Killybegs Christmas Lights Switch On

What a Tree:  Fantastic night in Killybegs on Sunday evening past as Santa and his helpers arrived into town for the turning on of the Christmas lights and unveiling of the beautiful new hi-tech, LED Christmas Tree. 

And what a tree!  This was truly a team effort on the part of several leading companies in the town.  Mooney Boats Ltd. are due a very special thanks for providing the steel and the crew to erect the structure.  MMG Welding welded it, SeaQuest Systems shot blasted and metallised it, Gerard Bray and Sons painted it, Swan Net Gundry provided the cables and KT Nets Ltd. supplied the rigging.  Decked out with nearly 4,000 LED lights, it's a 12-metre wonder to behold.

It was great to see so many families there with young children for the event.
A Christmas Craft fair was held in the Bay View hotel by Killybegs History & Heritage Committee and mulled wine and mince pies were served up by the Bay View Hotel to get all into the Christmas spirit. 

The Community Choir entertained everyone until Santa and his elves arrived, courtesy of Killybegs Coast Guard.  The Killybegs Marching Band escorted Santa into town.

Eimear Mc Guinness, Chairperson of Killybegs Community Council, thanked all the council members and members of the public who helped with putting up the Christmas lights and said its a painstaking job in cold weather.  She also thanked everyone who took part in the evening's festivities.  She paid a special thanks to the local businesses who came together to build the fantastic new Christmas Tree.  These companies were so generous with their time and work effort, she said, and the community were very grateful. 

She also gave a special mention to Barry O Hara from Mooney Boats who organised this huge effort and who also is the driving force behind these festivities yearly.  Conal Breslin, Mayor of Killybegs, officially switched on the lights.

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