Three unusual sculptures made entirely of sand are created at in courtyard of Dublin Castle

A week earlier eighty tonnes of sand was delivered to the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the sculptors to begin their work. The project is the brainchild of three graduates from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Fine Art course with the financial backing of Dublin City Council.  Fergus Mulvany, Daniel Boyle and Niall Magee, collectively known as 'Duthain Dealbh', along with some visiting sculptors have been hard at work. 

Daniel Doyle describes the process of sculpting using sand and how the sculptures can withstand the rain. 

The sand used here comes from a quarry and is made up of about ten per cent silt and mud which helps it stick together better.

Duthain Dealbh has carved sand sculptures all over the world and they hope that the exhibition will raise the profile of sand sculpture in Ireland. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 August 2003. The reporter is Cathal Murray.