Loughrea Scoodoos Sculpture Trail

A little Scoodoo is waiting for other bigger Scoodoos to arrive in Loughrea!

A little Scoodoo is waiting for other bigger Scoodoos to arrive in Loughrea!

Scoodoos Sculpture Trail in Loughrea

The site selected for Scoodoos Sculpture Trail in consultation with Galway County Council is the Blue Flag Beach, Long Point, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Funding for this project was obtained through the Local Agenda 21.


Scoodoo Sculpture Trails in Loughrea

Ten sculptures will placed in the vicinity of Long Point close to the Blue Flag beach. Information boards will feature:

  • Name of Scoodoo
  • Qr codes for smart phone link to scoodoos.com website for extra information
  • Information about blue flag beach, Loughrea lake as an amenity and environmental haven
  • Importance of environmental protection to maintaining water quality
  • Simple look, listen, touch activities

Design and Installation of Trail

The Garden School will be responsible for the following:

  • design the layout of the trail and prepare information boards and competition materials.
  • Installation of the sculptures and information boards
  • Carry out maintenance checks on sculptures
  • Running of workshops in conjunction with the trail and in local schools
  • Trail will be featured on www.scoodoos.com website and thegardenschool.ie and the Scoodoos Facebook page.

Involvement of the local community will be central to the Scoodoo Sculpture Trail, working with groups such as youth groups, local schools,retired groups, tidy towns, business groups,or any interested individuals.

Loughrea Scoodoos Sculpture Trail -timescale

Autumn/winter 2013

  • Site selection for the trail is chosen in consultation with representative from local authority e.g. Environmental Education Officer.

Locality is chosen with regard to suitability of access, existing landscape features, plantations and ecological characteristics as well as historical references and safety.

February 2014

  • Information evening for local community –

Venue: Loughrea Hotel and Spa

Time: 7.30pm

Presentation on Scoodoos concept, previous installations, invitation to community groups such as Foroige, Schools, Tidy Towns etc. to be involved in the creation of the sculptures and management of the trail.

Highlight benefits to local community- education tool, environmental awareness, heritage, tourist attraction, possibilities of revenue generation through merchandise sales to finance further workshops.

If attending the meeting please email to confirm – I am attending the information meeting on 19th February

March 2014

  • Scoodoo Sculpture workshop and installation of the Scoodoo sculptures.

Working with local community groups and interested individuals

May 2014

  • Official opening of trail with invitations to local community with guided tour of the trail.


May – October 2014

  • Trail open to public.

Workshops held throughout the year including, newspaper pot and seed sowing in a school; sculpture making etc.

Competition and Scoodoo day to mark the beginning of Blue Flag season

Members of the local community will be encouraged to act as guides for groups visiting and to participate in delivering workshops.

October 2014

  • Closing Event

Scoodoo evening with presentation featuring appraisal of the Scoodoo Sculpture Trail featuring exhibition from schools and individuals of art work photographs etc. representing their experience with the Scoodoo Trail

  • An appraisal of Scoodoo trail

Consultation with local community with view to future of Scodoo trail and examining the potential for permanent feature, repeat, development or removal.


Previous Scoodoo Projects

  • National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough House and Gardens, Co. Mayo
  • Bloom 2013 – Phoenix Park, Dublin