The Blackmore family got busy over lockdown with this project. It's a model of the crannóg in Cragganowen in Co Clare.
Crannógs were man made islands usually built on lakes and on which people built their houses during the Iron Age.
The Blackmores went to an incredible amount of detail with their model with both boys and their Dad involved in modelling various aspects of the build. Boats and beds were made from márla, the base from two pieces of timber and fire cement. Locally collected branches became trees. They even fashioned an ancient oven or fulacht fia was out of the sand and PVA surface, and a spit.
And all those woven fences demanded a huge level of patience and dexterity, as did the look out tower.
Best of all, the Crannóg has been presented to our school by the Blackmores.
We are delighted to have this model for our school. It has pride of place in our library at the moment and will be a treasure and an information point for many years to come.
Thanks to the Blackmores for their very kind donation!