Glowing tributes were paid to the staff of Thurles Town Council for the fantastic display of Christmas lighting which has helped create a definite festive atmosphere in the Cathedral Town.
Mayor Michael Cleary had the honour of switching on the lights on Monday evening last and later he paid tribute to the outdoor staff of the council for their efforts in ensuring that the town looks fabulous and attractive for potential shoppers between now and Christmas, and afterwards.
“Great credit is due to the council for the great work done and it sends out a very clear message that Thurles is open for business. I would encourage everyone to shop locally and support local business and I would encourage the council to once again have the three Saturday’s leading up to Christmas free from parking charges in the designated areas. This all helps and I think it is appreciated by everyone,” Mayor Cleary said.
Cllr John Kennedy seconded the vote of congratulations and encouraged shops and businesses to incentivise shoppers to come to the town, while Cllr David Doran added that the first Saturday after Christmas should also be free of parking charges in order to encourage business during the sales.
All of the councillors were fullsome in their praise for the Christmas lighting display with the Mayor stating that it was the best he has seen in any town of Thurles’ size.
On the free parking front Cllr Gerard Fogarty noted that it should not be seen as an amnesty for people working to park all day at the expense of shoppers.