Ruaille Buaille

By Patrick Dougherty     

A willow tree walkway of hallways and swirling chambers.

Concept Description

Patrick intended to build a walk-through work which embodies momentum and the forces of nature. The sculpture will rise above the grove of Alder trees and will include hallways and swirling chambers. This is one of the largest works Patrick has created.

Materials Description

The artwork involved the help of six full-time local artists as well as community volunteers and the use of over 10 tonnes of willow. The site is open to the public and provides an opportunity for the community to experience the creativity and energy of this world-renowned artist.

Sculptor’s Bio

Internationally acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty created a site-specific sculpture over a three-week residency period (25 May to 15 June) at Sculpture in the Parklands. The local environment inspired the sculptural installation and natural materials harvested from the area used in its creation.

The Crafts Council of Ireland and Offaly County Council Arts office sponsored Patrick Dougherty’s three week residency at Sculpture in the Parklands. The Crafts Council of Ireland also hosted a one week primary education programme during Patrick’s residency.


Come see the amazing sculptures inspired by Lough Boora’s landscape and heritage.

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