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The History of the Team

Duthain Dealbh, is made up of the three Irish sculptors Daniel Doyle, Niall Magee and Alan Magee all graduates of Fine Art Sculpture, DIT, Dublin, Ireland. For over 10 years now we have been participating in Sand, Snow, Ice & Fire sculpture festivals and symposiums all over the world from Siberia to Singapore, Canada to China and everywhere in between.

Duthain Dealbh, meaning Fleeting Sculpture in Gaelic and pronounced [du-hawn dah-liv], was formed officially in 2001 to facilitate the production of large scale sculpture projects and Documentary & film making. We specialize in the ephemeral sculpture materials of ; Sand, Snow, Ice, Fire and also the production of art based documentaries and films.

The origins of our involvement in this area stemmed from in an invitation to participate in an international Sand Sculpture event which arrived at the university for Fergus Mulvaney, back in 1993. After this introduction more invitations came which allowed the three members of Duthain Dealbh, Niall Magee, Daniel Doyle and Alan Magee to be introduced to the various ephemeral media.

Over the last number of years Duthain Dealbh has also branched into Ice sculpting, participating successfully in many competitions and festivals around the world.

Our first Film/Documentary Production, "Cool Carvings" was extremely well received and had its first airing on TG4 in 2003, and also received great praise when it was screened at the Izmir International Film Festival in Turkey in 2004.

Alan Magee and Daniel Doyle have just returned form an international Ice sculpture competition in Jelgava, Latvia where for the second year running they have been awarded First prize. This year their sculpture entitled 'Why are we here?' was a poignant depiction of the humanity between two apposing soldiers in the midst of war. Check our photo pages for more (We are having some technical difficulties at the moment so only one photo at the moment. Sorry).

(We do have a video from the 2006 Dublin castle sand sculpture project. It was hosted on the website stag6.com which has now unfortunately closed down. When we can find another host we will repost it here.)

last updated: March 2008


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