Thursday 8 December 2016

Christmas Kingdom event WILL stay in Malahide after decision to cancel it overturned

Published 13/11/2015 | 15:08

Rosanna Davison at the launch of Christmas Kingdom
Rosanna Davison at the launch of Christmas Kingdom
Rosanna Davison at the launch of Christmas Kingdom
The building in Malahide
The building in Malahide
The building work in Malahide

A Christmas Kingdom event will go ahead in Malahide - after it appeared earlier today it had been cancelled.

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Organisers say a compromise has been reached and the decision to relocate The Christmas Kingdom has been overturned.

The event will now go ahead on the Village Green in Malahide for the Christmas period.

The Christmas Market, Santa Experience and Real Ice rink will be located on the Village Green but in order to free up space on the green for recreational purposes, some extra space has been allocated to the event at Malahide Castle for the vintage carousels and amusements.

Earlier today a Dublin County Councillor has said that residents who objected to a large scale holiday event remaining in Malahide are “of a minority” and had backed a campaign to retain Christmas Kingdom in the village.

Cllr Keith Redmond said he was “astounded” that a decision was made to move the event out of Malahide following a meeting between residents, promoters and Fingal County Council yesterday.

The building in Malahide
The building in Malahide
The building work in Malahide

The morning meeting was attended by 60 people and the Councillor said that the decision made is not representative of the wider Malahide community.

“The meeting was at 11 o’clock in the morning which wouldn’t have been a very convenient meeting for many people to get to with jobs,” he said speaking to RTE Radio One’s Liveline.

“60 or 70 people attended the meeting and in my experience people who attend meeting like that tend to be against whatever the issue is.

“The majority don’t tend to attend these kind of meetings,” he said.

Cllr Redmond revealed he was shocked by the decision that was made in the meeting and was backing a campaign to keep the event in the village.

“This morning a petition began for those who support Christmas Kingdom in Malahide and 735 people have voted to support that.

“Myself and the other two councillors... we live in Malahide and we’re in favour of retaining the event.

“The fact is that working in politics you get to realise that there will always be people who object to whatever is being proposed and that’s natural.

“People who object to things... their views have to be taken on board but at the same time you can’t have a minority forcing something to close down that the majority want.”

“There’s no reason whatsoever that this event should have been cancelled on the basis of one public meeting attended by 60 or 70 people,” he said.

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