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HISTORY OF CONNEMARA MARBLE

Connemara is a famous region in the west of Ireland. It means “Inlets for the Sea” in the Irish language and has a tremendous rugged beauty. Oscar Wilde is quoted as deeming Connemara a “savage beauty” which is incredibly accurate for anyone that has been lucky enough to visit the area. Connemara holds a particular fondness for those seeking the old-fashioned and quintessential Ireland.

Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble found in the region which is typically green-ish in color. It is said to be one of the rarest forms of marble in the world due to its limited supply and dates back over 600 million years. The marble itself is formed when limestone is heated under pressure. While the color is predominately green there are often shades of grey and brown seen throughout.

In 1822, the Joyce family from Galway opened up a quarry in Clifden, Co Galway called the Streamstown Marble quarry. The Joyce name was to become synonymous with Connemara Marble and have supplied some world-famous buildings with this beautiful marble. Galway Cathedral in the city of Galway is where you will see a beautiful example of Connemara Marble forming the floor and completing the beautiful cathedral. This floor is one of the largest examples of the marble in the world.