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Tipptoggy

Cashel, Ireland

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CELTIC WARRIOR SERIES

Cashel in Tipperary is also know as Caiseal Na Ri in Irish, which means Cashel of the Kings, the commonest name in the town is Ryan, equivalent to “descendant of the King”.

Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of the South of Ireland, late Iron age tribal leaders who commanded the countryside from the impressive Rock of Cashel. The Ryans trace their lineage to the 2nd Century Ad.

As the twentieth century wore on the town eventually became choked with traffic, it being an ancient capital it had become the unwitting modern centre of communication for some of the largest cities in the Irish Republic. There are around 1 million people living within an hours drive (yet the town has a population of only 3000). If you factor in that Dublin is less than two hours away , then half the population of the country could visit Cashel in a few hours and one of the country’s main roads the N8 goes right through the centre of this little settlement. . A recipe for log-jams.

A few years ago the government built a ring road around the town, to cut down on heavy commercial traffic, reduce pollution and the associated dangers of huge 10 wheelers in a town originally designed for the pack horse.

To mark the new highway a set of tall metal Warrior figures were commissioned. These sit on the Dublin road entrance to the right of the by-pass and frankly, unless you know they are there you’d be pushed to see them at 60mph on a damp day.

I took a stroll around them with my camera and then back in the dry of my studio began imagining what would happen to them over time, how would they decay, on day one they were stove pipe black, but what will happen as they rust? And then maybe other warriors will join them and a new Celtic army will rise up op to defend the outskirts of the town…..

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