Christmas magic at Ardara switch-on
After viewing Christmas card scenes from the warmth and and safety of their own homes for the last few weeks, the residents of Ardara and environs were delighted to get out and properly welcome Christmas last Friday.
There was a great turnout, one of the very best ever, for the turning on of the Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa. The evening's festivities started at 6.30pm on the square, with a concert of Christmas carols from the Glenties Brass Band. Mr Ardara himself, Conal Haughey, did the honours and switched the lights on at 7pm, while Cllr Terence Slowey was MC for the evening.
Then it was off to the comfort of the Nesbitt Arms Hotel for the arrival of Santa and the children's Christmas Party. Each child received a special gift as well as a goodie bag of sweets.
One of organisers, Stephen McCahill was delighted with how it all went. "We couldn't have been more pleased with the turnout, which was absolutely brilliant. I think people were keen to get out and celebrate after having been cooped up so long in the snow and ice. It was all great looking at the beautiful scenery and watching the children have fun in the snow, but I think everyone was more than ready to get out and about again. There was a real feeling that the Christmas season formally began on Friday and it was the start of a great weekend in the town.
"I'm sure the town's traders feel the same way. Friday was one of the first days that people could come out and do some Christmas shopping.
The council gritters did a great job on the main roads and the council made grit available to local people which really helped everyone cope during the big freeze. At the same time, though, Friday's thaw was a welcome break for everyone. It's all really put everyone into the Christmas spirit."