There was festive spirit and cheer aplenty in Listowel on Monday night as the town officially marked the start of the holiday season by welcoming the man of the hour, Santa, to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.
It was a much more subdued affair than years past but, thanks to the musical talents of a local family, the Kennedy’s, there was a hope in the air that this year’s festivities could still be salvaged. And so it proved.
Rose Wall, the Chairperson of the Listowel Business and Community Alliance, spoke to The Kerryman and described the night as a huge success as she encouraged everyone to be sure to come into town to shop and show their support for local businesses.
“It was a great community effort,” she said.
“We had a very special visit from Santa there, who helped us turn on our lights, and we had the Cathaoirleach of Listowel, Michael Foley there, as well as the Kennedy family, who played some festive music to help set the mood,” said Rose. With Ireland back now in level-three restrictions, shoppers have more freedom to travel, and Rose wants everyone to come to town, support their local shops and businesses, all of whom, she says, have made huge efforts to make their premises as safe as possible but who have also done a wonderful job in decorating their shop fronts for Christmas.