The three giants and the campfires in the sky

Sperrins, Northern Ireland


Commissioned by McGurk Architects Derry City and Strabane District Council.

"Nowanois met himself somewhere along the road
Down he sat, had a chat, passed on a wooden note
A little story about the now, the time that always slipped
You can’t catch it, only remember and – at times – predict

Ceoldán listened closely – a composition in the whispers
High in the sky sang a choir of the seven sisters
The melody, a nod to each note within his spiral
And as day turns to night, he sings the song so vital

Darach, daughter of a wicked hill,
Slashed a hole in the day, bent time by her will 
The cane of kings and all above, she swiftly swung the staff
And from the past, she passed apple, oak, and ash

This is the act of balance: future memories being made
All rising to the challenge in bright sunlight and shade
We see a glimpse, here, now there, the river winds along
You take one step, then two, and three, and thus forever on.