Yesterday (Thursday 11th August) some 35 people from the area of Birr & beyond were treated to a guided walk on the Killaun Bogland Reserve, led by local man & geologist Dr. John Feehan, as part of the Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival.
It was the first time I’d been out to the Reserve since the end of March, and the transformation was remarkable! The fallen bridge has been completely repaired, and so too has the walkway itself. It is terrific to see how efficiently and carefully it has been reworked – no wood was disposed of unless it was necessary to do so – you can see from the photograph below just how carefully and concernfully done this was (the dark wood is the original walkway):
waste not, want not
Afterwards folks gathered at the gallery in the Maltings for some tea, coffee & biscuits where they were invited to engage with the works installed by Siobhán & myself, and to ask any questions about how the work came about. All round a very lovely morning!