Fes­tive fun in Kil­muck­ridge!

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

Santa took some time out of his busy sched­ule to visit the kids of Kil­muck­ridge who were gath­ered in the vil­lage to see the Christ­mas lights be­ing turned on.

Three lucky chil­dren – Sean O’Brien, Zara Cox and Elsie Brady, did the hon­ours of switch­ing on the lights in front of Santa af­ter their names were pulled out from a hat.

More than 100 peo­ple braved the cold in the cen­tre of the vil­lage as they watched the kids do the all-im­por­tant flip of the switch. The wait was made much eas­ier thanks to the mulled wine and mince pies for the adults, while the kids all re­ceived a goodie bag.

Cllr Mary Farrell was the MC for the evening and en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by Kil­muck­ridge’s Ukulele Group – a new group that has ar­rived to the mu­si­cal scene.

Santa ar­rived in a gor­geous sleigh, which was pulled by Bart the horse/rein­deer.

Af­ter switch­ing on the lights, the kids re­ceived a huge round of ap­plause and were pre­sented with a de­li­cious chocolate hamper by the Christ­mas lights com­mit­tee.

Or­gan­is­ing the event wasn’t easy as it in­volved dozens of vol­un­teers, sev­eral hours of work and thou­sands upon thou­sands LED lights. Cllr Farrell said she would like to thank the com­mit­tee; lo­cal busi­nesses; spon­sors; and to those who at­tended.

A packed Kil­muck­ridge for the switch­ing on of the Christ­mas lights. Ethan Cas­sidy, Matt Fur­long, Cian Me­leady and Matthew Forsey. Shay Ham­mel, who spon­sored the Christ­mas tree, with his wife Kara and chil­dren Rob­bie and Dar­cie.

Rob­bie Ham­mel (third from left) with Ka­te­rina, Bro­gan and Kian Smith. Ciaran Hen­drick, Dab­heoc For­tune and Dearbhla O’Sul­li­van. Paul Nan­gle, Lisa John­ston and son Henry John­ston.

Cllr Mary Farrell on stage with Santa Claus. Erin Lavin and Clodagh Doyle.

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