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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: fas Reply with quote

hi Good guy,thanks.this was built as a FAS project for the local tidy towns committee,six people took 2 weeks to build the stone seat ,using local Tipperary sandstone. jack
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Beaver island memorial, Arranmore Reply with quote

Thought you might be interested in this, Ponddigger. It was built about ten years ago in a lake on a mountain on Arranmore Island, Donegal. It commemorates the links between Arranmore and Beaver Island on Lake Michigan, where a lot of Arranmore exiles settled.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:03 pm    Post subject: Another view Reply with quote

Another view


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:56 am    Post subject: stone Reply with quote

hi lovely stonework,nice way to commemorate the exiles.it will last for every.jack
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi good guy.here is some thing I am envolved in at the moment.. http://dswaireland.ning.com/profiles/blog/list


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:08 pm    Post subject: Stone walls Reply with quote

What a brilliant idea! Isn't it wonderful what determined people can do? Also, how sponsors will row in when given a chance. I will definitely go and see this - I have friends who now live not too far away. I'll bring a piece of my own Donegal quartzite with me.
Thanks so much for sending me the link. The blog makes very touching reading - I will forward it to my emigrant sister in Alberta.
I attach two pics of the only stonework project of any size that I've been involved in. A few years ago I was approached by the local branch of An Taisce to help with a Butterfly Garden project. The site is beside the Tourist Office on the outskirts of Letterkenny and it was very open and windswept. I designed a layout for them, for the hard landscaping, including a substantial drystone wall which was to provide shelter and a 'storage heater' effect, as well as being an effective wildlife habitat. It was built using a FAS scheme, with stone taken from an abandoned house up in Glenswilly. It has worked quite well, I think.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Stone walls Reply with quote

Another view. An Taisce members organised the planting.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: well done Reply with quote

hi gy,well done.more of these kind of projects should be done around the country.jack
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: fas Reply with quote

hi found some photos of a stone bridge we built in fas.jack


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: fas Reply with quote

hi a few more photos from fas,hand cut stone arch. jack


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fascinating photos of the arch construction process. I am always interested in how bridges are built - they seem to present new engineering challenges through the ages. One of the last jobs my dad did before he retired was Site Engineer on a bridge on the Enniskillen to Dublin road and he often spoke to me of the challenges involved in putting a complex design into practice in the real world. I guess it was always so.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree with you there Good Guy. I have been resident engineer on several bridges, rail and road, both here and in the UK. The logistics, especially on rail or live motorways, have to be seen to be believed. And yes, it doesn't get any easier. Currently working on a new power station and what goes on there has to be seen to be believed. In almost 30 years I have never seen a construction site so badly organised.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That must be really frustrating!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frustrating doesn't come close - there are times that I just want to scream, trying to get anything done is just a nightmare what with so many co-workers, machinery, plant and materials all in the way, constantly. No wonder the programme is currently three months behind.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: FAS Reply with quote

hi here is a hand cut stone we built in fas


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