Nenagh switches on Christmas magic as shoppers urged to stay local

Watching the switching on of the Christmas Lights at Banba Square Nenagh on Sunday evening  Picture: Bridget Delaney
The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest in Nenagh with the annual switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. The lighting ceremony in Banba Square was carried out by the cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District Council, Cllr Fiona Bonfield, watched by hundreds of excited children and adults who were entertained by the choir from Gaelscoil Urmhumhan.

The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest in Nenagh with the annual switching on of the town’s Christmas lights. The lighting ceremony in Banba Square was carried out by the cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District Council, Cllr Fiona Bonfield, watched by hundreds of excited children and adults who were entertained by the choir from Gaelscoil Urmhumhan.

“This evening means the real countdown to Christmas has started and our shops and business are now in full flight for the festive season,” she said. Cllr Bonfield reminded the gathering that the town’s shops and businesses had been through a “tough number of years. The recession has hit some of them harder that others and a few of them have not survived.” She pointed out that many of those businesses were owned by friends and neighbours who contributed so much to the local economy.

“Now it is our turn to help them. I would urge each and every one of you to shop local this year,” said Cllr Bonfield.

Chamber president Denis Finnerty said they were happy with the way the day worked out. “It kickstarted Christmas and let people know Nenagh is open for business.”

He said that with the lights now reaching further along some streets, it extended the town’s shopping areas.

“We had our best start to Christmas in 20 years. The majority of traders would probably echo that,” he said.

Backing Cllr Bonfield’s call to shop local, he thanked people for their support, as well as the local council and the Gaelscoil for agreeing to switch the ceremony from Monday to Sunday. Mr Finnerty said that over the next few Sundays the Chamber would be pushing its music on the streets competition, with a prize for the best performers.