CONTROVERSY OVER LOCAL MAN’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

10 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“It’s very hard to please everybody. I would have preferred if whoever has the problem with the display had come to me personally.”

So said Monaghan town man Frank Coogan who recently received a letter of complaint about a display of Christmas lights and decorations he has put up outside his home at New Terrace on the outskirts of the town for the last 30 years.

The letter, which was simply signed ‘your neighbours,’ described the music that plays as part of the display as “far too loud and horrendous.” It also stated that this music was making the whole display look “very tacky” and requested that Mr Coogan would “show some respect for the elderly and people trying to get children to bed and turn down or off the music.”

Speaking to the Northern Standard, Mr Coogan said that he had been putting up the Christmas display for approximately 30 years and this letter was the first complaint he had ever received.

Since last year there has been a charity element involved as Mr Coogan began accepting donations from people who came to view the display and he gave the proceeds to the MSPCA animal shelter in Emyvale. The same happened this year and Mr Coogan will present a cheque to MSPCA representatives today, Thursday.

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