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 The Christmas lights in place on O'Connell Street yesterday

The Christmas lights in place on O'Connell Street yesterday

Sligo Community Youth Choir singing Christmas Carols at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town hall last Friday evening.

Sligo Community Youth Choir singing Christmas Carols at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town hall last Friday evening.

 Trevor McDaid, President Sligo Chamber of Commerce; Mayor of Sligo, Clr. Marcella Mcgarry; Clr. Hubert Keaney, Mia McLoughlin and Tony Mcloughlin TD pictured at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town hall last Friday evening.

Trevor McDaid, President Sligo Chamber of Commerce; Mayor of Sligo, Clr. Marcella Mcgarry; Clr. Hubert Keaney, Mia McLoughlin and Tony Mcloughlin TD pictured at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town hall last Friday evening.

Above: Lorraine, Sinead, Kevin, John, and Laura Henry from Achonry pictured with Santa in the Quayside Shopping Centre last Friday evening; right: Abbi Fritz pictured with Santa.

Above: Lorraine, Sinead, Kevin, John, and Laura Henry from Achonry pictured with Santa in the Quayside Shopping Centre last Friday evening; right: Abbi Fritz pictured with Santa.

Above: Venetia Rooney, Charlie and Jonathon McGoldrick pictured at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town Hall last Friday evening; left: Sligo Community Youth Choir singing Christmas Carols

Above: Venetia Rooney, Charlie and Jonathon McGoldrick pictured at the switching on of the Christmas lights at Sligo Town Hall last Friday evening; left: Sligo Community Youth Choir singing Christmas Carols

Abbi Fritz pictured with Santa in the Quayside Shopping Centre last Friday evening.

Abbi Fritz pictured with Santa in the Quayside Shopping Centre last Friday evening.

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The Christmas lights in place on O'Connell Street yesterday

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All of Sligo's festive street lighting will be in place by Sunday next.

Agreement was reached last Thursday between Borough Council officials and Sligo Chamber to erect the Christmas lights.

The lights have gone up in O'Connell Street and other lights will go up on a street by street basis in the coming days.

There'll be no formal switch on of the lights and they will be turned on as soon at they are erected.

The Chamber hope all of the lights will be in place by next Sunday.

The lights normally go up at the beginning of December but the Chamber hadn't been paid for 2012.

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It is understood a sum of €30,000 for last year was handed over by the Council last week.

Assurances were also given to the Chamber regarding payment for this year's expenditure.

Chamber President, Trevor McDaid said: "Sligo Chamber has received the necessary assurances that it required to finance the installation of Christmas lights for the forthcoming season.

"The core remit of Sligo Chamber is to help Sligo grow.

"The Chamber repeats its message that it will work with any and all bodies that share that remit.

"It looks forward towards enhanced engagement amongst those bodies into the future."

The breakthrough came after a series of meetings with various local councillors and members of the Borough Council executive.


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