Kildare’s Christmas lights in jeopardy

DAMAGE may have been caused to Kildare town’s Christmas lights during major tree surgery in the Square where branches were cut back and one tree was chopped down. A lime tree was felled as it was rotten to the core and other branches were severed due to safety concerns. Local electrician, Ollie Kearns has been in charge of the Christmas lights in the town for 25 years now. He said it was hard to ascertain the cost of repairing the lights at this stage.

DAMAGE may have been caused to Kildare town’s Christmas lights during major tree surgery in the Square where branches were cut back and one tree was chopped down. A lime tree was felled as it was rotten to the core and other branches were severed due to safety concerns. Local electrician, Ollie Kearns has been in charge of the Christmas lights in the town for 25 years now. He said it was hard to ascertain the cost of repairing the lights at this stage.

“There is no doubt the work on the trees had to be done. We were asked to take the lights off but it was going to work out too expensive to take them down before the work began. There was an agreement that they would save as many lights as they could,” said Mr Kearns. The collection of lights has been built up over the last ten years and is funded by Kildare Chamber. Mr Kearns said, in his opinion, a lot of the lights would have to be repaired or replaced and he could not yet ascertain the full cost of the damage. He said the budding season would not be finished until October and then he would only have a few weeks to see what had to be done. He said he hoped the council would replace the tree.

Michael McWey from the Chamber, stressed; “we were given advice that the tree had to be removed but certainly we would love to see something in its place. We will have a discussion on the best thing to replace it.”

A council spokesperson said she would have to look into the matter further and clarify the situation for next week’s issue.