Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Throne of GAAmes' a hit at arts fest

Claire McCormack

Paul Berg, a sculptor by profession, decided to build the 7ft high and 5ft wide seat for the gala in Co Clare after a friend, noticed lots of old hurley sticks in corners, sheds and garages around the local area.

"Every year we tend to make something during the local arts festival. I was reading the 'Game of Thrones' and I said, 'of course we'll make a 'Game of Thrones' Iron Throne out of hurley sticks'," Mr Berg said.

Whitegate GAA donated 180 hurleys and seven local people joined together in a workshop to build the sovereign seat.

Clare hurler Brendan Bugler donated a signed hurley that is now woven into the seat, named the Throne of GAAmes.

"The young ones are so proud of it, they all know 'Game of Thrones' HBO series so they think it's cool," said Mr Berg whose dream is to make more thrones for the Clare hurling team and for Croke Park.

The throne now stands in the centre of the village of Mountshannon.

Irish Independent

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