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Lime Mortars for Homeowners of Vernacular Buildings - Practical ‘Hands-On’ Workshop

Are you the homeowner of a vernacular building?


Join us for this 2-day introductory workshop designed with the beginner in mind. The event is aimed at promoting confidence around the use of lime and an understanding of how and where it should be used.

Note that this event is supported by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and is an action of the National Vernacular Strategy, as such it is aimed at homeowners of traditional vernacular buildings.


Who is this for:

- Homeowners and occupiers of vernacular buildings


Who is this not for:

- Professionals working in the conservation sector

- Those seeking advanced or specialized training beyond basic repair and maintenance

Location: Virginia Park Lodge, Deerpark, Virginia, Co. Cavan, A82 T2N6

Date: 19th and 20th July 2024 (Participants must be available to attend both days)

Time: 9:30 am – 4.30 pm

Subsidised* ticket of €140 for vernacular homeowners

The full-price ticket is €350

BLFI Walking Tour: Kilmallock

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Lime Slam 2024 was on the

21st of February 2024

9.30 am - 4.00 pm

at the

The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 

                           (63 Merrion Square S, Dublin 2, D02 X338)

We have a great lineup confirmed for this year’s event with presentations from Michal Kosciak on the Restoration of Rockville House, Ballsbridge, Dublin; Tom McGimsey on the Use of Hempcrete out West; and Eoin Madagan on the Mixing of Air Limes in Bulk!


The beauty of Lime Slam is in the variety of our speakers, ranging from building owners to specifiers and contractors.  We are an organisation that likes to share experiences, learn from others and 'talk lime'.

The Lime Slam is a great opportunity for members to catch up and network.


The 18th BLFI AGM

was on the

18th of May 2023 from 6 pm

at the

Irish Architectural Archives

(45 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2, D02 VY60)


After the AGM and wine reception at 6:30 pm, our guest speaker was

Peter Robinson RIAI, 

Irish Tuck Pointing (and other repairs) to the
Royal Belfast Academical Institution




"Good quality architectural restoration relies on good quality contractors and materials.  The restoration of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution from 2012-2016 drew upon knowledge and skill from across UK and Ireland.  Presented by the Architect overseeing the works, this talk reveals the story behind the restoration of Sir John Soane’s only completed building in Ireland.”

Peter is a director of Alastair Coey Architects and has been responsible for projects including the £2M restoration of Grade A listed Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the £3M restoration of Grade II* listed St George’s Hall, Bradford. Peter has completed the RSUA Conservation Diploma and was admitted to the RIBA Conservation Register in 2012.


The 2022 BLF Conference & Gathering took place in Belfast at the beginning of September. 

Queens University Belfast was our venue for the conference.
The Great Hall designed by Charles Lanyon was the location of the Baker Memorial Lecture on the first night, September 2nd.

At this annual event, a variety of speakers including practitioners, specifiers, academics and historians presented papers on the use of building limes. There were site visits and tours organised during the 3 days.

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