Friday, October 16, 2015

Businesses push on Christmas lights

Local businesses are taking an active role in the development of an improved Christmas lights display this year, writes Brian Byrne.

This follows a meeting earlier in the week organised by Kilcullen Community Action, which has shouldered the seasonal lights programme over many years. KCA had decided that it needed help if the programme was to be continued.

"The meeting went well," says Ray Kelly, who has been 'Mr Christmas Lights' over all those years. "A number of representatives from local businesses attended, and we came to a consensus that we'd devise a plan, look for grant funding, and then see what we can afford."

The business people at the meeting — who included Antoinette Buckley from Shabby Chic, and Shirley Kavanagh Hallion from Secret Kloset — will canvass their colleagues in other enterprises for support, and a quote for the provision of an upgraded lights system is being prepared by a company specialising in this area.

Evelyn O'Sullivan, whose Drama Dynamics students light up the stage of the Town Hall Theatre on a regular basis, will take charge of the switch-on festivities this year, while Alan O'Connell will work on the provision of a Christmas tree. Ray Kelly will investigate the possibility of grant aid.

There will be a further meeting in two weeks' time to consider progress of the project. In the meantime, anyone who has further ideas or can help in any way, can contact those mentioned here.