Back to the beautiful Lough Boora Parklands in Offaly!
You may recall The Gathering of Stones project which we began here in 2013
It has been a steady, but long slog for DSWAI members thus far – which has
involved thirteen weekends of labour between 2013 and the present day – all voluntary!
‘Built by the People of Ireland for the People of Ireland all over the world’
Amongst others, Christian Helling is back on site.
His signature ‘sunburst’ finish adorns his complex arch – now set perfectly into the central valette.
The form is good – and why wouldn’t it be – when you’re on the home stretch..
We build a second parameter wall which shall be shored up with earth, creating a bi-vallate enclosure, reflective of our ring fort heritage
The inner valette houses carved crests which belong to Ireland’s four provinces
The inner valette represents Ireland’s long-lost former fifth Province – which was known as Mide – or Middle Kingdom.
Mide was said to be the original seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
Not far from here is the sacred site called the Hill of Uisneach
596 ft above sea level, the summit of Uisneach commands extensive panoramic views over the central plain, with twenty counties visible.
In ancient times, to usher in Spring a great fire was lit here – the tradition continues today.
It symbolises Ireland united in its divisions, as it was here that the four provinces met.
The ‘Emigrant Stones’ from Battery Park have resettled well
”Our greatest tribute can be in the manner in which we carry ourselves for the next fifty years. We are not to die for Ireland; but to live for Ireland”
(Father Mc Dyer 1966)
Please explore the concept of the Gathering of Stones here.