Aill Na Searrach
Aill Na Searrach ( Leap of the Foals ) - Clare Limestone, Driftwood Base
Aill Na Searrach is a small piece i made for Tom Doidge Harrison. The Name refers to both an Irish legend about the Tuatha De Danann and a breathtaking wave which breaks at the base of the Cliffs of Moher. Tom is a surfboard shaper living in Co Clare who has been surfing the wave for well over a decade. He recently shaped me two of my new boards and i felt compelled to make this sculpture for him to show my appreciation for his craft.
We are aware that when St Patrick came to Ireland it is said that he banished the snakes. Well as in many ancient cultures the snake in this story is a reference to our pagan ancestors. At the time in Ireland the spiritual leaders were a tribe known as the Tuatha De Danann (the people of the divine goddess Danu). It is said that the tribe were infuriated by the bringing of Christianity to Ireland by St Patrick so they retreated into the underworld, into the caves and into the land in Co Clare, but after many hundreds of years living in the underworld it came their time to be called out. In the form of beautiful white foals 7 Tuatha De Danann gods galloped out of the caves and into the light of day which they had not seen for many years, spooked and blinded by the light they galloped towards the setting sun. They did not realize they were headed towards the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. They galloped over the edge of the cliffs and passed into the afterlife. Beneath the area of the cliffs from where they fell now break some of the most magnificent waves on the planet.
Here is a video of Aill Na Searrach breaking which features Tom.