Following the resounding success of Donegal’s first ever stone festival, here is an overview.
It was fantastic to see faces from the length & breadth of Ireland, as well as to welcome visitors from overseas to Mountcharles
Stone carving workshops were fully booked
Festival weekend was blessed with fine, dry weather
A series of public talks were held in Salthill Gardens
Nearby at Mountcharles Pier red headed cailíní help with hearting the wall. Their work shall still be standing when their grandchildren walk here
We build about forty yards of wall
More than just a wall – its our living heritage
We held demonstrations of age-old skills
Like splitting stone by peg and feather
Making pillars of local sandstone – pure & simple
As was on the original old wall, we used shore stones to cope it
Hard work right late into the third evening – but not too tired to hang a gate
With much to admire, like this step- through stile
Looking very pleased with our work
A magical close to the festival weekend was a visit to Drumkeelan sandstone mines. See Sunny’s blog for a close-up view.