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Sunday 24 June 2018

Stag-gering sculpture in Clonroche

Leo Tector pictured with the sculpture by chainsaw artist John Hayes in Clonroche
Leo Tector pictured with the sculpture by chainsaw artist John Hayes in Clonroche

Pádraig Byrne

A new piece of art has been turning quite a few heads in Clonroche. The stag's head sits by the roadside just past the community centre in the village and has become somewhat of a sensation among locals with people stopping to snap the creation or even capture a selfie for Facebook!

The piece is the work of renowned sculptor John Hayes from Waterford, who has most recently captured national headlines with his 23 metre carving of a Viking sword which sits proudly in Waterford City near Reginald's Tower.

When the 200 year-old Clonroche Oak tree was partially damaged by recent storms, the owner Colin Dier was persuaded by friend and fellow-local Leo Tector to leave part of it and to make something out of it.

'We were left with about ten foot of a stump,' said Leo. 'I persuaded Colin to do something with it and we got John Hayes, who's been on the telly and all sorts, to come up from Waterford to do it. It turned out really well and everyone around here is talking about it and coming out to take photos with it and everything.

The sculpture has provided a new lease of life for the old fallen oak tree and the owners are delighted with how it's turned out.

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