The judges arrived to a wonderful welcoming committee. For our first time entering the competition the judges made us feel more than comfortable in their presence.
A Storm On The Horizon
On 17 July the judges paid a visit to the seaside community of Magheroarty in Donegal. The currach club welcomed them and was just about to show off their paddling skills in the water, when the weather changed, causing stormy waters. The club showed off their currachs to the judges instead, and there was a lively discussion on how the currach club has contributed in many ways to the community of Magheroarty through their regular paddles on the lovely coastline.
The judges were introduced to the birthplace of the famous author of “Rotha Mór An tSaoil”, Micí MacGabhann.
Dr. Fidelma Mullane from the Heritage Council of Ireland has described the house as an archaeological find which has to be left untouched for a period of two years.
One of the judges was a little too tall for the doorways, but not to worry as locals kept an eye on him!
Mosaic Artworks: You Are Here!
It was down to the beach after that, with a look at the wonderful mosaic maps that show visitors where they are in the area, as well as where they are in the solar system!
To mark their first visit to the seaside community of Magheroarty, the judges were given a small handmade lobster pot made that morning by local fisherman John Mheabha.