The yarn bombers strike in Newbridge during June Fest

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Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue

The yarn bombers strike in Newbridge during June Fest

Mildred Keys, President of the Kildare Foundation; Annie Morris, Athgarvan ICA, and Pat O'Toole, Newbridge ICA, with one of their Yarn Bombed exhibitions in the park in Newbridge. Photo: Tony Keane

It took over 1,000 people aged from four to 98 to create an amazing explosion of colour in Newbridge as the yarn bombers struck the Linear Park recently.

June Fest 2016 sprung into action as the Kildare ICA craft crusaders hung, tied and decorated crocheted and knitted sleeves for the trees, lamp posts and seats as vibrant toadstools dotted benches and railings.

The attack of colour was heralded at the June Fest reception at Newbridge library on Wednesday June 2 with festival chairman, Noel Heavy spurring a round of applause for the project. Praising instigator, Annie Morris and her ICA comrades, he remarked; “what a brilliant display, absolutely marvelous.”

Two months ago, Annie approached Noel about the yarn bomb and since then interest has grown with the Newbridge Family Resource Centre, ICA guilds from Newbridge, Athgarvan and Two Mile House, Newbridge Knitting Group, St Patrick's National School, St. Conleth's Primary School, Newbridge Educate Together, and Athgarvan National School all taking part.

Annie Morris's infectious enthusiasm for the project is evident.

“The Holy Family sisters were over here earlier and they had a tree and they were delighted to see it. We also have a huggy tree and all the children love it so we are creating a new generation of tree huggers,” she laughed.

She said the President of the Kildare Foundation, Mildred Keys is a genius when it comes to crafting and she had learned a lot from her and her colleagues.

“We are all knitting and crocheting. It's amazing. It takes just five minutes to croquet a flower,” said Annie.

“The same time it takes to eat a biscuit and it has no calories,” laughed another lady.

“And it's more satisfying,” replied Annie.

She said an event like this gives crafters the opportunity to come together and uncover these talents.

The Newbridge ICA guild run a craft evening on Thursdays in Newbridge library from 8pm to 10pm and people can bring whatever craft they want. There are about 30 members in the guild with 15 to 20 crafters in Newbridge Knit and Stitch.

They enjoy a wide range of crafts including crochet, knitting, sewing, lace making, card making, and painting. They would love new members to come along.

The group also make blankets and hats for premature babies in hospitals.

Annie pointed out the yarn bombers would love a sponsor to come on board next year. Donations of wool would also be appreciated. The pieces created by the various groups will be returned to those groups, but the larger pieces will be rented out to parties and events to raise money for charity. Anyone who wants to find out more can check out ICA Kildare Yarn Bomb 2016 on facebook or call 086-2254213.