Probably one of my favorite pieces to date. Personally anyway, as to me it sort of encapsulates the entire project as a whole in its physical form. The word Eolas means Knowledge in Irish, Ogham is such a beautiful ancient script. A huge part of this project is an attempt to preserve, pay homage to and inspire others into passing on the ancient knowledge and traditions of our ancestors.
Currently this piece is on display and also for sale in Hugos in Lahinch which i definitely recommend checking out for both the food and for a look at the piece ! https://www.instagram.com/hugosdeli_lahinch/
Saoirse - Wicklow Quartzite
This was the very first piece I ever made. A really long time spent visulizing this beore i actually began working. Such power in visualization. I was really pleased with how it turned out. A piece I created as a gift to my two amazing friends Caoimhe and Darren Harrison to celebrate the birth of their Daughter Saoirse (freedom).
Abundance - Wicklow Granite
Commissioned for Plaza 212 Blanchardstown corporate park
Rían - Sligo Sandstone
Rían was a piece commissioned by Stephen O’reilly to celebrate the birth of his son Rían ‘'Little King’
Daniel - Wicklow Quartzite
A celebration of birth.
This beautiful piece of stone and ancient script was commissioned by Aideen as a gift for her Nephew to celebrate the birth of their first born son.
Iona - Wicklow Quartzite
Commissioned by Jack Goulding as a gift to his parents to mark the move into their new home which they have named Iona.
Igconai (Always) - Wicklow Quartzite
A celebration of love,
A beautiful piece of stone and ancient script commissioned by Jayme for Kate as a way of saying that his love will always be there no matter what. I really enjoyed working on this one, the base is quite unique as and has some remarkable character. An old piece of wood salvaged from a house belonged to a carpenter who was a long friend of my grandfather. .
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.
Image 1 - Achill Island golf club trophy commission
Image 2 - Buoys and Guls Display Bundoran Eriu and Eolas
Image 3 - ‘‘Liam’’ detail
Image 4 - Daniel and Grá (Love)
Image 5 - Works in progress
Image 6 - Abundance works
Image 7 - Resilience
Image 8 - Resilience (base)
Image 9 - Eolas (Knowledge) For sale on display in Buoys and Guls Bundoran