in 1204 a group of twelve monks made their way up the river Barrow and founded Duiske Abbey. Now more than 800 years later two of the monks have returned and the Graiguenamanagh tidy towns committee is working to ensure that ten more life size granite monks make there way to the village.
The two stone monks are depicted working in the community, one is harvesting wheat while the other is carrying a sheep’s fleece and a set of shears. The tidy towns committee is hoping that the stone monks will contribute to Graiguenamanagh by attracting tourists. The plan is to establish a tourist trail through out Graiguenamanagh where tourists would follow a walk marked out by the monks. In doing this the committee are hoping to open up Duiske Abbey and show the contribution that the monks would have made to the surrounding lands.
The solid granite monks do not come cheap. The tidy towns committee are hoping to raise funds through an innovative sponsorship offer. The public will be given the opportunity to ‘sponsor’ one of the monks - and in return, have the monk created in their likeness or the likeness of a loved one.
For around €3,000 a sponsor can determine, the height, the size, the weight and the stature of the individual represented as well as the facial features of the monk. The committee believe that this will make it a fitting memorial to a loved one.