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Meet the Connemara man building a miniature village in his garden

Tom Wallace has built a mini castle, church and cottage.

Source: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

A CONNEMNARA NATIVE has began to build a miniature village in his garden.

Tom Wallace from An Cheathrú Rua in County Galway first built a small thatched cottage before beginning work on his own castle in 2012.

Wallace told RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta that he had no design for the castle, “just a picture in my head as to how it would look”.

I thought when I finished it that I’d leave it at that because it had taken a lot of work, but then I was looking out at it, and I thought it looked a little bit lonely, so I started on the church then last year. I really enjoyed building it.

Wallace, a non-drinker, said he might turn his hand to building a pub next.

I might try something else now, maybe a pub. I never drank a drop in my life, but my friends have assured me they will support me and drink in my pub if I build it!

Hundreds of curious visitors have stopped by to look at the miniature buildings in recent months.

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Wallace said that anyone who wants to visit and take pictures is more than welcome. 

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