New lights add ex­tra sparkle to Rath­drum’s fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions

Wicklow People - - PICTURES - By MYLES BUCHANAN

FRESH from win­ning a Pride of Place Award for 2018, Rath­drum’s at­ten­tion turned to all things fes­tive with the switch­ing on of the Christ­mas Lights on Satur­day evening.

A large crowd of a cou­ple of hun­dred of peo­ple gath­ered in and around Mar­ket Square as Jimmy Olo­han, Chair­man of the Rath­drum Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, of­fi­cially turned the lights on for 2018.

The town is look­ing es­pe­cially im­pres­sive this Christ­mas with a se­lec­tion of brand new lights bright­en­ing up Rath­drum’s Main Street, draw­ing plenty of com­pli­ments from the crowd.

There was plenty of ex­cite­ment amongst the young­sters present when they heard the news that Santa Claus would be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance hav­ing cleared up some space in his busy sched­ule.

There were plenty of fes­tive scenes in Mar­ket Square, as Jack Man­ley pro­vided the mu­sic which plenty of rev­ellers en­joyed enough to par­take in a lit­tle jig.

The Par­nell Memo­rial Pipe Band were also in­volved, while chil­dren from lo­cal schools sang a se­lec­tion of Christ­mas car­ols which added a real sea­sonal feel­ing to pro­ceed­ings.

The win­ners of the colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren were an­nounced at the end of the evening.

Sea­mus O’Toole and the light­ing com­mit­tee were all thanked for their en­deav­ours in help­ing to il­lu­mi­nate Rath­drum over the up­com­ing Christ­mas sea­son.

Bernie and Oisin Kearns. Mick Byrne proudly wears the gold and bronze medals which he won at the British and Ir­ish Mas­ters Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Swansea.

(Back, from left) Mar­ian, Emma, Edel, (front) Billy and Eva Nor­ris.

Saoirse Dempsey, Na­dia Duffy, Amy Snell and Jack Duffy.

An­gela Mur­phy with Tyler and Priya Howard.

An­nemarie, Katie and Ava O’Con­nor.

Ali O’Toole, Sam Whe­lan and Lilly O’Toole.

Maria Mer­ri­gan and Molly Mer­ri­gan Lan­gan.

Santa Claus ar­rives in Rath­drum.

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