lights and Santa visits!
More than 500 people turned out to greet Santa in Laghey on Friday evening.
Santa arrived by horse and trap, beautifully decorated for the occasion by owner Micheal Gallagher. As he travelled along Main Street, he was proceeded by pipers Stephen and Scott McElhinney, much to the delight of the huge crowd. Santa was also accompanied by a retinue of helpers, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, other reindeer, and his way was kept clear by a very kind garda escort.
MC Gerry Singer kept everything moving along in an enteraining fashion and Mayor Marion McGrea switched the lights on at 7pm. This was followed by an impromptu concert of Christmas carols, led by Master Ferriter.
After that, it was up to the Parish Hall for a Children's Party and Disco. Each child received a special gift and goodie bag.
One of the organisers, Desmond Kee, said there was a wonderful sense of community spirit in evidence. "The entire event was organised by volunteers, from putting up the lights to organising the party, with funding from the Laghey Blast Festival Committee. So many people came along to help make it a great occasion, especially for the children, we are delighted to see all the community coming together like this to celebrate the Christmas season."