By Eoin Kelleher
VISITORS to Cashel might have been forgiven for thinking they were entering a dark morgue, rather than a town celebrating Christmas, so poor and feeble were the street lights this year, argued Councillors at the monthly meeting.
Cllr Joe Moloney said he had to bring up the subject of who is responsible for the lights, as people had complained to him about the dim unhappy glow.
The Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the lighting, with the Town Council contributing about J4,500 towards putting them up. But people had complained bitterly about them, said Cllr Moloney.
“They’re just a disgrace. They’re the worst in the world. We’re trying to counter the doom and gloom around Christmas, and the lights did not help us. Half of the lights on Friar Street did not go up. A lot of people think we’re responsible. I have to tell them we are not.”
Cllr PJ Quinlan said the lights were “very very dim.” The Council had been told that the lights were very economical, but “they’re not good enough for 2012.” “We have to get them changed.” Cllr Quinlan contrasted Cashel’s lights to those he had seen while travelling around west Cork. “They left Cashel to shame. The lights here had a morgue atmosphere.”
Cllr Martin Browne (SF) said people were very angry. Small villages had better lighting than Cashel. Cllr Eoghan Lawrence said the lights were “very poor” and did not add to the Christmas cheer. “It’s the Chamber of Commerce’s responsibility. The Council part funds them.” Town Manager Séan Keating said the Christmas lights will be included on the agenda for the next meeting between the Council and the Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Maribel Wood said the town had to get value for money. “They were very mediocre this year.”
Cllr Eddie Bennett said it was lucky that the moon was shining at all, or the town would have been completely left in the dark.