Brendan Mc Gloin has been working with stone for the last 25 years.
He originally qualified as a Graphic Designer from Letterkenny RTC 1998, but leaned towards a career with stone while working in Bristol that same year. After two years in Bristol Brendan returned to Donegal and worked with local masons learning his craft of stone building. It was later on that he developed his talent into actually sculpting and carving stone.
“Simple celtic knotworks and lettering were some of my first attempts to hew stone into something more than regular building blocks.”
Brendan left Ireland and travelled to Australia and NewZeland where he worked with the Australian Borad of Works in Sydney. Here he worked on restoration projects including St Marys Cathederal, Sydney Meusem, and the Land and Titles building.
Returning to Ireland at the start of the Celtic Tiger Brendan found his work in much demand and thus started his move into largescale Public Art. The first commission he won was for Bundoran Urban Council. A site specific work, Carraige na Nean has become an iconic landmark on the promenade of Bundorans coastal walk.
Brendan’s work can be seen throughout Donegal and even as far afield as Portland Oregon USA, where Irelands recent president Mrs Mary Mc Eleese unveiled a 14ft Highcross on the 12thDecember 2008