Monday, February 11, 2013

As promised- More details on 'The Gathering'.

Greetings to all DSWAI members.
We are delighted to announce that the DSWAI are to collaborate with the international Stone Foundation on a dry stone walling event this summer.
This event will be a landmark in the development of DSWAI and also a great way to celebrate The Gathering 2013.
 We wish to encourage you all to come join us on the 20th of June for ‘The Gathering of Stones’ in the center of Ireland, at Lough Boora Parklands, County Offaly, where over the course of four days we will build our dry stone gathering point.
All four provinces in Ireland will be represented in the sculpture by using a particular stone type and style from each province.
 As part of the sculpture we also hope to include a number of carvings in the central feature as well the crest of each province of Ireland in the wall ends of the four quadrants of the outer walls.
  There are quite a few talented carvers and sculptures amongst us and we would love to give you all the honour of having your carvings make up part of our final sculpture.
Anyone interested in contributing a carving to the event please contact us with your interest.
 We are currently working out some of the finer details and will have more information as well as booking details available on the website by next weekend.

This will be the DSWAI’s first major event and we hope you will come and join us in this celebration of Irish dry stone heritage and help make it the great celebration we expect it to be.

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  1. Hi John,
    Thanks for your posting.
    We are all looking forward to what is a very exciting and historical event.
    The "Emigrant Stones"(4), which have been so generously donated by Bobby Watt, have already completed the first leg of the trip. On Tuesday they left Bobby's premises in Ottawa, and were transported to Montreal. From there, on Friday, they will be shipped to Ireland via Rotterdam, by Irish Shipping and Transport at a huge discount, arriving during last week in May.
    Because of their historical links to Irish emigration through Battery Park, Manhattan,after The Great Hunger, they will be installed as a memorial to all those who were forced to leave their homeland in search of a better life in The New World, many of whom never returned. Their installation within our permanent monument, in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Lough Boora Parklands Sculpture Park will also commemorate "The Gathering Ireland 2013"
    This is the focal point of the year for DSWAI and it should be a very enjoyable "Gathering".
    It would be great if you could get here.
    Kind regards, Eddie.

  2. Thanks Eddie. This will be a great gathering. Bravo Bobby Watt.

  3. i just found your blog while attempting to find information on a project i am planning on starting soon. impressive work! Could i email you a picture of what i am planning on doing to get your thoughts on it?