We’ve a lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree!

SWITCH­ING-ON OF THE CHRIST­MAS LIGHTS IN FETHARD-ON-SEA

New Ross Standard - - PICTURES - By DAVID LOOBY

THE NEW MAYOR of Fethard had his first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment on Sun­day night, turn­ing on the Christ­mas lights in the vil­lage, which proudly boasts Ire­land’s only lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree.

Not only did Pi­rate Pat turn on the street lights, he turned on the lights on the only lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree to great fan­fare in the sea­side vil­lage.

Pi­rate Pat said he was ‘ very emo­ceanat the event, to be joined by a very spe­cial vis­i­tor, none other than Santa Claus, who ar­rived in the RNLI Lifeboat much to the de­light of the chil­dren gath­ered around the tree.

Yel­low Welly tree dec­o­ra­tions were lov­ingly pro­duced by the pupils in Scoil Mhaod­hoig and sold in aid of the RNLI. The pupils wrote per­sonal mes­sages on each one be­fore they were at­tached to the tree. Some dec­o­ra­tions are still avail­able (in ex­change for a do­na­tion to the RNLI) in most lo­cal premises in the vil­lage.

The top of the tree was adorned with a beau­ti­ful star do­nated by Tommy Kelly of Bevel Fur­ni­ture. Lo­cal busi­nesses and Hook Light­house kindly pro­vided re­fresh­ments on the street in ex­change for a do­na­tion. Ear­lier in the af­ter­noon the lo­cal Coun­try Mar­ket group held a won­der­ful Christ­mas Mar­ket which in­cluded all the usual ven­dors and a few pop-up stalls. In all, it was a won­der­ful kick-start to the fes­tive sea­son in Fethard-on-Sea. The Fethard Vil­lage Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee would like to thank ev­ery­one who helped make the day a suc­cess in­clud­ing Pete Barry, Pat Ma­son, Sean Neville, Bren­dan O’Cal­laghan, John Nolan, Mick Nolan, David Power, San­dra Dil­lon-Howes, Julie Parslow and Liam Ryan.

Kate, Tori and Ria Mol­loy. The crew of Fethard lifeboat with Santa Claus and Pi­rate Pat, Mayor of Fethard.

Fiona Chap­man, Lor­raine O’Leary and Imelda Moore-Power.

Sineád Kidd-Neville with Seán Óg and Seán Neville.

Ryan O’Reilly meets Santa and Mayor of Fethard Pi­rate Pat.

Jes­sica Hy­land and Erin Colfer-Kennedy.

Santa gets a Christ­mas kiss from Pat Kent.

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