Mourne Granite through the Generations

A good stone mason knows exactly where to split a stone simply by looking at its grain or “rede”. The Mourne area’s thriving granite industry dates back to the 1800s, so it’s little wonder that the skills of our fore fathers have been passed down through the generations. The area is peppered with many spectacular granite structures, none more famous than the Mourne Wall. Features Thomas Rooney stonemasons, winners of the Heritage Angel Awards 2019.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

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