The Dunleer Community Board launched a great Christmas Festival last Thursday with the arrival of Santa and the switching on of the Christmas lights.
The festival ran all over the weekend and was an outstanding success.
Eugene Conlon the chairman of the community board, and his team, set in place a wonderful weekend’s entertainment with activities at a number of venues involving partnering with different organizations.
On Thursday Santa came to town by sleigh and switched on the lights with lots of street entertainment.
The fun started at 6.30pm and it might have been cold, but at least the rain held off.
On Friday the traditional Wren Boys competition took place at Scoraiocht Ceile House.
This is one of the finest traditional music centres in the country and this annual competition is an absolute joy.
On Saturday the Christmas Fair was held at Shearman’s Marquee Main Street.
Also on Saturday Scoraiocht held heats for the S factor competition with €1000 in prize money with the finals and a monster session that night at the Grove House at 8pm.
On Sunday there was a wonderful carol service at St Brigid’s Church.
The board would like to thank their sponsors for their support again this year.
Without their help they could not hold these sorts of activities.
The Christmas Fair was always very much a part of Dunleer life, and as the Market House is currently undergoing a complete renovation, Alan Shearman has kindly offered the use of his venue for the fair, just next door to the Market House, where a marquee will house the exhibitors.
The fair provided young and old with the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts and other needs from local arts, crafts and food producers, who will be exhibiting on the day.
The sponsors of the Dunleer Christmas Festival were: Dunleer Credit Union; V & P Matthews; Sure Tank; Tiger Oil; Lannleire GFC.
Also Lannleire Juveniles GFC; Dunleer Youth Club; Joseph Reilly; IFM Mullin’s Cross; Burex Manufacturing.
Cllr Finnan McCoy; Gold Crop; Dunleer Tidy Towns; Cllr Colm Markey; King Coal; Cherri Conlon School.
Capitol Auctioneers; Cllr Liam Reilly.
The festival has once again added to the social and business life of the mid-Louth town, especially in tough economic times and the community development board is to be congratulated on organising it.