New Swords sculptures combine local beauty, heritage and nature

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A four-metre high piece of bog oak dating back five centuries is among a series of sculptures installed in Swords to reflect its heritage, history and culture.

The striking works at Pinnock Hill, Seatown Road, Seatown roundabout and estuary roundabout are the brainchild of Fingal County Council’s Colm Rigney.

The parks supervisor said his aim is that they add visual appeal and provide a link to the human and natural past amid the hustle and bustle of the modern town.

This sculpture at Pinnock Hill features oak from the Bog of Allen, with a surround built from limestone kerbs taken from renovation works in North Street.

It also depicts a calla lily (sign of peace) and two swans (sign of loyalty) in full flight on their way to the Swords Estuary.

The sculpture on North Street features a 100-year-old piece of cedar, which is 14 foot in length and five inches thick.

It includes carvings of local landmarks such as the Round Tower, Church Road, Swords Castle and Bridge St.

At Seatown Roundabout, planting and vintage farming equipment is intended “to tie up with some of the wonderful gardens in Fingal and our long-standing affiliation with market gardening,” according to Mr Rigney.

The red deer at the Estuary Roundabout was inspired by the close connections of the animals to Fingal including herds bred by Lord Talbot at Malahide Demesne, Lord Considine of Portrane, and Lord Gainsfort of Howth Demesne.

Red deer have been bred successfully by the Ward Union from 1821 to the present, with some donated to the farm at Newbridge House and Demesne in Donabate.

A rock garden has also been constructed at Bridge Street which features a bespoke curved mahogany chatting bench.

An original early 20th Century hand water pump, complete with Balrothery District Council plaque, has been restored.

A granite gate post engraved in Ogham script recovered from Swords Castle during excavation works serves as the namestone at the entrance to the garden.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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