The Christmas season got under way officially in Killybegs

The Christmas season got under way officially in Killybegs on Sunday evening with  the arrival of Santa for all his wide-eyed fans.  St Catherine's Band provided toe-tapping entertainment during the build-up and carols were sung by members of the choir of the church of St Mary of the Visitation along with pupils from St Catherine's Vocational School. 

With the beautiful dry, calm weather, a very seasonal atmosphere was generated on the Diamond.  Afterwards, there were snacks and mulled wine in the lobby of the Bay View Hotel, while upstairs the annual craft fair organised by Killybegs History and Heritage Committee drew a crowd of gift shoppers.  There were photographs and information about the progress to date on the conservation work at St Catherine's Church and the short pieces by pupils of the three local national schools were on display. 

the big switch-on of the town lights by Maeve Murray and With everything from wood carvings to knitwear, crochet, patchwork, paintings, decorations, hand-made Christmas cards, candles, soaps and baked goods, there was plenty to choose from at the craft fair.  One stall worth noting was staffed by three Transition Year pupils from St Catherine's Vocational School, who were launching their entry as part of a TY competition to create a commercially-viable project.

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