FOR the first time in a decade, Slane is to get a Christmas tree erected in the village.
And it's no thanks to Meath Co Council whose budget cannot stretch that far. 'The council will make a small contribution, but that's as far as it can go,' said Paudie Wall, chairman of Slane Village Christmas Project.
'It will cost € 250 to erect a tree with lights so over the coming weeks we are holding raffles in the local pubs to cover the cost.' The Christmas tree is to be placed in the garden of the old Parochial House, situated at the village square.
Locals are invited to gather for the official switching on of the lights on Monday, December 8th at 6pm.
Santa will be making a very special appearance too and will arrive on pony and trap with lots of goodies for the children.
The aim of the Slane Village Christmas Project is to bring the community together over the festive season. 'This plan was about bringing some life into the village again,' said Paudie.
'There are a lot of new people living here who are very eager to get stuck in and get involved. This is a way of bringing everyone together.'
A carol singing service will also be held at the village square on Sunday, December 21st, Monday, December 22nd and Tuesday, December 23rd. Details of times etc will be advertised over the coming weeks.