Jimmy McKeon from Stradbally, County Laois, a master craftsman and a skilled expert in stone carving, started his own business in Stradbally in 1950. Since then, McKeon Stone has been extracting large premium blocks of stone, using world-class technology, from their 20-acre site. Built stone The special features and versatility of natural blue limestone offer architects, builders and sculptors countless…
As a master craftsman, Jimmy McKeon was already a skilled carver of stone when he launched his own business quarrying one of the most versatile types of stone in Ireland – McKeon’s Kilkenny Blue Limestone.
McKeon Stone is the sole remaining Irish-owned limestone quarry in Ireland and specialises in providing a bespoke cutting and carving service carried out at their workshop in Stradbally.
Over €2,200 in prize money was awarded to the winners of this year’s stone awards at the Sculpture in Context in the National Botanic Gardens sponsored by McKeon Stone. Yvonne Mc Keon presented the prizes to the award-winning sculptors.
When a landmark building has stood since 1770 and has always been regarded as one of the finest eighteenth-century buildings in Dublin, its refurbishment and adaptation for modern use calls for the finest in design, architecture and materials.
We all know that stone is durable, it’s been the building material of choice throughout history. Archaeological sites around the world feature building made of stone that have endured for thousands of years. Here at McKeon Stone, we source our famous blue limestone from our own limestone quarry in Threecastles, Kilkenny and cut and craft it to each of our customer’s unique designs. We’ve been doing this since 1950 but the sought-after blue limestone from Threecastles quarry has been a popular choice since time immemorial because it stands the test of time.
McKeon Stone recently supplied stone for a new Catholic chapel in Gloucestershire which was awarded a distinguished architectural prize.