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The family who light up the town every Christmas

MORIARTYS MAINTAIN PROUD TRADITION

Published 19/12/2012|21:02

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Putting the finishing touches to the Christmas lights in Listowel on Thursday morning were from left: Sean Moriarty, John Costelloe and Conor Moriarty. Insets: The Moriarty magic of the Christmas lighting on The Square (left) and on Market Street. Credit: Reidy Photos by John

THE addition of stunning new lights to this year's Christmas display in town has been receiving a very favourable response from everyone in Listowel - all in a good day's work for the electrical family firm that has been erecting the Christmas lights for the best part of 60 years.

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Gene Moriarty and Sons were able to stretch the display that bit further this year, thanks to the addition of new lighting purchased by Listowel Town Council.

Of particular attraction has been the Sun and Stars feature, warmly welcoming everyone into the Square from its perch over the Church Street acccess.

"We're delighted with it and everyone seems to be really happy with the whole display as we're getting a great reaction," Listowel Town Clerk, David O'Brien told The Kerryman.

Gene Moriarty and Sons are responsible for the presence of every last bulb on the trees and street features of town.

The three-generation family firm was established by the late Gene Moriarty in 1951 and is today continued by his sons Tadhg and Seán and grandson Conor (Tadhg's son). The Charles Street natives are well-known in town through their association with, of course, the Listowel Cycling Club, the Listowel Emmets and, in Seán's case, the Lartigue Theatre Company.

"The additional lighting has made a big difference," Tadhg explained. "New to the light display this year are the trees in the Square and the Sun and Stars feature on the way into the Square."

The biggest challenge to getting it all up is the weather - no less favourable this year. However, the Moriarty's had it all up pretty much by the start of the month giving the town an early start to the festive season.

"It's a proud tradition for us really, erecting the Christmas and Race lighting for the town every year as the firm has been doing it now for the best part of 60 years," Tadhg said.

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