While creating this vast project, visitors will learn about Irish wool as a natural, eco-friendly material that has been used for thousands of years in a wide variety of applications. As a renewable resource that comes from sheep, wool is a sustainable material that can be produced without depleting finite resources. Sheep also help to maintain healthy grasslands and reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, further contributing to their environmental benefits.
Lorna McCormack, CEO and Founder of Wool in School, says: “We are delighted to be a part of this imaginative project highlighting Irish wool as a creative form. The idea of a Wall of Wool encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy not only knitting but also to make and create art with this interesting and versatile medium. The intricate nature of wool almost has a mind of its own as it transforms itself into a beautiful piece of art.”
Throughout the Championships, the Wall of Wool will be created by visitors partaking in these wool challenges and will be assembled by Michelle and the Wool in School team of crafters at the Culture, Creativity, Innovation and Sport Tent.
The final project, which combines four separate wool panels, will then be displayed in various locations across the four provinces of Ireland. The Wall of Wool comprises Irish wool from Donegal Yarns, Galway Wool, Ciarán’s Yarns, and Eriu.
Check out the live performance programme for the #Ploughing2023 on the stage at Stand 360, Block 3:
Tuesday August 19th
11am Trad Group
1.00pm Wool Panel Discussion
15.00pm Music Generation Rock Band
Wednesday August 20th
11.00am Malva Ukrainian Choir
15.00pm Bass Brothers
Thursday August 21st
11.00 Trad Orchestra
12.30 Health National School Choir TBC
13.00 Malva Ukrainian Choir