Sunday 22 July 2018

Santa's arrival kickstarts Christmas in New Ross

Santa Claus, Mary Browne and Cathaoirleach Willie Fitzharris turning on the Christmas lights
Santa Claus, Mary Browne and Cathaoirleach Willie Fitzharris turning on the Christmas lights
Mark and Katie Lawlor
The large crown in New Ross
Elle Mai Caulfield and Caoilte Katus with Santa
Kelly, Bridget and Louise McMahon and Katie Lou Nolan with Mickey Mouse
Kyle Jaden and Kia Jane Richardson with Santa
Isabelle Murphy with Santa.
Molly Murphy with Santa
Liam and Eve Rossiter

Esther Hayden

New Ross was gripped by festive fever on Saturday as Santa Claus made a special dash to the town in advance of Christmas Day.

The town was lit up on Saturday evening by New Ross District Person of the Year Mary Browne and Cathaoirleach Willie Fitzharris. The evening's celebrations began with the arrival of the man in red who parked up his sleigh at St Mary's and St Michael's Parish Church where he was greeted by Cllr Fitzharris as well as hoards of eager children.

Santa was more than happy to meet all the boys and girls and was quick to tell them to ensure to be extra good for their mammies and daddies in the lead up to Christmas Day.

He told them his elves are very busy putting the finishing touches to all the presents and the naughty and nice list is being checked and double checked to make sure that all the good boys and girls get some fabulous presents.

After plenty of selfies Santa hopped back onto his sleigh and travelled along Robert Street across South Street to the tholsel on Quay Street. Santa's parade will be led by members of the New Ross and District Pipe Band as well as Cllr Fitzharris and New Ross FC.

While Santa himself was obviously the guest of honour there were also appearances from Jessie from Toy Story, Captain Hook, Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob Squarepants who mingled among the crowd getting people in the Christmas spirit.

Greeting the large crowd at the Tholsel Santa said he was delighted to be back in New Ross adding that the boys and girls were very generous on Christmas Eve leaving him out plenty of milk and sweet treats. Although he said Mrs Claus not very pleased that he ate them all because she had to keep altering his trousers!

MC Paul Kelly started the countdown to the big switch on of the lights which was performed by photographer Mary Browne, Santa and Cllr Fitzharris.

The children then received a selection box from Santa and his bang of elves while DMax events offered kiddie rides.

Saturday's switch on was the biggest turn out ever with people turning out in force despite the cold. However although cold the weather remained largely dry with everyone in good spirits.

New Ross Standard