Welcome to Wicklow Granite Sculptures
Today Wicklow Granite would like to offer you a sculpture from our beautiful Island, a piece of Ireland in the form of decorative Irish symbol and our sculptured Currach range.
All items are hand crafted by us, a family of stonemasons, locally known as the Blood Brothers, coming from a long line of stonemasons based in Ballyknockan Village on the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
The First Quarries opened in Ballyknockan in 1824 and began supplying granite to the Architectural and Monumenental trades.
Many examples can be seen in landmark buildings such as The RDS, Fusiliers Arch, Civic Offices Woodquay, Royal College of Science now part of the Irish Government buildings, Stormount Castle and The Central Bank.
The Teacs (Disc) is hand-crafted from Native Wicklow Granite. Each disc displays a symbol of Ireland that are dear to our hearts and traditions.
The Currach range are traditional symbols of Ireland, as an Island nation we built currachs for fishing and transport to the islands off the west cost.
We sculpture the boats in granite and integrate Liscannor stone, Kilkenny limestone and Portland Sandstone, representing sea, rock and sand as the base for the granite curragh sculpture.
A note from Daithi McEvoy
Well, when you have a natural resource like Ballyknockan Granite on your doorstep and you have been shaping it into distinctive pieces for most of your life, learnt the skills handed down from generation to generation, you should really try to create sculptures that show the beauty of the stone.
What is it about Ballyknockan granite that makes it so popular? Its white- grey colour is particularly distinctive.
The old stonecutters/stonemasons referred to it as " the oatmeal" because it was so white and speckled.
Ballyknockan, lies on the western fringes of the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin, Ireland, comprising the largest granite massif in either Britain or Ireland.
Because of our proximity to Dublin in the 18th. century the granite was used in such famous buildings as The Parliament House in College Green now the Bank of Ireland and the General Post Office in O'Connell Street.
In the 19th. century it was used in the:
Jesuit Church of Saint Francis Xavier(1829-32)
St. Andrew's, Westland Row (1832-37)
St. Paul's, Arran Quay (1835)
Many Banks and Railway stations around Ireland were built from Ballyknockan Granite.
The list is extensive so I won't go on.
Our main business is supplying monumental and stone craft to the building trade.
But as I said in the beginning of this note we should show Wicklow granite off in its full splendour.
I will take a piece and will craft it into a symbol of Ireland, Such as the Currach Collection or the Teasc Symbols.
I hope you enjoy my work because I do and want to share the beauty of Wicklow Granite.
Have a look around the site and join us on Facebook. If you are interested in a particular piece, they are available in our shop on ETSY.
If you want to see some of the monumental and building work we do visit our quarry site.