24 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The work of an Emyvale sculptor has been included in a stone monument of Ireland that was unveiled in Donegal last weekend.

Marc Kelly of Emyvale was asked to create a decorative stone for County Monaghan for inclusion in the Stones of Ireland, a fifteen-foot high stone map of Ireland that saw thirty-two individual counties made of stone, slotted together like a jigsaw puzzle. The monument, a year in the making, was unveiled in Glencolmcille last Saturday, 18th June.

Each stonemason was asked to carve out their own county using stone that was native to their area. All work was carried out on a voluntary basis by the masons and the project was assisted by donations of stone from quarries or families nationwide.

“I was asked to sculpt County Monaghan. I used a stone which was once a flagstone from the Coach House in Glaslough (Wright’s old shop),” Marc told The Northern Standard this week.

Each stone is decorated with artwork depicting emblems or legends relevant to each county. Thirty-one year old Marc chose the symbol of Tydavnet Gold Discs to mark his particular stone, which is a piece of pale sandstone.

“The design on the stone had to relate to each county also so I chose to incorporate the incised detail seen on the ‘Tydvanet Gold Discs’ housed in the National Museum. The discs date back to 2000 BC and are the finest examples of their kind from that era in Europe, it has been said,” Marc said. “All involvement in the project was on a voluntary basis while the stone was kindly donated by local quarries and families like the Wright-Kendricks in Glaslough.”

The project was organised by the Tirconnell Stone Festival group who run an annual event in Glencolmcille celebrating the traditional skills of dry stone walling and carving. It is hoped the map, a unique gathering of regional stone and a …

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