We pulled off a mighty celebration for stone lovers in Glencolmcille 19th-21st June
Largely this success was due to hard work and preparation on the ground in the months prior
When Festival day arrived – the weather was damp – but two hoots we did not give!
Instruction got underway for keen wallers
Our local crafts men had previously erected their standing stones, which they’d carved over winter
Meantime, mason Christian Helling had been busy with this..
The chair arrived on site the night before the Festival & was installed into the bay we’d gotten ready
Through the mists of the Glen many locals appeared to admire the stones
Our extremely popular carving workshops ran at maximum capacity.
With letter cutting and sculpting on offer, the Mart resounded with the sound of chisels and hammers.
Master carvers worked flat-out to teach students of all ages and abilities
Attendees from the Heritage Department’s Seminar on Dry Stone Walls arrived to take part on Saturday afternoon
Our good friend Padraig Poil couldn’t make it but gave us this beautiful stone
A testimony to our bond with Inis Oírr it rests in Glen forevermore
Our recently deceased friend Martin Mc Brearty is remembered
To complete the experience we toured the wonderful Glencolmcille Folk Village
And delved down into the monastic souterrain below the church
Then we visited the lovely Tobar Colm Cille Keeping our traditions alive with unadultertated passion
Behold the finished wall – a credit to entire community
Indeed we believe this is Ireland’s future, community effort to treasure our stone built heritage for all to enjoy
You can read Jacqui Reed’s account of the Festival here and other press coverage here
Assisted by Donegal County Council and the Education & Training Board.