21 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

THE following Christmas message was issued on Monday last by the Mayor of Co. Monaghan, Cllr. Seamus Coyle, who has expressed hope that all citizens of the county will celebrate a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons.
He stated : “The season of Christmas brings out what is best in each of us; kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity & friendship, as we come together as family & celebrate the great Christian message of hope & joy at the birth of our Lord, Christ the King.
“It’s at this time that many of us reflect and think of the New Year. Unfortunately at this Christmas, many feel unsure about the future due to economic circumstances. As Ireland, Europe and the world finds itself in unemployment, uncertainty of one’s future employment prospects, or of a partner’s, son’s, daughter’s or close family member’s job prospects is a worry. There’s the added concern of having a mortgage or other financial commitments, with many feeling that those in politics, financial regulation or in authority failed to honourably carry out their duties and are going untouched for the difficulties and the hardships caused by their behaviour.
“However I believe this Christmas season, we, the people of Monaghan, renowned for our entrepreneurial, hardworking ethos, must show our positive spirit, as generations have done in previously difficult times. We must all support and work for each other in a new way. County Monaghan is blessed with very strong, active and vibrant communities in so many fields; sporting, cultural, youth, senior citizens, disabilities supports to mention but a few. All have excellent community facilities, constructed and operated by unselfish volunteers. This gives Co. Monaghan and its people an enormous source of support and strength at this time.
“There is an onus on each of us to support one another at this time. As Mayor of County Monaghan I urge all of our people to support local business this Christmas. We in Co. Monaghan are very fortunate to have a vibrant commercial and retail sector, with excellent quality and value for money offered in all of our towns; Clones, Monaghan, Ballybay, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross across all retail areas. That’s why I encourage everyone to shop local. Remember, every €10 you spend on Irish goods this Christmas gives an additional spend of €30 million to the economy. In our villages of Co. Monaghan, we have excellent shops and retail outlets which offer value and convenience throughout the year and we must also support them this Christmas.
“Over the last 2 years, the winter weather brought arctic conditions, temperatures of -24 degrees and snow causing great hardship for many. Thankfully, this year, we have not suffered these conditions but for some, winter causes great difficulties, so again I urge all to keep an eye on our neighbours who may, due to age or disability, be vulnerable at this time. A call or a visit can mean a great deal to someone who is alone or vulnerable.“Adverse weather conditions normally means dangerous roads at this time of year. I appeal to every one to drive safely this Christmas. Why not make this Christmas one to remember for having no fatal accidents on the roads of Co. Monaghan or indeed nationally.Of course this Christmas many of us here in Co. Monaghan have our worries and concerns. But let each of us promise to ourselves that we will make a special effort to make this Christmas season a period of relaxation and enjoyment for ourselves, our families and all we come in contact with over the festive season.
“As Mayor of Co. Monaghan County Council, it gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the elected members and all of the staff of Monaghan County Council, to thank the people of Co. Monaghan for their support and co-operation over the year. I’d like to wish all the people of Co. Monaghan and their families, both here and abroad a happy Christmas. To those who have emigrated in the past year and are spending their first Christmas abroad, our thoughts are particularly with you and your families at this time. To those who have suffered bereavement or loss during the past year, our prayers and thoughts are with you”.
“May I wish you all a very happy, peaceful and joyous Christmas 2011. Nollaig Shona agus athbhliann faoi mhaise”.
– Councillor Seamus Coyle
Mayor of Monaghan County Council
December 2011.

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