Thursday, 9 February 2023

Textile Details

'Love Across the Waves', by Arranmore and Tir Boghaine Womens' groups, Donegal. (Photo: Colin Peck)
'Love Across the Waves', by Arranmore and Tir Boghaine Womens' groups, Donegal. (Photo: Colin Peck)


Title of Textile:Love Across the Waves -Grá Thar na dTonn
Maker: Arranmore and Tir Boghaine Women's Groups facilitated by Deborah Stockdale
Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
Year Produced: 2008
Size (cm): 200cm x 240cm
Materials: pieces of material hand, machine sewn and quilted onto a backing piece
Type of Textile: Patchwork quilt

Following networking events between the carers and women's groups in the Tir Boghaine Community Development project, South Donegal and the women's group in Arranmore island, the seed was sewn to develop a patchwork project.

This patchwork piece was developed around the love story from the late 1800s between a merchant from the Tir Boghaine area, whose family was from Teelin in the Parish of Glencolmcille, and a girl from Arranmore. They met at the Fair day in Dungloe on the 4th of February and fell in love. They required parental consent to marry, so each returned home, promising to ask their parents for permission. As this predated modern systems of communication, they agreed to light fires on Glen Head, Glencolmcille, and Arranmore - both visible to each other, if permission was granted. Hence the title, "Love Across the Waves."

The women from both groupings met on many occasions over a three year period to work on this piece in their own and neutral venues. All this work culminated in cementing warm friendships and the creation of a wonderful piece of community art which enriches everyone who comes in contact with it. "Love Across the Waves" was officially launched in Dungloe on the 4th of February, 2008, on the anniversary of the lover's meeting.

Ten years later, the powerful story narrated through the quilt has inspired a musical "At the end of the day" which opens on 21st March 2018.

Owner: Arranmore Island, Glencolmcille and Kilcar Womens Group
Location: Donegal, Ireland
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Colin Peck

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