THE festive season was observed in the usual reverent and enjoyable manner in Millstreet and surroundings.
Preceeding the holiday spell, round the clock preparations were being made, with Christmas lighting erected in the Town Square as businesses and private houses also added to the colourful season by lighting and decorating their premises.
Local businesses reported brisk trade, helped in no small way by ideal weather conditions. The many shoppers from outside the town commented favourably on how Millstreet always rises to the occasion and gives of its best. The streets were packed on Christmas Eve with many last minute shoppers rushing around to make sure that they had all they needed.
The lighting and general feeling of festivity in Millstreet was heartwarming and the town had a winter wonderland look to it.
In the churches, special efforts were made to bring the true meaning of the feast to all worshippers. Large crowds attended the Christmas church ceremonies, hosted in Millstreet, Ballydaly and Cullen. Parishioners braved snow and freezing weather conditions for the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass in St Patrick's Church celebrated by Canon John Fitzgerald and assisted by Fr Paddy O'byrne, Fr. James Mcsweeney and Fr. Seán Tucker.
Beautiful Christmas carols, sung by the impressive Millstreet Choir, added to the occasion and all services were attended by large congregations and many visited the beautiful crib in Millstreet Church.