Din­gle’s ‘cran­nín’ glory is too lit­tle, too late

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DIN­GLE’S of­fi­cial town Christ­mas tree isn’t much to look at now, but it’s an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Ris­teard Mac Liam of the lo­cal Busi­ness Cham­ber who ad­mits that the rather diminu­tive spec­i­men planted in the Garda bar­racks gar­den last week didn’t quite mea­sure up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

The of­fi­cial light­ing of the tree took place in front of a gath­er­ing of lan­tern-bear­ing chil­dren and the town band on Sun­day evening and the some­what un­der­whelm­ing oc­ca­sion brought back al­most fond mem­o­ries of the wind­blown mon­key puz­zle tree that had served – al­beit badly – as the town’s Christ­mas tree for many years.

The mon­key puz­zle was cut down over a year ago and was to have been re­placed by a six-me­tre tall, live fir tree in time for last year’s Féile na Soilse. That didn’t hap­pen and, be­tween one thing and an­other, the promised tree didn’t get planted dur­ing the year ei­ther.

Then there was the prob­lem caused by Dublin City Coun­cil buy­ing up Christ­mas trees all over the coun­try to adorn the streets of the cap­i­tal with the re­sult that when the Din­gle tree was fi­nally sourced only smaller of­fer­ings re­mained.

‘A god­damn twig’ was one of the ep­i­thets ap­plied to the new tree on Sun­day evening, but even great oaks come from hum­ble be­gin­nings and Ris­teard is con­fi­dent it’ll grow in stature with time – and per­haps gen­er­ous ap­pli­ca­tions of 10:10:20. “We hoped it would be big­ger but it’s what was avail­able at the time. Peo­ple are dis­ap­pointed, and we’re dis­ap­pointed our­selves, but we’re build­ing for the fu­ture,” he said.

Pho­tos by De­clan Malone

Emer, Katie and Aoife Ah­erne from Bal­lyris­teen cov­ered in smiles and lights at Féile na Soilse on Sun­day evening in Din­gle. RIGHT: El­lie and Seán Ó Mainín.

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