Festival of light illuminates Dingle
Published 11/12/2013 | 05:36
CHRISTMAS began in earnest in Dingle on Sunday as hundreds of people took to the streets to participate in the fifth annual Féile na Soilse lantern parade.
The vast majority of West Kerry's national schools have been busy over the past few months making lanterns from recycled materials in advance of Féile na Soilse and their efforts illuminated the town as dusk fell on Sunday.
The crowd, which some estimated to amount to nearly 1,000-strong, enjoyed entertainment provided by the Dingle Carnival Band before joining the Dingle Fife and Drum Band as they marched around the town and back to Bridge Street where the town's Christmas tree - strictly speaking a monkey puzzle tree - is located in the grounds of the local Garda Station.
Dingle's world beating endurance swimmer Nuala Moore had the honour of officially turning on the Christmas lights to complete the evening's proceedings.
Members of the Dingle Business Chamber said they were "overwhelmed" by the participation of so many people of all ages and particularly the huge effort made by the young people with the various types of lanterns on display.
Such was the success of this year's event that members of the chamber confirmed that they intend to incorporate a full day's activities in the town for Féile na Soilse next year by providing more entertainment on the streets, particularly for the families of the area.