Limerick chainsaw sculptor branches out with Liam MacCarthy made from wood 

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Declan Hannon with chainsaw sculptor Will Fogarty and his specially carved replica of the Liam McCarthy Cup at the Ploughing Championships

Declan Hannon with chainsaw sculptor Will Fogarty and his specially carved replica of the Liam McCarthy Cup at the Ploughing Championships

THERE was plenty of timber flying when chainsaw sculptor Will Fogarty carved a replica of the Liam MacCarthy Cup from wood.

The man who raised the Cup high in the Hogan Stand has given Will’s handiwork the thumbs up. Will, from Hospital, met Declan Hannon at the Cargill stand at the ploughing championships.

“He seemed to be pretty impressed with it but after what Declan has gone through in the past month and a bit it would take a lot to impress him! He was a lovely guy, a smashing fellow,” said Will.

The Limerick hurling fan does a lot of carving demonstrations during the year. 

“I happened to be at a show in Galway the Sunday after we won the All-Ireland. When I am doing demonstrations I do two or three different little carvings throughout the day. I do owls, hares, things like that. I had already carved one little piece and I was thinking what am I going to carve now?

“It just came to me – the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The fact that I was in Galway might have helped stir the brain. I thought I am in Galway, I’m going to have to carve the Liam MacCarthy Cup so I did. They took it well. I don’t think anybody begrudged Limerick the win after 45 years,” said Will, who used Douglas fir.

It took him a couple of hours to make as he looked back and forth at a photo on his phone.

Will, of Fear na Coillte Chainsaw Sculptures, said he tried to get as close a representation as possible. 

“It is a bit rough and ready, it’s not always easy to see exactly what you are doing. You’d have a fair idea of what the Liam MacCarthy looks like anyway. The little scrolling and Celtic knots on the Cup, I try and get that as close as I can but you are doing it with a chainsaw so there is only so much detail I can get,” explained Will. 

To the naked eye it looks superb and others obviously think so as he has been contacted by Limerick hurling fans to make them Liam MacCarthy Cups.

“I have carved a few more for people. It’s over five at this stage,” said Will, who remains tight-lipped on the price.

It is obviously a lot heavier then the Cup as it is solid inside.

“There is a bit of weight to it. My chainsaw carvings are generally designed for outside so if you hollowed it out it is going to collect water,” said Will. There are very few Limerick supporters who wouldn’t like to look out at their garden every morning and see the Liam MacCarthy Cup.