birr.
- The M7 motorway (Dublin-Limerick) is less then 10km.
- Hitch-hiking is very common on roads leading into Cloughjordan
- and bicycle routes are clearly marked on the quite country roads.
Other Things to Note
The people who use The Makery most often include active members of The Anthrophosophical Society of Ireland and Cloughjordan Community Farm. Our members also make up a group of people that include a chef, a couple of crotchet craftspeople, two writers, serveral loomers, a few book-binders, a baker, a felter, a soap maker, a group of bee keepers and many painters.
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The Makery is a delightful place to spend some time. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. There is a surprisingly large library and of course a weekly organic cafe, as well as the textile, bookbinding, yarn and felting work spaces. The bedroom was very comfortable and has a view out to rural areas. There is has a very eco-friendly focus and next time I would organise to stay longer.
This is a hidden progressive thinking jewel in the heart of Ireland, and if you're lucky enough to get a tour of the town from Barry, you'll be all the better for it.
The room is a bit small, but very comfortable, and the company is great. Highly recommend as a great value!
I am but one of a multitude of people who make The Makery ‘be’. You see, The Makery is really who I should be describing here because it is just another person, like you or I. Two years ago The Makery was but an empty house. Today it is alive because of the collective inputs of all the people who use it.
Some use it as a quite place to pass the time, others come and use the equipment to learn and to make something. There are other people who use it as a vehicle to give them a livelihood; making things for sale or offering workshops and courses. All of these things, collectively, make The Makery an attraction to people who want to learn, to people who want to eat good food, to those who want to relax and chat, and to people who just want to be able to purchase a quality handmade item.
We, The Makery, like all things handmade: felting, looming, book-binding, natural soap, lampshades, furniture, crochet, knitting, baskets, sewing, quilting, calligraphy, painting, drawings, food. To name but a few.
Being a non-hierarchically organised community space we appreciate and understand the need for all forms of people. How every individuals’ different type of input is just as equally important as the next. For this reason we cannot qualify ‘what type of guest we want to have’. Come one, come all. You are all welcome.