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The Fairy Tree, Marlay Park - Paul O’Hare

Like all magical places, knowledge of it passes word of mouth or you stumble upon them quite by accident. Such are the ways that people find the Fairy Tree in Marlay Park. People don’t always know who started it, or why. Its just a home for the fairies, a place to post your innermost wishes, or leave little gifts for the “little people”.

The Fairy Tree was started by a dear friend and colleague Paul O’Hare who works as an art instructor with adults with learning disabilities in St Michael’s House, Templeogue. He began the project, under the blessing of  Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, with his students in March 2010 when he installed the top towers along with the little door at the base. That April they installed a small window with a table and a chair in the hollow. In August 2011 they added new towers and a staircase with the help of a Danish student doing a placement in the centre, Helena. In 2012 they added two fly towers and Gandolph’s tower set on the right wing and later that year a new opening door on the right side of the tree and started the process of installing solar lighting to light the interior. This year in April they installed the fairy bedroom with 3 horse shoe style windows.

Paul has a brilliant imagination and has great plans for the tree in the future. On my last visit the tree was covered in drawings that local children had left for the fairies, and parents have brought many a toddler to leave their soother for the fairies! But its not just children who are under the spell of the fairies as many adults leave their inner most wishes pinned to the tree for the fairies to grant.

So next time you are walking through the woodland area in the park, keep your eyes open for the towers in the top of the tree, it really is a magical place.

Culture Night 2013

Now in it’s 8th year Culture Night is a seriously good night for anyone with slightly older kiddos. Arts and cultural organisations across Dublin and a number of towns around the country will open their doors, free of charge until 11 at night. So combining the excitement of an interesting cultural tour with being out late, a really fun evening out for the bigger kids. 

There are so many options but free bus and luas transport and organized Family Culture Trails should help you make the most of your night out. Check out the full programme and list of venues to plan your night out here

Video Credit: Culture Night 2012 from the perspective of Myles O’Reilly

Classic & Vintage Motor Show

It turns out that wether it’s boy racers, vintage fans or simply toddler Pixar fans the place to be today was Terenure for the Classic and Vintage Motor Show. Featuring classic cars, vintage cars, sports cars, military vehicles, fire engines, motorcycles, buses….there really was a car for everyone. And with plenty of coffee, sweets, car accessories and bouncy castle happiness too this is definitely one to watch out for next year.

Bold & Noble - Dublin Type Maps

Some time back we featured the very lovely Bold & Noble type maps as a learning edition to your newbie’s nursery. And although it doesn’t have the same soap opera familiarity as the London map the new Dublin print is a very welcome local edition. Available unframed in sea green or sheer slate here.

Farmleigh Market - Phoenix Park Dublin

Despite the chilly weather the Farmleigh summer markets are in full swing. As always this weekends market has the usual foody treats but with the addition of Art in Action event there are plenty of crafty activities for the kids to take part in. And if all else fails there’s coffee and ducks to feed down at the boathouse. Details of this weekends and future markets here.

Snowman Inspection II

Currently in the midst of a second heavy covering of snow over Dublin, baby and I took the opportunity to carry out a second round of snowman inspecting. After a serious wrestle trying to get baby into the carrier, with both of us layered in coats and jumpers, we eventually made it out. Deeper than last time, the novelty of the snow appears to be already wearing off as the majority of people we saw were digging out driveways rather than throwing snowballs but there was still a reasonable selection of snowmen around. Here’s hoping for a white Christmas day too, once we are all at our dinner destination of choice.

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Snowman Inspection

Cabin fever has started to set in so this afternoon baby and I decided to venture out the door to have a walk around the local area and inspect some of the snowmen. As no pram was making it through the snow and we have no sleigh at the moment (please Santa…maybe a nice wooden sleigh..?), baby spent the walk in my arms shouting random abuse at snowflakes and children playing. More snow to come according to the weather forecast, bigger and better snowmen yet to come…?

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