Thousands of excited voices of Carlow children could be heard cheering on Santa Claus as he joined Mayor Murnane to switch on the Christmas Lights for 2018 last Saturday, which kick-started a month of Festive Family Fun across the county.
The festivities kicked off at 3.30pm with young people from Carlow Regional Youth Services, Vault Project who decorated the stage and then performed to the growing crowd with a selection of individual and group musical acts.
When darkness fell, the Eist Candlelight walk of Hope supported by Bank of Ireland lead by the Carlow Pipe Band , Santa and Wibbly Wobbly Wendy joined the thousands gathered for the main event around the Liberty Tree.
Carlow DJ’s provided the MC for the event and started the countdown to the big switch on and Santa , Mayor Cllr. Ken Murnane joined by other elected members and representatives from Eist on stage were greeted with rapturous applause as they turned on the Christmas lights.
The Mayor thanked all involved in the event including Pat Harrington and the team in Carlow Municipal District Area Office in Carlow County Council , Pierce Kavanagh , Economic Development Officer from the Local Enterprise Office in Carlow County Council, Gardaí, Order of Malta , the Eist organizing committee, Carlow Regional Youth Services , Carlow Pipe Band , Bank of Ireland , local companies Premier Sound & Lights , Carlow DJ’s ,SB Electrical & Karl Mc Donough & all the volunteers who helped to make the event happen.
Speaking about the festive period Mayor Murnane said he “encouraged everybody to shop local this year as local businesspeople make a special effort to provide a full range of good and services for the festive season” , the Mayor continued to say “spending locally supports local jobs , which in turn supports local communities to become vibrant”.
Prior to Santa’s departure he “thanked the children of County Carlow for coming out to help him put on the Carlow Town Christmas lights and encouraged them to send their letter soon on this special post box on Dublin Street” ,Santa said “he encouraged the kids of Carlow to be really good in the run up to Christmas and he looked forward to returning to Carlow on Christmas Eve”.
Speaking about the event , Kieran Comerford , Head of Enterprise with Carlow County Councils Local Enterprise Office said “Carlow has really pulled out all the stops for this year for the festive period with over one hundred activities from now until 24th December” , Comerford continued to say “we are delighted to see so many people to come out and support this event and we hope that people will continue to show support for all events , activities and retail experiences across the county”.
Further information on the County Carlow - A Festive Family Experience check out https://www.facebook.com/ CarlowChristmas/ or pick up a copy of the full programme in various outlets across the County.