An Irish company is generously donating thousands of colourful fairy doors to add a bit of magic to the two-kilometre restriction zone for families across the country.
The move was mooted by the fairies themselves who told the Irish Fairy Door Company that they wanted to put smiles back on the faces of children who are missing their cocooning grandparents or their school pals in lockdown.
The idea is that each home, business or community group will take one door and place it in their front garden or at a local beauty spot where children will see them while out walking the limited route each day.
The kind gesture which is to be rolled out into communities nationwide today, started at the weekend in Tullyallen, Co Louth where two of the company founders, Niamh Sherwin Barry and Oisin Barry, live with their own children.
"I noticed that on our daily walk with our two children, we are seeing the same things every day and waving at people we can’’t really even stop to talk to," Niamh said.
"It’’s all about connections and the fairies decided that they would move into communities — while partaking in social distancing of course, and be present in their homes to add colour to the route and be there for children to connect with."
"We started the Irish Fairy Doors in 2013, in the deepest part of the recession and I think we were successful because what we were doing was putting a smile on people’’s faces at a time when there wasn’’t a lot to smile about.
"These are unprecedented times and often children get worried because they don’’t understand what is happening or what will happen. How do you explain this to a child when the adults don’’t really have the answers yet.
"So we were thinking what we could do to put a smile on people’’s faces and were delighted when the fairies came up with the idea to dole out the fairy doors to make that 2km walk a magical experience for families.
"They are quite worried about the children who are missing their grandparents, friends or other relatives who they can’’t see at this time because of Covid-19 restrictions and want to spread a bit of comfort and happiness.
"We began this campaign in Tullyallen where we live because the people in the community have been so welcoming since we moved here a number of years ago. We have over 2,000 loose doors that will be available to communities nationwide to brighten up walks and spread that bit of fairy magic."
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