Deep in the heart of Ireland a bunch of stonemasons – driven only by their love of stone & heritage – gather to build a circle.
Iconic slabs of ’emigrant stone’ from Ellis Island has already arrived and is positioned as a compass, where a tower shall be built to surround it.
Lay people and masters of the craft alike travel from afar to join us
The Ulster team is off to a fighting start
Meanwhile – across at the Connaught Wall, a feidin style structure takes shape
There is no delay for the Leinster Wall with a bouldery style, using limestone excavated from beneath the bog
Stone makes people happy – connects us to the earth, to ourselves & to each other
A steady flow of visitors arrive to bring stones of their own to incorporate into the structure.
Like Katherine – who brings a stone from her old home place, now a tumbled memory. As a child she ploughed and thatched alongside her father, and carried stones to pile atop of walls of ancient fields. It means everything – her stone.
Master craftsmen painstakingly carve emblem stones for each province
But time runs short beneath the big Offaly sky
”With goodness in our hearts, strength in our limbs and truth on our lips”