MALLOW is set to welcome in 2013 in style with a spectacular firework display that is set to light up the night sky for miles around.
The initiative is the brainchild of Mallow mayor Noel O'Connor, who is making good on a pledge he made when he took over the chain in June of this year. "When I took over as mayor I gave an undertaking that I would endeavour to seek funding to put together a major event for the New Year. A community event that would be a magical occasion for all the people of the town," said Cllr O'Connor.
Since then he has been working closely with Blackwater Valley Tourism, Mallow Town Council and the Arches Bar and Restaurant to plan and fund an event that would enchant and capture the imaginations of local people.
"I am delighted that this will take the form of a major fireworks display in the town on New Year's Eve," he added.
The extravaganza will cost in the region of €4,000 to stage, with Mallow Town Council stumping up €500 while Blackwater Valley and the Arches will cover the remaining cost of staging the event.
Mayor O'Connor said it was felt that the River Blackwater, for so long an important symbol of life in the town, should be at the heart of the display.
Having secured the backing of his Mallow Town Council colleagues, Cllr O'Connor approached Kieran Horgan from the Arches who agreed to host the event on land adjacent to his premises on the bank of the Blackwater.
"An outdoor stage will be put in place in the Arches car park, with live music end entertainment from 9.30pm ahead of the firework display, which will get underway at around 10.30pm," said Cllr O'Connor.
He said that the event, which will be free to the public, would be a fitting way for the town to welcome in 2013 - the year of The Gathering.
"Firework by the Blackwater is the kind of event that The Gathering is all about and we hope that up to 5,000 people will come along to help us mark it," said Cllr O'Connor.
"If it proves to be as successful as we hope it will be, this could prove to be an annual event," he added.