The Ground Floor & Storm Lorenzo

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It’s been slow progress over the last couple of weeks due to the torrential rain and winds. Storm Lorenzo drew a halt to the build and although the ground floor structure is more or less up, we eagerly anticipate the second floor and roof structure phase. The interior of the studio will effectively be just a single floor for pottery painting and the tea rooms, however, it was deemed necessary when planning the building, to add a mezzanine level over three quarters of the studio to enable us to have on site storage for pottery bisqueware and of course a suitable space for me to continue to create the prints in silver jewellery range. The mezzanine level will have a balcony wall enabling me to have full view and contact with the studio. I have been very lucky to have met some really experienced people over the last year who have advised and assisted me in the planning of the layout, kitchen, natural lighting and funding of this project. Trust me , there is plenty of  super help, advice and assistance from local entities if you look for it. Fingers crossed you’ll see more progress in my next post, however , here are the latest pics…..

  

 

Another little local story in history……….

In the early 1800’s, with the threat of  Napoleon Forces invading , a chain of forts were built along the river  known as coastal artillery batteries. They were armed with guns to protect the river and one of these was built at Kilkerrin point on the Labasheeda estuary. Due to the canons range, they could only fire half way across the river, there was a second one build on the other side at Tarbert. Sadly, the power station was built on the old site here. The one at Labasheeda still exists (pic #1) and was renovated a number of years ago. It is situated on private farm land, however, every August during our well-renowned Dan Furey set dancing festival, the battery is opened to all for a morning of set dancing and music. Its a super fully intact piece of history, with a basement and ground  level, and a spiral stone staircase leads to the roof where the remnants of the canon supports remain (pic #2). You can stand on the side wall and overlook the Shannon, getting a great view of Limerick, Kerry and West Clare (pic #5). Also at the site, the old ammunition bunker still exists fully intact. The battery itself is still surrounded by a steel belt (see pic #3), which was attached to support the structure during test fires. There is a moat that surrounds the fort and access to the inside is a metal bridge (pic #4) which once may have been draw bridge. Pretty cool…

 

 

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