FEARS OVER CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN MITCHELSTOWN
There are fears that Mitchelstown could be left virtually ‘in the dark’ this coming festive season because the business association doesn’t have the money to pay for the Christmas lights.
The re-elected chairman of Mitchelstown Business Association, Eamonn O’Brien told those gathered for the group’s annual general meeting this week that, as things stand, Mitchelstown will be without Christmas lights in 2011.
“The cost of the Christmas lights (€5,234), while substantially reduced over the last few years, and even with all the volunteer work that goes in to putting them up, means that the MBA will not be able to continue to provide the funding on its own,” Mr O’Brien said.
The chairman went on to thank Sam Hyland of Samco Engineering for all his help and support.
“The membership of the MBA is finding it harder and harder to support the cost of the lights alone and with this in mind we have been in discussions with various groups in the community who are looking at getting involved,” Eamonn O’Brien said.
The MBA is, however, looking at an alternative Christmas event, which is planned to be centered on the town hall.
Claudia Matassa, PRO of the MBA told The Avondhu the plans for a ‘KoolChristmas’, “We have secured funds from Ballyhoura Development and now all we need is volunteers from the community, be they individuals or groups, to help create a Christmas wonderland at the town hall. Remember, we have the funds and all we need now are volunteers to help ensure that Mitchelstown will have a fun, festive community Christmas.”
If you would like to take part in ‘KoolChristmas’ at the town hall you can contact Claudia at the Pizza House, Lower Cork Street or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 7th July 6:30pm