Great turn out for unveiling of Kildare town's 'Heart of Oak'

IBAL sculpture unveiled in Kildare town

Paula Campbell

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Great turn out for unveiling of Kildare town's  'Heart of Oak'

Members of Kildare town Tidy Town's committee at the sculpture last Friday

There was a great turn out for the unveiling of the 'Heart of Oak' sculpture in Kildare town last Friday.

Commissioned by IBAL to commemorate Kildare town’s win in the national anti-litter competition last year,, Noel Scullion has created a sculpture that reflects the acorn. There was a great turn out for the unveiling which was held in tandem with both the equinox and Culture night.

Willie Redmond of Kildare Tidy Towns said it was a proud day for him, the town and the committee.

“It is an exceptional achievement for a wonderful committee who drove it over the past four years,” he said.

“Winning the IBAL has been fantastic in helping to bring the community together. We are always looking for more volunteers and support.

“We will be have our annual night on October 23 in Solas Bhride,” he concluded.

The split sculpture is set on a north-south axis marking midday with the sun every day. “People can walk though the sculpture, thus interacting with it, and perhaps, becoming one with the heart of it,” said artist Noel Scullion who lives in Kilcullen.

The split acorn is carved from Galway granite. The base is Wicklow granite.