PHOTO GALLERY: Newbridge lights up for Christmas

Cllr Willie Crowley remembered at ceremony

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Santa was the guest of honour at the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Newbridge last Sunday.

The man in red made his arrival with the assistance of Newbridge Fire Brigade, as a large crowd gathered in anticipation for the ceremony at 4.30pm.

Entertainment was provided by the Gospel Choir, Leah Moran School of Dance and Stage Academy.

To add to the festive atmosphere, lots of seasonal music was provided by Miley Wickham.

There were lots of sweets and treats for the children on a most enjoyable afternoon.

Claire Crowley, wife of the late Cllr Willie Crowley, the former chairman of the Winter Lights Sensation who tragically lost his life shortly before Christmas last year, took centre stage as she officially switched on the Christmas tree lights.

A plaque dedicated to her husband’s memory was also unveiled.

The dedicated committee is made up of Chairman Joe Kelly, Yvonne Foley, Paul Matthews, Dep Fiona O’Loughlin and Cllr Morgan McCabe.

“The idea of planting a permanent Christmas tree was initiated by the late Councillor Willie Crowley, who was chairman of Newbridge Christmas Lights Committee. It was decided by the committee that the tree should be dedicated to Willie as a gesture to his memory, because it was his drive and energy that made last year’s winter lights such a success,” said the committee in a statement.

The tree, which is outside the Town Hall, is adorned with thousands of lights and displays the new addition of an illuminated star on top.

Photos: Tony Keane