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FREE Heritage Day event at the Swiss Cottage

Demonstration of Stone Carving and Cast Ironwork by stone mason Philip Quinn

FREE ADMISSION

Heritage Sunday 30th August

14:00 - 17:00 p.m.

As the theme for 2015 Heritage Week is our industrial heritage, Philip Quinn of 'Stonemad', Holycross will demonstrate the ancient craft of stone carving at Swiss Cottage on Sunday 30th August 2.00 - 5.00 pm.

Philip has worked on many projects in conjunction with local interest groups, including the creation of 'An tSli', a stone sculpture based on the sallyport or guarded gate which allowed pedestrian access through the medieval town wall of Cashel.

Newly opened in Cashel, the 'Gout's Pool' sculpture & wildflower garden opposite the Bothan Scoir incorporates elements of St. Declan's Way, the medieval route from Cashel to Ardmore.

This route passes through Cahir, where the town's Community Sensory Garden provides a particularly fine showcase for Philip's artistic abilities.

Weather permitting, Philip will also cast a replica of a portion of the Swiss Cottage decorative cast iron garden fence with its intertwining branch motif.

The fence was originally designed and produced c1857 by the renowned 'Neptune Ironworks' owned by the Malcolmson family of Portlaw, Co. Waterford who

owned the Swiss Cottage for a period of about 20 years in the second half of the 19th century.