Noo­nans light up the work of Kerry & Lim­er­ick char­i­ties

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By EVE DOWL­ING

ALTHOUGH it may be April, Tem­pleglan­tine man Tony Noo­nan and his fam­ily are de­ter­mined to spread one big re­main­ing dol­lop of last year’s Christ­mas spirit.

The fam­ily do­nated an in­cred­i­ble €19,626 to six dif­fer­ent char­i­ties on Fri­day in the pro­ceeds of their lat­est Christ­mas light­ing ex­trav­a­ganza.

It’s a home well-known through­out Mun­ster for its blaz­ing dis­play of Yule­tide lights in aid of char­ity.

The light show at the house, in Tul­lig, Tem­pleglan­tine, has be­come one of the great Christ­mas events of the year in the re­gion, draw­ing peo­ple from near and far. Last year, Kerry’s All-star Kieran Don­aghy of­fi­ci­ated at the big switch, draw­ing even more peo­ple than usual.

The star’s pres­ence was fit­ting, Tony said. “Kerry peo­ple are al­ways great sup­port­ers of the cause, so it was great hav­ing a Kerry foot­baller here to kick off the event.”

Mean­while, one of the county’s big char­i­ties, Re­cov­ery Haven, was among the ben­e­fi­cia­ries this year.

“We had to in­volve a Kerry char­ity be­cause the peo­ple of Kerry just get so in­volved.”

“Re­cov­ery Haven do such amaz­ing work and ev­ery­one in there is amaz­ing, so it felt right for them to be this year’s Kerry char­ity.

“In pre­vi­ous years we have had char­i­ties such as the Donal Walsh Foun­da­tion as the Kerry char­ity.”

Tony, who has been do­ing the fundraiser for over 15 years, was re­warded a few years ago when the house won the All-Ire­land for Best Christ­mas Light’s year.

“We have had peo­ple come from all over Ire­land. Last year we had a fam­ily come all the way from Of­faly to see the house. It was bril­liant. Ev­ery­one loves it, when we started this the do­na­tions just took off and each year it gets big­ger and bet­ter.

“It’s not my money that’s be­ing do­nated. It’s the peo­ple who give the money. It’s their money that helps char­ity.”

Tony Noo­nan and Nancy Har­nett, on left, pre­sent­ing Der­mot Crow­ley and Mau­reen O’Brien of Re­cov­ery Haven with the pro­ceeds of the Noo­nan fam­ily’s Christ­mas light show - a whop­ping €19k+.

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