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Sandy designs

Thursday, 25th October, 2012 1:00am

Visitors to Inchydoney Beach in West Cork could be mistaken for thinking that other forces are at play when they spot unusual but clever sand circles on the famous sandy beach. However, these exquisite and intricate designs are the work of the West Cork Sand Circles Group, which was set up in March this year by Matt Hart from Clonakilty. Since then the group have been creating some dramatic showpieces much to the amusement of locals and tourists alike.

"This idea of sand circles came from a friend of mine Ronan, who saw it first hand on Santa Monica Beach in America. He came back and showed me how to do it and we were making very simple designs at the beginning. When Ronan went back to America, Sara Kubiak and myself took over and we set up the group earlier this year properly but we've been designing sand circles since December last year, " said Matt.

Already the group has 144 members on Facebook and while not all of them are active Matt usually gets a good few to help out with the sand circles.

Weather permitting, the West Cork Sand Circles Group usually try to rake a design on a Friday and another one on a Sunday and they have already held their first workshop at the Clonakilty Arts Centre for those who are interested in taking part.

"The reaction so far has been very mixed. The residents in the area love it as their houses overlook the beach and they often come down to thank us for the creations. Some people often ask what we are doing but it's all good fun and sometimes it can take from two to four hours to complete a piece."

See West Cork Sand Circles Facebook page for more information.

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