Public appeal for funding after Tubbercurry's Christmas lights stolen
The Tubbercurry community was shocked last week when news filtered out that the Christmas lights for the entire town were stolen from the location where they are stored.
Spokesman Roger McCarrick said: "The Chamber of Commerce and Community Association go to great lengths and cost each year to light up the town for the enjoyment of everybody, but especially for children.
"Works had just started in getting the various strings upgraded and checked out prior to putting them up.
"This is work that is done on a part time basis by a small dedicated team who have been doing this same work for many years at a very keen cost."
When the team arrived at the store last week they discovered the entire set of strings had been stolen.
Roger added: "How anybody can stoop so low as to steal town lights is beyond comprehension and defies all logical thinking.
"It is one of the meanest types of crimes that could occur and is a sad reflection on parts of society."
The Gardaí were immediately contacted to investigate the theft and while they are following various lines of enquiry, no sign of the lights have been found.
Roger said: "It is felt this is a crime carried out by local people and some people must definitely know who the culprits are. Replacement of these lights will cost up to €3,000, and donations are sought from the public to help have them replaced and erected in time for Christmas."
Every year the lights are switched on on December 8th. It's hoped this can be the case again this year.
Roger said: "The thieves might steal the Christmas lights, but we will not let them steal the Christmas Festive Spirit, and Goodwill that the lights help create." Donations can be made to Geraldine Brennan at "The Laundry Basket" or you can donate online by logging on to www.gofundme.com/tubbercurry-xmas-lights-were-stolen