The following is an article that appeared in the Autumn 1998 edition of The World of Hibernia magazine
Along the Atlantic seaboard, on the west coast of Ireland, there are 12 mountains that are steeped in myth and which have inspired writers and poets for centuries.
At the heart of the “Twelve Bens” in Connemara, County Galway, nestle marble quarries that mine the unique green stone known as Connemara marble. Continue reading
Stone of the month from stone world September 1999
Irish Connemarble Green Marble
Alone in the Atlantic, Ireland really does look from the air like a precious green gem, cut into hundreds of irregular facets by low stone walls. Stone defines Ireland’s spaces, and in the permanence of stone is recorded haunting fragments of the Irish past. Continue reading
Along the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Ireland are twelve mountains that are steeped in myth and mystery. In the heart of those Twelve Bens are the green marble quarries which produce the renowned, distinctive, green Connemarble.
Stone defines Ireland’s spaces, and it is in the permanence of stone that fragments of the Irish past are recorded. Even before the Celts arrived in Ireland, Neolithic (New Stone Age) peoples were skilled in stone work. Over the years, artisans have celebrated their faith with great monuments of worked stone. Continue reading