Weekend Basket Making Course at Spiddal Craft Village


This is a two day weekend course consisting of Saturday and Sunday. Over the weekend you will get to make a bread basket on the first day and something around the size of a waste paper basket on the second day. I will also explain about the willow, how it is grown and prepared for use. There will be a maximum of 7 (during covid 19 I am taking 6) people on the course.

There will be detailed class notes sent on after covering all weaves practised on the course and also notes on the willow process from start to finish. 


Hours: 9.30 to 5.30 on both days.


Price: €140 including materials,


Accommodation is not included in this course, you will find an accommodation list below.


If you wish to be put on the mailing list for courses please email me. I don't use my mailing list as often anymore because the course are filling up without it so you better just to keep an eye on the website for dates.


Up coming weekend course dates :




July 25th and 26th (FULL)

August 22nd and 23rd (FULL) 

September 5th and 6th (FULL)

September 12th and 13th (FULL)

September 19th and 20th (FULL)

October 3rd and 4th (FULL)

October 17th and 18th (FULL)

October 24th and 25th (the bank holiday) (FULL)

November 14th and 15th (6 spots left)

December 5th and 6th (6 spots left)




''It was a brilliant weekend from start to finish! I thoroughly enjoyed the two days with you and the others on the course. You are a brilliant teacher and you took the time to keep an eye on us individually and keep us on track. Your passion for your craft comes through. I was delighted to create two baskets and hope to take this further with lots of hours of practice. I found the work challenging, absorbing and utterly satisfying. Many thanks.''



"Fantastic two days learning the art of basket making with the most patient instructor in the world! My girlfriend, who's a primary teacher, was really impressed with Ciaran's ability to stay perfectly calm when repeating the same instruction for the fifth time! For me, who spends way too much time in front of a computer - but still thinks I'm practical - I loved being immersed in the physical task of weaving. I was really chuffed with how my two baskets turned out ... oh, and the true test is the Irish Mammy (my mother) who couldn't believe the basket I showed her was made by me. The cheek! Would definitely recommend the course, all abilities would enjoy it."



"I would highly recommend this 2 day basket making course for anyone interested in doing something a little different for the weekend. Ciaran was a most charming and patient teacher and we had some great laughs with the small group. Lunch in the nearby cafe in the Spiddal craft village was delicious too.''



Accommodation list:


B&B’s in Spiddal:

Ard Aoibhinn - 1.2 km from the Ceardlann, Phone no. 091553179, web www.ardaoibhinnbandb.com

Ard Eoinin - 0.8 km from the Ceardlann, Phone no. 091553234, we.b www.spiddalbandb.com

Cloch na Scíth - 1.8km from the Ceardlann, Phone no. 091553364, web www.thatchcottage.com

Radharc Árainn – 1.2 km from the Ceardlann, Phone no. 091553632.



Hotel in Spiddal:

An Cruiscin Lan - 0.4 Km from the Ceardlann, Phone no. 091553148, web www.ancruiscinlanhotel.com


Other Accommodation options:

Connemara Coast Hotel - In Furbo (6 km from Spiddal), Phone no. 091592108, web www.connemaracoasthotel.ie

Padraicins Pub/Restaurant and B&B - In Furbo (5 km from Spiddal), Phone no. 09159244, web www.padraicins.com


You could also stay in Barna which is 11km from Spiddal, or Galway city which is 18 km from Spiddal. You will find any amount of options on line for these two places.

A nice hotel in Barna is The Twelve


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Contact : email : ciaran@ciaranhoganbaskets.com       ph : 00353 (0) 87 1516062 

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