28 November 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

Christmas came to Monaghan Town last Sunday, with the formal switch-on of the county capital’s festive lighting display preceded by a Magnificent Show of music, dancing, a galaxy of children’s favourite characters and some words of wisdom and encouragement for the starry-eyed young people in the Church Square assembly from the sage personages of Santa Claus and his good lady wife.

Such a show needed a Magnificent Showman and had it in the energetic personage of Colin Walker in his costumeperfect personification of P T Barnum, a rousing ringmaster who stoked up the crowd’s anticipatory fervour for the town’s illumination and conducted his motley choir of Minions and Baby Sharks like a maestro. The dancers of the celebrated Scoil Rince Ní Bhrogáin and the young choristers of Coláiste Oiriall embodied the festive themes seamlessly in their practised performances, and the crowd was temporarily hushed into an admiring stillness by the rendition of one of the seminal Christmas tunes of the modern era, Walking In The Air, by Lucy O’Brien.

Master of Ceremonies Sean McCaffrey kept the crowd posted on the approach of Mr and Mrs Claus and their retinue, and upon their cheeredto- the-rafters arrival the matriarch and patriarch of Yuletide pronounced all the children of Monaghan as being listed in their good books. The widespread relief among the young ‘uns was reflected in the cherubic face of Northern Sound broadcaster McCaffrey when he learned that he too had escaped the censure of the naughty list. First citizen of the town Councillor Seán Conlon, Cathaoirleach of the Monaghan Municipal District, spoke of the role played by the MD….

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