The Mountmellick Yarn Bombers are known far and wide for their colourful woollen creations and this week their Christmas Tree was unveiled in Government Buildings.
The tree was unveiled the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht on Kildare Street and was attended by Laois-Offaly TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan.
Also in attendance was Minister Josepha Madigan, Minister Heather Humphreys and contributor to the tree, Mary Sheehy.
“For the past number of years, the Yarnbombers have been known for the cascading the town of Mountmellick in brightly-coloured knitted and crochet creations,” said Minister Flanagan.
“After their display at the National Ploughing Championships, I was delighted that the group’s work was recognised and the Christmas Tree was put on display in a Government Department for all to see.
“I was especially delighted to meet with honorary member Mary Sheehy who is responsible for crocheting all 500 squares on the tree.
“While there, I took the opportunity to discuss the history of the Mountmellick Christmas Tree, which stands in O’Connell Square, with my colleagues recalling many fond memories of the Tree when I was growing up.”