Santa's arrival lights up Abbeyfeale
IN a massive display of community spirit, up to 20 locals gathered in Abbeyfeale on Friday evening to put up new lighting along the town's trees and got the job done just in time for the arrival of Santa.
The lights were switched on in the nick of time, illuminating the street for the man himself as he made his way to The Square in is brand new sleigh at 7pm.
A massive crowd had gathered for the official switching on of the lights on the tree, crib and grotto, after which the local children had their pictures taken with the man of the moment.
Friday night also saw the launch of the town's shopping voucher scheme which sees the public purchase vouchers to the value of €10, €20 or €50 in the local credit union, which can then be redeemed in over 100 shops in the town.
On Saturday, shoppers availed of discounts of up to 20 per cent that were being offered by the local businesses, while on Sunday Santa was in situ in his grotto in the Square before visitors to town enjoyed carol singing and a nativity play.
Students from Coláiste Ide agus Iosef also showcased a brief scene from their upcoming production of Cinderella, which will be staged on January 23 and 24, while while Canon O'Shea led a candle lit procession from the church to the Square in memory of loved ones who have passed.
The official celebrations were made possible thanks to the Abbeyfeale Community and Development Association, who formed in January to promote and support community initiatives in the town.
PRO of the group, John Manton, said that the weekend's festivities brought a fantastic atmosphere to the town, and says the new crib, grotto and lights have transformed the town this Christmas.