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Fenor’s “Holy Tree”

18 September 2014 Latest News Local News News


Large numbers of people are being attracted to Fenor where an amazing transformation is happening to a 300 year old fallen Monterey pine tree in the cemetery adjoining the church of the immaculate conception in the village. 

Local sculptor, John Hayes is currently breathing life into the 40 ft tree by carving a life sized image of the blessed virgin surrounded by 3 angels. Dubbed by locals as ‘Fenor’s Holy Tree’, it is creating so much attention, that now there is even rumours that a television documentary telling the amazing story of its vision may be on the horizon. John Hayes, a joiner by trade, fell victim to the downturn in the construction industry, but seized the opportunity to diversify his skills and underwent training in chainsaw carving. Stemming from this, he was asked by the parish council to come up with an idea for the tree which had fallen victim to storm damage, resulting in his masterpiece.

With the interest in his work, and smaller commission’s ongoing, John is delighted to announce that he is setting up a business called Special Branch Carvings & plans to officially launch it at the National ploughing championships taking place later this month. John has joined with a German company called the Camsaw Group who have invited him to demonstrate his work at the Ploughing Championships.

This big task has involved many elements of determination, patience, imagination as well as pure talent. Armed with only a handful of tools, John has managed to turned becoming a victim of the downturn of the building industry, into a marvellous example of pure skill, which has attracted people from as far as Tipperary to come and view his masterpiece. John has said “If you have a fallen tree and want to do something with it just give me a call”.

John has also recently completed a Bob Marley statue formed from another tree which came down in the winter storms. John can be contacted by email at specialbranchcarvings@gmail.com or his contact number is 086-1013924


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