The Ballytoughey Loom is a well established cottage industry working in the textile arts. Located on the north side of the island, last stop to the Lighthouse, you will find a treasure trove of  textiles which are unique, beautifully crafted, colourful, and  textural. Both weaving and spinning are on display to the visitor and you may even want to try it out yourself! Natural dying is also carried out in the workshop and a truly indigenous carpet of home grown, homespun and naturally dyed wool emerges. As well as this there is a vast array of scarves, clothing, neckties, and household textiles on offer in  silk, cotton, wool and linen. At the Ballytoughey Loom there are no repeats. Everything is one off and so very personal and special. Living on the island means I am influenced by it’s landscape and this is reflected in my work. I love to work with the element of space and patterns intrigue me. The ever changing ever moving sea is a constant inspiration.

From May to September I offer courses both week long and weekend. You can check out dates on the website. These classes are limited to four people so affords a great opportunity for individual attention and I am always willing to tailor your class to your needs, whether it be spinning, natural dying, or weaving  or a little bit of everything:


Beth Moran

A series of mini taster courses in handweaving

Booking essential by 9 p.m. evening before class.  Classes limited to 2.

Running from 2-4 p.m. on selected dates

Cost including materials €50


Thursday 28th June

Wednesday 11th July

Wednesday 8th August

Thursday 9th August

Thursday 30th September

Friday 31st September


A weekend course covering the basics of spinning, weaving and natural dying. As always we will focus on what the group wants and also within the group there will be space to individualize with groups kept at a maximum of 4. The course runs from 10A.M. to 4:30 P.M. first two days and finishes at lunchtime on the third day. Cost is 240euro.

May 5th – May 7th
June 2nd – 4th
July 28th – 30st
Aug 4th – 6th
Sept 8th – 10th


This week long workshop will give an opportunity to explore deeper into the setting up process in weaving and the preparation needed to visualize a project.We will also look at different plants and methods within the naturally dying process. As always we will facilitate individuals to focus on their own particular areas of interest. This is possible due to the size of groups (maximum 4) The course runs from 10A.M. to 4:30 P.M. finishing on Friday at lunchtime. Cost is 320euro.

June 18th – 22nd
July 2nd – 6th
Aug 13th – 17th
Sept 3rd – 7th

Price for week long workshop inclusive of lunch and materials is 320euro.

Courses can be arranged for individual and small groups at times outside those listed and can be tailored to suit the individuals or groups needs in terms of focus and content for the course. This will depend on the availability of the workshop facility at the times chosen.

Beth Moran, Clare Island, Westport, Co. Mayo
Tel: 098 25800  Mobile: 087 1254552

Weaving Courses are available throughout the year
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Opening hours: Mon-Sat. 11 am – 5pm, Sun: 12pm – 4pm, June to October and otherwise by appointment.

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