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Sunday 21 September 2014

Santa makes it a great community day in Duagh

Published 12/12/2012 | 12:20

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IT may have been his first ever public appearance in Duagh, but following the success of Santa's trip to the north Kerry village at the weekend the man himself is adamant that it won't be his last.

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There was huge hype in the village on Sunday when Santa and Mrs Claus were chauffeured into town by local vintage enthusiast Moss Gaire. After meeting hundreds of locals at the church, Santa then made his way to his grotto where he met scores of local children, all of whom were loving the novelty of having the bearded man in their home town.

While all the children were enjoying their chat with Santa and savouring the gifts that were being handed out, parents were also treated to some hot chocolate and cookies to keep away the winter chill.

B'Ann O'Connor of the local development association, which organised the event, said that Sunday's visit was so successful that it is hoped to make it an annual event.

"It was a fantastic community day and we had loads of families young and old coming out to support it. It was our first year having Santa in the village but judging by its success we'd be hoping to make it an annual event," she said.

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