Film “Cherries”

And now the Film by Cathy Fitzgerald




Finally I did the book for “Cherries for Cherryorchard”. I was very pleased with the quality. Thanks to Cathy for constructive criticism and editing/proof reading. Thanks to Jeremy Hill for writing a lovely piece about my work.

The Book can be viewed and bought at


The Cherries have weathered the initial storm of attention from the local youth and seemed to have settled in!


The “Cherries” are located on the east side of Enniscorthy at Cluain Charman (Cherryorchard Phsae II) but, it is also signed Gort na Greine. Take road to Jamestown from the town centre (Ross Road/Carley’s Bridge Road) and turn right at the first roundabout. You’ll see the “Cherries” on your right as you head into the estate. See the map below.


While I was away on a well deserved holiday Tim (of Boro Landscapes) and his lads (Aiden, Rory, Thomas, Paul and James) planted the cherry trees, spread the grit and topsoiled and seeded around the sculpture.  So, now its completed and installed,  the young and the odd cat of the area have taken an interest in it.

On Thursday 17th June 2010, the cherries were loaded onto a lorry and transported to their final destination, Cherry Orchard housing scheme in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Loading of the Cherries

Arrival at Cherry Orchard, Enniscorthy


Prepared site                                                     Placing Cherries

In place, but final landscaping to be done. Thanks to Pat Rooney of Carlow Precast for the move and to Tim Harrington and the lads of Boro Landscapes for the groundworks.



Sanding and Helpers

Start of the sanding stage showing a contrast in the dark sanded areas and the unsanded areas. The initial sanding was done by machine but most of it was done by hand. I had help from a number of people with the sanding process which I am very grateful for. So, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Andrew, Albert, Bojanna and Willy for all your sanding.

Albert hard at work.


Carving the stalk for the single cherry from a separate stone.

Bolts/dowels inserted into stalk to attach it to the main cherry

A heath-robinson set up to lift and support stone stalk and keep the join tight while the stone glue is setting. Dog posing!!

Moment of truth, supports removed and glue set and it stays on!!!

Further shaping and grinding of the stalk.

The cherries rolled forward to grind the underside (19th May).

Grinding done, now on to the final stages – sanding and polishing. The home straight!! Mind you, there will still need to be alot of time required to be spent on detailing/adjusting/finishing.