Sunday, July 16, 2017

Connemara Marble

So meet Ambrose Joyce of Connemara Marble.

"In 1822, the Joyce family from Galway opened up a quarry in Clifden called the Streamstown Marble quarry. The Joyce name was to become synonymous with Connemara Marble and have supplied some world famous buildings with the iconic marble. For those lucky enough to visit Galway they should seek out the Galway Cathedral in the city 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 and was supplied by the Joyce family mentioned previously. It will ensure that the family name will live long in the folklore of Galway and cement their association with the local marble" (


  1. Marble with green inside is really very rare indeed. Nice to know . When we were in Galway I knew nothing about it.

  2. ...I learn something new everyday!

  3. I have been in Galway but didn't visit the Cathedral. The marble looks special.

  4. It must be a beautiful building with the use of that marble

  5. I like that mottled green colour. I wonder what chemicals create the green.

    1. Green coloration is often due to serpentine resulting from originally magnesium-rich limestone or dolostone with silica impurities.

  6. The marble is absolutely beautiful.


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