The Christmas lights were turned on in Market Square in Kildare town on Saturday at 7pm.
Paddy Curran of Derby Festival Committee and Tony Boyle collected a gigantic tree this week, which Paddy and Suzanne Doyle selected recently from a forest just outside Edenderry.
Kildare Village kindly sponsored the erection of lights, which was no mean feat and took over five hours to complete. The lights and tree were sponsored by Kildare Chamber of Commerce.
Kildare town have a novel new installation in their Christmas lighting repertoire. They are projecting Yuletide images on Market House in Town Square.
“The effect is spectacular and brings another wow to the tasteful decorations in this beautiful heritage town,” said Cllr Suzanne Doyle.
“Special thanks must go to local Council employees who very patiently assisted with placing of tree, and the whole enterprise is a very successful joint collaboration of Kildare Chamber of Commerce and Derby Festival Committee, as usual Ollie Kearns has been pivotal in delivering all the technical know how.”
Meanwhile, due to popular demand and following on from the great success and generous support of last year's Christmas Eve Breakfast in Day Care Centre in Kildare town, where over € 3,000 was raised for local St VDP and Day Care Centre, the event will be hosted again.
This event is hugely supported by local business and every item consumed is donated free of charge, allowing all proceeds to go to charity. A pig farm in Nurney donates all the meat, alongside many other generous local providers.