It may sound like a somewhat violent act, an aggressive method of showering wool on one's enemy, but Yarn Bombing is more pleasant a practise than the name suggests.
Beginning in Texas some 15 years ago it is a form of street art or graffiti in which public spaces are covered with knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre. Originally seen as a way of using up left-over wool, it has come to be linked with the feminist movement, and has been used by various groups as a means of expression and/or protest.
The ICA (Irish Countrywomen's Association) has only recently adopted it, and last year planned to Yarn Bomb a number of areas to celebrate International Women's Day. The Beast From the East unfortunately put paid to those plans, and instead Castlebridge ICA was asked by their Parish Priest to Yarn Bomb the village green for the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
And it was a task they took to with gusto.
'It was a combined effort really. Mary Thompson made all of the bunting, she deserves a lot of credit,' said Eleanor O'Connor of the Castlebridge ICA Guild. 'It was coordinated by Anne Murphy, President of the Castlebridge Guild, and Lois Davis, the Craft Officer. And most of the guild contributed some crochet.'
In keeping with May Day traditions, the women used yellow sunflowers, and bright colours in their decorations, and although the unseasonable weather threatened to ruin all their hard work Eleanor said the designs would remain in place throughout the month.
'We'll leave it up throughout the month of May. It got a bit wet during the week but it'll dry out. We've had great feedback from people in the village asking what it was about. We all enjoyed doing it, some of those in the Tidy Towns committee helped out too.'