20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


The members of the Monaghan Municipal District on Monday appealed for a big public-turn out at the official switch-on of the Monaghan town Christmas lighting display, which takes place this Sunday, November 22 in Church Square.

One of Monaghan’s authentic sporting superstars, Rugby Union International Tommy Bowe, will perform the honours at the gala event, which will also be graced by an early visit from perennial Christmas caller Santa Claus, accompanied by his good lady wife and some of the elves who labour busily at the North Pole at this time of year.

A great fun day out for both children and adults will also have Ireland’s biggest snowman, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Frozen’s Olaf, Peppa Pig and Hello Kitty on the guest list.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local choirs and Monaghan Community Brass Band, in addition to a DJ-led live disco roadshow.

The Polar Express train will be making trips to Santa’s grotto, where children can get their word in early for their gift of choice, or alternatively drop a letter in Father Christmas’s postbox. A magical Christmas carousel, face painting and balloon modelling will also ensure that the youngsters have plenty of entertainment to enjoy.

Proceedings run from 4-6 pm.

At Monday’s MD meeting, Fine Gael councillor David Maxwell welcomed the fact that work had already commenced on the erection of Christmas lighting in the town.

Replying to Colr Maxwell, Acting Co-ordinator Dermot Deeney said that a different contractor from last year had been engaged to erect the lights. The job had been put out to tender and there had only been one submission. The price was less than last year, he added.

Mr Deeney added that he had been assured that…


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