1 December 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The fickle fates that govern the Irish weather might not have favoured Sunday’s big switch-on of the festive illuminations in Monaghan Town, but the event had a powerful antidote in its favour in the personage of no less than Santa Claus himself.

The great man took time out from his current hectic schedule to effectively banish any gloom that might have threatened to descend with the strengthening mizzle by taking to the Church Square stage to assure the children of Monaghan that they were all, down to the last boy and girl, on the Good List this year for the distribution of presents on Christmas Eve.

The representatives of the town’s tiny population perched on parents’ shoulders or occupying other equally favourable vantage points could be heard to make a collective exhale of relief. And they just had time to get their breath back to join in the countdown that presaged the press of Santa’s finger on the magic button that lit up the town…well, like a Christmas tree and turned those pesky raindrops into firefly glows of Yuletide warmth.

The climactic moment of the day’s programme was supervised by Master of Ceremonies Sean McCaffrey from Northern Sound and assisted by noteworthy civic personages Cathy Bennett…

Taking part in the Monaghan Town Christmas Lights Switch-On were (L-R) Cllr Cathy Bennett, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, Sean McCaffrey, Santa and Cllr Paudge Connolly, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Municipal District. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

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