Christmas lights

  • While the Christmas lights in Ballina are spectacular, there are still areas of the town left without lights for the festive season.

    That's according to local Councillor Annie May Reape.

    The Fianna Fail Councillor is insisting that funding be set aside next year to ensure Christmas Lights are installed on Abbey Street, and in other areas that have been left out.

  • The annual Belmullet Christmas market and festival of lights gets underway this afternoon.

    The festivities will be up and running by two o'clock with up to 24 stalls to browse along the market until six o'clock this evening.

    Silver world karate medallist Aoibheann Monaghan will turn on the Christmas lights at 5 o'clock.

    Damien Langan from the Erris chamber of commerce in Belmullet says it promises to be a great day for all the family.

  • The Christmas tree lights at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam will be officially switched on this afternoon at 3.30pm.

    Everyone is welcome to come along, and acknowledge the women and babies who lived and died at the home, according to former resident Peter Mulryan.

    Mr Mulryan says it's important to reflect on the mothers and babies who did not survive, and to stand in solidarity with all survivors of such institutions, who continue to be affected by their experices.

  • The countdown to Christmas gets underway officially in Castlebar this evening, with the switching on of the Christmas lights at 5pm at Market Square.

    The Castlebar Town Band and Santa Claus will be there to add to the atmosphere, and speaking to Midwest News today the  Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, extended a welcome to everyone to attend.

  • Christmas shoppers can look forward to free afternoon parking in the council-owned carparks in Ballina from next Monday 25th November.

    The Christmas lights in Ballina will be officially switched on next Sunday evening, with the free car parking for shoppers taking effect from 2pm every afternoon from 25th November up to Christmas.

    Ballina-based FG Councillor John O'Hara says the free parking is being introduced a week earlier this year, and he hopes it will encourage people to shop local this festive season.