An exhibition of angels is taking place in Dublin Castle courtyard, to bring some hope during a time of doom and gloom.

Over fifty model angels have landed in Dublin Castle, each individually designed and painted to represent and inspire hope in this time of recession.  

Artist Nollaig Fahy is behind this exhibition which will tour nationwide. His aim is for people to spend time with the angels and come away feeling uplifted,

Create a bit of hope in the nation, and to also try and change the national conversation from one of doom and gloom to one of hope.

Community groups, schools and art colleges came up with some of the designs and also worked with well-known names such as Cillian Murphy, Tommy Tiernan,  Pauline McLynn, Neil Jordan and Amy Huberman.

Former Leinster rugby player Rocky Elsom also took part, and says there is plenty of food for thought here,

When you walk in and see a lot of the different colours...also find out what the message is behind them.

Rocky Elsom (2009)
Rocky Elsom (2009)

Organisers say the angels will put smiles on faces as well as giving them cause for reflection.  

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 December 2009. The reporter is Philip Bromwell.