There never fails to be mighty excitement about Féile na gCloch (Festival of Stones) which takes place on Inis Óirr island each year. This time our journey is made in an aircraft ‘the size of a tube of toothpaste’ – a mere eight minutes in the air.
A paradise for dry stone wall lovers – when we arrive work is already underway on a large retaining wall.
Our own Pat Mc Affee (below) and Scottish colleagues, Nick Aitken and George Gunn instructed workshops.
This year’s Féile saw an amazing array of attendees – including John Shaw-Rimmington of Dry Stone Walls Across Canada, Tomas Lipps of the Stone Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico and the talented Alexandra Morosco of Stonefest, Seattle. Scott Hackney of Marenakos Stone, Seattle and co-director of Stonefest also came.
Of course many members of The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland were present from all across Ireland – as well as folk from France, Switzerland, Australia, Netherlands, Ukraine, England Finland & USA.
Such great fun building walls in great company – then heading off to Tigh Ruarí & Tigh Ned for a bowl of soup and a creamy pint, or three.
The island has much to give to those who wish to forget time on a solitary wander
Back at the Féile we hold talks, forge friendships, compare notes, share experience. We get inspired. We sing and dance. We also build three fine walls.