Derrybeg man Connie Gallagher’s novel idea for a long-lasting holy water font captured the imagination when it was launched last November.
But since then the father-of-two is working around the clock trying to keep up with orders for his unique design.
As well as orders form across Ireland, Connie has branched out into America where he is now supplying EIGHT different religious shops.
“It’s hard to keep up now. There are some mornings when I get to bed at 3am and I’m up at 7am to continue working on them.
“The profits aren’t huge because a lot of work goes into the fonts which are all hand-crafted.
“I’m just delighted to be busy and to be able to carve a living out of them,” he said.
Connie first came up with the idea when he noticed the water in most holy water fonts evaporated because of the heat in modern homes.
He set about designing a font that holds a reserve of water which dispenses liquid for up to three months when filled.
Connie said he has been helped immensely by local priests Fr Brian Ferry of Gaoth Dobhair and Fr Paul Gallagher of Falcarragh.
The development of his website www.gallaghergiftware.com has been a huge help with a large number of orders coming from Cork and Limerick.
“I’m not sure what it is but we have had a lot of orders from down that part of the country,” said Connie.
Well-known Letterkenny businessman Michael Duddy has been helping Connie to get his products known across America.
“People have been very good to me and I really appreciate it. Who knows – one day I might even give someone a job. That would be very special,” he said.