Yarnbombing Mountmellick< Back to Shortlist

Run by a group of local volunteers, Yarnbombing Mountmellick transforms the midlands town of Mountmellick, County Laois, with colourful yarnbombing for two weeks every year.

Houses, street lights, cars, bicycles, trees, businesses...you name it! Yarnbombing Mountmellick have transformed them into works of art and people come from far and wide to see them.

Mountmellick is steeped in an industrial past. Known as “The Manchester of Ireland” it was founded by Quakers who brought industries such as spinning, leather works, weaving and embroidery. Yarnbombing Mountmellick believe that this heritage, rich in textiles, has manifested itself in a love for all things textiles.

“This Group of Volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that they create a little bit of Magic here in Mountmellick each year. They have given so much to the town, and expect nothing in return. Their success speaks for itself and all of us local residents are hoping that they will continue to grow and evolve as a group and will one day have their very own Yarnbombing Festival right here in Mountmellick, Co Laois...The Yarn Bombing Capital of Ireland!”