Wednesday 25 April 2018

Town all lit up for Christmas

Christmas lights on Earl Street.
Christmas lights on Earl Street.
Dundalk Town Centre Manager, Martin McElligott on Clanbrassil Street.

Bringing light and cheer to the town's streets at Christmas has been a 'labour of love' for Martin McElligott, who led plans for the investment of €56,000 as part of a new three year scheme.

The Town Centre Manager told the Argus how it was his ambition to secure the Christmas lighting for Dundalk when he took over the role at the BIDS office less than a year ago.

'I think, being from the town, and growing up seeing the Christmas lights every year, I knew how important,' said Martin.

Within weeks of taking up the role he was already working to ensure that the 2016 season would be the brightest so far on Dundalk's streets.

Having travelled to France to source the lights which were unveiled on Saturday night last, Martin adds that he was 'very grateful of the support of Dundalk Chamber and Louth County Council.'

And with a flat €150 fee also being provided by traders, Martin adds they have been able to move early on some parts of the plans.

'The addition of Earl Street to this year's lighting plan was beyond expectation. We have a three year plan looking at Clanbrassil Street and Park Street this year, and had included Earl St in year two, so it is fantastic to bring it forward by a year.'

'There really was a feeling of goodwill around these plans. It is of benefit to all of us if the Christmas lights are up and looking their best every year.'

With some difficulties having arisen over the last few years, there were concerns around how Dundalk's Christmas lights would be guaranteed for the future.

'But the support we have received has ensured that the town now owns the lights, so costs will be reduced going forward to maintenance and repair.'

With a fantastic reaction to the lights as they were switched on last weekend, Martin adds, 'I'm thrilled to see the town lit up so well.'

Irish Independent