Some members of the group. From left: Mary McDonnell, Sharla Greenway, Assumpta Fergus, Andrene Skinner (sitting), Mary O’Toole, Mary O’Malley and Anne Rooney.

Seven-foot woollen Christmas tree arrives in Mayo town

THE culmination of a few months of planning, knitting and crocheting has resulted in a wonderful seven-foot woollen Christmas tree arriving in Louisburgh.

Members of the local Knit, Stitch & Natter group got to assemble and decorate their Christmas tree this week.

Some 366 green six-inch squares and quite a few decorations later and there is a beautiful piece of art on display in the foyer of Durkan's Gala in Louisburgh

Local lady Sharla Greenway started the group in January with the aim of meeting other people who enjoy knitting and crochet. They meet every Monday in a local cafe, Louisburgh 74, and enjoy sharing a few coffees as well as crafting ideas.

It was during the summer that Sharla first mentioned the idea of making a Christmas tree and since then members have been busy making squares and decorations. Other local crafters have joined in and contributed to the final number of squares.

Huge thanks to the talented men Louisburgh Area Men's Shed for making the tree frame and to the management of Gala in Louisburgh for allowing the tree to be displayed.

Everyone is invited to pop in and admire the tree.