Lately we took a wee trip in a wee plane
Back to Inis Oírr
We remember a time not so long ago, when we travelled here with Martin.
He forgot to undo his seat belt – almost dragged that little plane across the runway!
Inis Oírr – a blessed world apart
For stone animals like ourselves – tis like going home
Native islander and expert waller – Padraig Poil – took us across his hand crafted fields, where we see a nine foot high wind break
I explain to Patsy Mc Anaw, that Padraig built this wall when he was 17.
‘No no no’ – Padraig interrupts
‘I was 18’
Either way – Patsy is impressed.
On the most westerly shore – lies an area called the ‘Ria’ – where Padraig crafts a new field
Battling with the open Altantic – every stone must be lifted – before a carpet of sand and seaweed can be laid down, making it fit for grazing
Most troublesome are the small stones to be raked and shoveled
for this ledge, to create a grassy slope instead
Bigger stones are moved to a further field – for walling
We did pick out a nice slab which shall travel to Tír Chonaill Stone Festival – to find a home in Glencolmcille – where Padraig is our guest waller.
It is a stone bond between our two Gaeltacht communities
With luck we shall return soon
7 thoughts on “‘God made the land – but we made the field’”
Great photos and great folk in them too. Padraig Pol is going to be enjoying his holidays in Donegal this June and looking forward to seeing you Donegal folk here in Tipp soon after.
Those walls are songs in stone indeed but that windbreak is a symphony. Hard yakka from all involved ‘twould seem, esp the itsy bitsy irritation of the small stones, each one missed enough to turn a spade or puncture a boot in years to come if it stays hidden in the created soil.
Great photos , looking forward to seeing Padraig Pol this again Summer!!
My friends and I recently stayed with Padraig at his bed and breakfast called the “Mermaid’s Garden” he’s an amazing man at 72 years of age.
An interesting experience for sure!