A Fingal craftsman is bringing a little magic to Naul during lockdown with a novel idea which has delighted residents and captured the imagination of the children of the village.
Philip Gaffney, owner of O'Gowna Studios in Naul, started his 'Fairy Friday' project on Good Friday, offering fairy figurines and products at his garden to local residents to decorate as their own and he's continued it every Friday since.
Philip started the project to give something back to the community and to raise Naul's spirits during lockdown, and the village has since become awash with his carefully crafted products.
Speaking to the Fingal Independent, Philip explains where the idea for 'Fairy Friday' came from, and how he has spread a little fairy dust in the small Fingal village: 'I've been making fairies for years, so with the lockdown with our business closed, coming up to Good Friday it was actually getting to me, every day with the all the bad news and I couldn't do anything about it because I'm cocooning.
'So I thought, do you know what?, I'll make some of the fairy doors, and see what the reaction will be and put them up on a Facebook page.
'I was doing it for Good Friday and now tomorrow will be the sixth week.
'It's kind of become a tradition and all the kids in the village are actually looking forward to coming down.'
Philip's fairy products, displayed at his garden gate, are available for free for people to pick and choose from to decorate at home, and include a selection of fairy doors, fairy gateways, fairy leprechauns, fairy bridges and even fairy babies.
Speaking of the response to 'Fairy Friday' so far, Philip says: 'The response has been absolutely magical.
Kids are dropping me in notes and writing me letters, people dropping me up eggs, lettuce, apple tarts, and what it's done is it's actually created a great buzz in the village, because everyone now is creating their own little fairy village.
'All the kids are choosing their own colours and having little parties and posting pictures up on Facebook, so the community response has been amazing.'
People young and old are now calling to Philip's front garden for his fairies, he says, from parents looking to decorate their gardens to children wishing to create fairy villages and use for fairy parties.
Such has been the success of the venture that news has spread to the nearby town of Ballyboughal, with residents there calling down to see what all the fuss is about.
Philip now plans to set up 'Fairy Fingal' to facilitate members of the wider Fingal community, but for now at least, Naul remains a village with a special magic of its own.
Philip's 'Fairy Friday' products can be viewed at Naul & District Facebook page, where he will provide updates on his Fairy Fingal project which you will hear more about soon.